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Simple, Beautiful DIY Herbal Bath Recipes

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An herbal bath is more than just a pleasant way to relax. When you create an herb-infused bath, you can soothe tense muscles, promote healthy circulation, purify your skin, and much more. 

If you’ve never tried an herbal bath recipe before, this is the guide for you. It’s much easier than you think to create this amazing self-care experience!


Quick Herbal Bath Recipe Tips Before You Start

Yes, an herbal bath is simple, but don’t just snip off plants from your garden and throw them in hot water! Follow these short, essential steps.

  • Test your herbs first. If you’ve never used an herb before, don’t test it by submerging your full body into it. Always test your herbs by putting a small amount in hot water and seeing if you like the scent and feel first. 
    • This is also very important to test for allergies. Chamomile, for example, while having myriad wellness benefits, can irritate people sensitive to ragweed. 
  • Use a sachet or fine mesh strainer to prevent clogged drains. While floating around in rose petals and herbs can look magical, you don’t want to have to call the plumber afterward. Use a fine-mesh strainer for your drain, place your herbs in a sachet or muslin bag, or use a dissolvable powder such as a kratom bath bomb


“Peaceful Sleep” DIY Herbal Bath Recipe

Relax after a busy day by indulging in this herbal bath shortly before bed.

You’ve likely heard of lavender and chamomile for helping you sleep. Their most common use is to promote a sense of tranquility, and the pleasant aroma helps ease you into a peaceful sleep. Valerian, another well-known herb for sleep, has been used as a mild sedative for thousands of years and is commonly blended with the hops plant for a stronger effect. (Yes, the same hops used for brewing beer, but we promise — you won’t feel like you’re bathing in beer!) 

What really elevates this herbal bath recipe is the addition of two powerful plants: hemp and kratom. CBD, a cannabinoid derived from hemp, helps restore the body’s natural rhythms and ease you into a restful sleep. A DIY kratom bath bomb harnesses the power of the tropical Mitragyna Speciosa, a plant known for centuries to have relaxing, soothing benefits.

  • Lavender, 2-3 sprigs, dried or fresh, or ~5 drops lavender essential oil
  • Valerian Root, a heaping tablespoon, dried
  • Hops, a heaping tablespoon, dried
  • Chamomile, dried sprigs or 2 tablespoons of dried powder
  • CBD oil
  • DIY Kratom Bath Bomb, the perfect way to end your bath. Use this DIY bath bomb guide with pure kratom powder, preferably red-vein strains for the best effect.


“Wake Up & Smell the Roses” DIY Herbal Bath Recipe

Baths aren’t just for quiet evenings. If you’re waking up with a busy or important day ahead of you, invigorate your body with a refreshing herbal bath that promotes energy and focus. Alternatively, you can make this rose petal bath as a classic romantic gesture, adding a kratom bath bomb made with special aphrodisiac herbs to further enhance the effect.

This herbal bath recipe is sure to wake you up. Rose petals look beautiful, smell amazing, and are great for your health: they contain vitamin C and antioxidants that enrich your skin and clear your mind. Ylang-ylang smells divine, and helps with your blood circulation. Kanna is a powerful South African succulent famous for inspiring a sharp, lasting burst of energy.

  • Rose Petals, fresh, dried, or both, as many as you like
    • Ylang-ylang oil, ~10 drops
  • Kanna, dried, 1-2 tablespoons
  • Kratom bath bomb


“You’ve Worked Out, Now Veg Out” DIY Herbal Bath Recipe

Soothe sore muscles and release the tension in your body after physical strain. Like a stint in the sauna, a hot bath is a wonderful way to speed up the recovery process after a workout, and it feels incredible.

Peppermint is a well-known muscle relaxant, and it both smells and feels amazing. Cardamom and ginger, members of the same family, are known to clear your sinuses and soothe your senses with their intense aroma. Blue lotus extract is a lesser-known, powerful plant from Egypt and Asia that has been prized since ancient times for its euphoria-inducing effects. 

  • Peppermint, a handful of dried or fresh sprigs
  • Cardamom, ~3 tablespoons of the pods
  • Ginger, dried and sliced, ~3 tablespoons

It’s not technically part of an herbal bath, but we also recommend dissolving ½ cup Epsom salts in your bath, an age-old method of releasing muscle tension.


“Pore Cleanser” DIY Herbal Bath Recipe

Herbal bath recipes are highly popular amongst skin care enthusiasts! The steam from a hot bath opens your pores, making your skin highly receptive to the essential oils and nourishing benefits of these natural ingredients. 

Calendula is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and soothing effect on the skin, and it smells absolutely divine. Eucalyptus and tea tree leaves come with powerful cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties, and are highly sought-after in the skincare world. Add CBD for its added wellness benefits and pore cleansing capabilities.

  • Calendula, ½ cup dried flowers
  • Eucalyptus leaves, fresh or dried, as many as you like
  • Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaves, fresh or dried, as many as you like, or tea tree oil, 5-10 drops
  • CBD oil

Shop Kratora for Refreshing, Potent Ethnobotanicals for Your Herbal Bath Recipes

No matter which recipe you choose to try, make sure you purchase your ethnobotanicals from a trustworthy source. At Kratora, our products are third-party tested for potency, purity, and quality assurance. Read our stellar reviews to understand what makes Kratora the best place online for incredible kratom and herbal products!

Please note that the US FDA has not approved kratom to be sold for human consumption, sold for external use only. The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products sold on our website are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition.

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