Bathing can be invigorating and rejuvenating or relaxing and soothing depending which herbs and essential oils you mix into the tub. You can help the body heal or calm aching muscles by just changing the additives in your bath. So here are some recipes for you to try. For those of you that missed the bathing tips, or if you just need to refresh your memory, please read this previous post; http://uniquegardenessences.blogspot.com/2008/06/soaking-in-everything-you-should-know.html With all of these recipes, add essential oils after the bath is filled with warm water, and relax for 15-20. To help the oil mix in the water you can mix it with a cap full of baby shampoo or purse castille soap if you wish. ___Calming Bath___ 6 drop Juniper essential oil 6 drops Geranium essential oil This bath is soothing and acts as a sedative, while being spiritually uplifting. Juniper has many healing properties impacting the skin, immune system and circulatory system. In the bath Juniper helps combat mental fatigue and restores clam. Geranium oil is thought to balance hormones and stimulate the adrenals. ___An Aphrodisiac Bath____ 4 drops ylang ylang essential oil 3 drops neroli essential oil 2 drops bergamot essential oil 2 Tbs. honey 2 ounces fresh cream This recipe is said to relax the mind and stimulate sexuality and euphoria. ___Invigorating Bath___ 1/4 cup dried rosemary 1/4 cup dried sage 2 Tbs. oatmeal Rosemary relieves mental fatigue. Sage treats loss of concentration. Oatmeal softens the water. ___Stimulating Blend____ 1/4 cup dried basil 1/4 cup dried eucalyptus 1/4 cup dried peppermint Basil regenerates mental powers. Eucalyptus treats lack of concentration. Peppermint alleviates mental fatigue and lack of concentration, and revitalizes. ______Citrus Tonic_________ 1/4 cup lemon peel 1/4 cup grated orange peel 1 Tbs. dried parsley 1 Tbs. dried comfrey Lemon treats lethargy. Orange fights depression and anxiety. Parsley stimulates.Comfrey is a mild antiseptic. ___Relaxing Bath Infusion_____ 1 Tbs. dried peppermint 1 Tbs. dried lavender buds 1 Tbs. dried eucalyptus leaves 1 Tbs. dried chamomile flowers Peppermint alleviates mental fatigue and lack of concentration, it revitalizes. Lavender relaxes, soothes, promotes rest and sleep, and restores balance to the body systems. Eucalyptus treats lack of concentration, and helps you to breath deeply. Chamomile calms you and helps to tone the skin. You can also use bath additives to help with skin issues. ___Oily Skin Bath___ 4 drops cypress essential oil 4 drops orange essential oil Cypress oil is known for alleviating menopausal symptoms and circulatory problems, and will help remedy oily skin when used in the bath. The orange oil is a tonic for the muscular system and will combat wrinkles while rejuvenating the skin and giving the bath a fresh aroma. You should soak for the full 20 min. for best results. ___Dry Skin Bath___ 3 TBS. sweet almond oil 8 drops sandalwood essential oil Sandalwood has excellent skin healing properties, especially for cracked and chapped skin. Sweet almond oil is a light oil that is easily absorbed by the skin. Put these two together, and you have a great treatment for dry skin. You should only soak for 15 minutes, but you should use this treatment daily until you are healed. Make sure that you pat your skin dry and apply moisturizer after your bath. ___Normal Skin Bath___ 3 Tbs. olive oil 8 drops geranium oil Geranium oil is a multi-purpose essential oil. It is a mood elevator, antiseptic, insect repellent, athlete's foot remedy and more. In the bath, it is very soothing , rich and relaxing, with a great aroma. Olive oil is high in vitamins and mineral and helps to maintain the correct water balance and level of acidity, both internally and externally.