Soak Your Way to Wellness

This delightful steam bath provides healthy benefits, as well as the plain enjoyment of a nice long soak on a cold winter’s day.  I encourage the use of whole herbs in these types of steams. It is important to take time to interact with the complete herb with all of your senses.

But, if you do not have access to these herbs, you can replace them with one drop of their corresponding essential oil. This will produce a different aroma profile and steam experience than the whole herb but will carry many of the same benefits.

Be sure to keep your eyes closed during the steam.

About The Ingredients:

Thyme Thymus vulgaris (L.) in this steam is cleansing and clearing to the lungs and respiratory system. Thyme T. vulgaris is fortifying and carries yang and fire qualities we need in the cold winter months. But, thyme T. vulgaris also has soothing properties.

Ginger Zingiber officinale (Roscoe) is a well-known warming herb, which has an affinity for the digestive tract. Fresh ginger Z. officinale also promotes healthy circulation and movement. Ginger’s Z. officinale stimulating, pungent aroma awakens our senses.

Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus (Stapf) is sweet, sharp, and citrusy. It is very uplifting to the mind but simultaneously is relaxing. Lemongrass C. citratus also carries cleansing, purifying properties.

Lastly, I always include citrus wherever I can in my winter seasonal preparations. Their brightness and purifying qualities are very welcome in the dark months. And their cleansing actions help relieve congested, dull skin and emotions. Grapefruit’s Citrus paradisi (Macfad.) gentle note of optimism and hope is no exception.

Ingredients:

Thyme Thymus vulgaris: 1/8 cup dried, ¼ cup fresh or 1 drop of essential oil
Ginger Zingiber officinale: 1/8 cup dried, ¼ cup fresh or 1 drop of essential oil
Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus: 1/8 cup dried, ¼ cup fresh or 1 drop of essential oil
Large grapefruit Citrus paradisi: one peel or 1 drop of essential oil