Human beings have a natural desire to clean and refresh themselves every day. Herbal baths were a norm during the ancient period when civilizations were learning aromatherapy for rejuvenating. Romans and Greeks used herbs extensively for cleansing.
People find different ways to beat the weather blues and season’s unexpected heavy downpours and extreme temperatures. Some relax in spa, some turn to green outdoors and some seek solace in musical endeavours. Many of us desire to have a bath after a tiring day; it is so effective in lifting out spirits. A cozy, warm herbal bath with natural salts can do wonders to the body. If it proceeds by a lavish body massage, the herbal bath is capable of relinquishing the tension and a complete celestial experience.
The studies and research show presence of aroma therapy when ancient Egyptians and Hebrews use herbs for cleaning the muck from the skin and dressing the body with fresh fragrance of lavender herb.
Babylonians and Greeks used perfumes and herbal ointments for body care.
They used herbs profusely more than what we know about and use today in our day to day lives. Cinnamon and peppermint were used for their mild fragrances and cooling effects. Daisy was not only consumed in tea, the fresh blooms found their way to in making scented bath spas. The delicate perfumes of marjoram and lemon balm were used as perfumes. The art of making perfumes that last longer was flourishing at these times.
Herbal oils were used for massage during baths. They relaxed the muscles and relieved the nerves from exhaustion. The Romans new the knowledge of herbal oils made from olive. Ancient Ayurveda mentions the beauty enhancement from almond and castor oil.
Ayurveda stresses the need of herbal bath that relieves tense muscles and tendons. It also unties the knots, opens the pores, relieves the skin pores from toxins and clogging; not to mention the healing effect enhanced with the medicinal herbs.
In ancient Ayurveda originated from Asia, bathing was termed as a therapeutic activity that was a must for kings after a heavy day’s work. The Queens used to have leisure bath made with luxury items of those days which involved rose and jasmine scents.
Ancient Greeks used steam bath which they called “Laconia”. The bath was built in the form of a spherical dome which had fire under the ground. The fire was heated by rocks which were brought in the center of bath and placed there for everyone to inhale and enjoy the aroma when steam was poured onto it to create steam for warmth. The herbs used were the fragrant bay laurel, aromatic fir, pine and juniper. The infusions of all such healing herbs were used for their therapeutic effect that was heavenly.