When to Do an Herbal Soak
Dry Chapped Skin
Treat Herpes Outbreak
If you are contraindicated to Steam and Would Still Like to Benefit From Herbs an herbal soak is one way to do that.
It is also good to add in an herbal soak after a steam session to treat active infections.
Herbal Soak Directions
1) Get a beverage tub large enough for you to sit in. Preferably use something non-plastic.
2) Prepare your steam herbs as you would normally for a steam session. Use 1.5 liters/quarts of water.
3) Fill up the beverage tub with 1.5 liters/quarts of room temperature or cold water first.
4) Next, using pot holders carefully pour the pot of prepared steam herbs into the beverage tub. (The result of the room temperature water and the herbal water should be luke warm water.)
5) Remove bottoms and take a seat in the beverage tub.
6) Soak for 10-20 min or longer if you like.
Prevent from getting cold. Have a blanket or towel nearby to use around you if you start to get cold.
Is this the same as a sitz bath?
A sitz bath usually refers to a small plastic bowl that goes on the toilet.
A sitz bath can also be used for an herbal soak but there are a couple downsides.
1) The sitz bath bowls are made from plastic which can taint herbs with toxins. (Beverage tubs, alternatively come in steel.)
2) There is a much smaller amount of water and surface that a sitz bath covers. (If you use the beverage tub you can use a lot more water and it will be touching a lot more of your body including the clitoris and anus.)