Winter Botanical Bath Soak

For a warming soak, consider the fascinating role of fascia, or connective tissue, which extends around the lymph and entire body. With 250 million nerve endings, it's our largest sensory organ, constantly relaying environmental information to the brain. Many aromatic compounds in herbs can be absorbed through the skin into the fascia, triggering whole-body effects. Modern research shows that warm water baths can strengthen the immune system.

Tailor your bath experience with knowledge of plants: choose grounding roots like ginger or tree barks like cedar or pine if overwhelmed, or fragrant flowers, particularly citrus, for an energizing experience. After a hot soak, a cold compress or cooler shower can be balancing, toning blood vessels, creating a healthy inflammation response, and toning the gut-brain axis.*