Many of these ingredients are in commercial ready-made lotions to soothe skin, but you can also get a powerful effect by using them individually. Always consult an herbalist or doctor before treating yourself, especially if you are pregnant.

  • Calendula
    Place 1/4 cup of the healing dried herb into a muslin bag and float in the tub to calm chapped skin.
  • Milk
    Sprinkle 250 grams of powdered milk into the bathwater and it will act as a soothing skin cleanser.
  • Neem, echinacea, or green tea extract
    Place 2 drops of tincture into a cream or oil and rub into skin. All of these herbs have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Oats
    Fill a sock or square of muslin with 1/4 cup store-bought organic oats and toss it in the tub. (Secure the sock or muslin tightly so the oats don’t leak.) Oats are a rich emollient due to their high gluten and mucilage content.
  • Rose hip, black currant, or macadamia nut oil
    Add 2 teaspoons of any of these oils to bathwater; they soften and moisturize because they contain the fatty acid linoleic acid.