A sweet and floral infusion that has cleansing, calming and nourishing properties.
All of those benefits also make this infusion a great natural support for people suffering from eczema and minor skin conditions.
Drink it and soak in it! Indeed, soaking in a herbal bath is great for the skin and detoxifies.
Scroll down to find out how to make a botanical bath.
What's in it?
Oat Grass belongs to the family Poaceae, joining the other supergreen grasses such as Wheatgrass and Barleygrass. Oat Grass is very antioxidant rich, containing a recently discovered member of the flavonoid family, tricin. It is recognised as a valuable human health compound due to its antioxidant, anti-aging and cardio-protective potentials.
Caution: If you are sensitive to gluten – oats are often cross-contaminated with gluten.
Milk Thistle is perhaps most famous for its restorative effects on the liver. It is anti-fibrotic (meaning it prevents tissue scarring), and is thought to act as a “toxin blockade agent” by inhibiting the binding of toxins to the liver cell membrane receptors. This prevents viral toxins and other toxic substances getting into the liver cells and damaging them, whilst also aiding in the removal of these harmful substances from the cells.
Topical use of Marshmallow root can relieve skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It is also effective in treating insect bites, wounds, dry or chapped skin and burns. Its potent anti-inflammatory properties, coupled with the healing, soothing, skin softening mucilage heal and protect the skin. It is such a gentle herb that it is extremely well tolerated by those with hyper-sensitive skin that is prone to allergic reactions.
The antioxidant properties of Hibiscus can protect the liver. A refreshing cup of Hibiscus tea can help to flush and cleanse the liver.
Herbs that are good for the liver tend to also benefit the kidneys, and Hibiscus is no different in this respect. Hibiscus tea has also been shown to have diuretic properties. Diuretics help to stimulate the kidneys by allowing urine to be passed more frequently and in greater quantity. This helps to cleanse the kidneys and can prevent water retention.
Lavender has been in documented use for over 2,500 years, with its name coming from the Latin root “lavare”, meaning “to wash”. It most likely earned its name because it was frequently used in baths to purify the body and spirit.
Its pain relieving properties, combined with its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it an effective skin treatment that stimulates the cells to regenerate more quickly, and prevent scarring.
Marigold (Calendula Flowers) Flowers
Calendula’s most popular use from ancient times to modern day has been for healing the skin of wounds, burns, rashes, itchiness, bites and swelling. It has been found that Marigold has the ability to promote the growth of healthy new tissue, increase blood flow to the affected area, boost collagen production (which firms and strengthens skin), hydrate dry skin and speed up the process of skin repair following surgery or damage.
Calendula can stimulate menstruation, so pregnant women should not use it internally without consulting first with their GP.
Infuse 1 or 2 heaped teaspoons in water heated at 80-90°c, for 4-6 minutes.
Whole leaves take longer to infuse but it is definitively worth it!
Crush or grind the herbs prior to use.
Make sure that all ingredients are well mixed. Lighter particles and powders tend to sink at the bottom of the packet.
Do not leave herbs to steep in water as this may result in a slightly bitter infusion.
For best results, drink twice a day every day.
Natural herbal remedies can take longer to act and require regular use but it is definitively worth it if it means not poisoning yourself with artificial substances.
Also, check out Eczema Remedy.
In the case of skin conditions like eczema, it is actually one of the best ways to reduce symptoms and heal, even though a herbal bath is great for everyone. Fantastic for the skin, soothing and detoxifying.
Simply add about half a cup of Calming Detox to a bath tea ball or an old clean sock.
Alternatively, you can also make a 'tea bag' by wrapping the herbs in a square of muslin or cotton (use an old t-shirt), close with a piece of string or make a knot.
Herbs are powerful on their own but their magic also works synergistically - meaning that combined they can be even more powerful.
- Calming Detox
- Calming Detox
- Eczema Remedy
- Healthy Skin
Note from the Alchemist:
We describe and promote our products in good faith. The information provided about the beneficial properties of all of our products is derived from the use and characteristics commonly attributed to them. Benefits of our products may vary from person to person. It is always advisable to seek the opinion of a professional herbalist or your GP.