There are several prominent healers who administered most of their herbal formulas via the bath. Depending on the herbs or herbal formulas you choose and the temperature of the water, you can create either a relaxing bath or a stimulating, uplifting one, or a bath that is soothing or decongesting, or good for depression. Herbal baths open up the pores of the skin, our largest organ of elimination and assimilation. Bathing is nothing less than immersing yourself in a strong infusion of healing herbal tea.
The water should be warm or hot for a relaxing bath, cool to cold for a stimulating bath, and tepid for a neutral bath. Place the herbs in a large handkerchief, clean nylon stocking, or strainer, and tie it on the nozzle of the tub. (There are also largely stainless steel strainers made exactly for this purpose; look for them in your local herb or kitchen shops.) Allow the hot water to flow through the herb bag until the tub is half-filled. Adjust the water temperature as desired and fill the tub the rest of the way. Herbal baths may also be administered solely to the feet or hands. All of the nerve endings in the entire body pass through the feet and hands, making them a map of our inner being.
Chronic problems are long-term imbalances such as PMS, chronic back pain, migraines, arthritis, and allergies. They usually develop slowly over a period of weeks or months and generally require a long-term commitment to correct the imbalance. Chronic problems can flare up and manifest acute symptoms, but the underlying problem is long-standing. Acute problems come on suddenly, reach a crisis quickly, and need an immediate response. Acute problems can be toothaches, headaches, menstrual cramps, and burns. Pain is often an acute symptom, but it can be caused by either an acute or a chronic problem.
PREPARATION DOSAGE FOR CHRONIC CONDITIONS DOSAGE FOR ACUTE CONDITIONS
Tea 3–4 cups daily for 5 days, rest for 2 days, then repeat for several weeks, or until the problem is corrected 1/4–1/2 cup throughout the day, up to 3–4 cups, until symptoms subside.
Extracts or tinctures 1/2–1 teaspoon 3 times daily for 5 days, rest for 2 days, then continue for several weeks, or until the problem is corrected 1/4–1/2 teaspoon every 30–60 minutes until symptoms subside.
Capsules or tablets 2 capsules/tablets 3 times daily for 5 days, rest for 2 days, then continue for several weeks, or until the problem is corrected 1 capsule/tablet every hour until symptoms subside.