One of my favorite restorative rituals during mxnstruation is herbal baths.
Herbal baths are simple, easy to do as long as you have access to a bathtub, and can be a beautiful ritual. Hot baths promote sweating (which helps the body release anything unwanted), and warming the abdomen helps relax the muscles and promote circulation, which can be especially helpful just before and during bleeding.
Hot baths also connect us with the water aspect - the emotional, yin, feminine side.
Basic technique: Bring a pot of water up to a boil (4 cups is a great amount). Add into the pot 1-2 handfuls of herbs (see ideas below). Put a lid on the pot, and run your bath. When the tub is mostly full, bring the pot into the bathroom with a kitchen strainer. Strain the herb-infused water into the tub, and climb in (all while being careful not to burn yourself!).
Light a candle, listen to beautiful music, add a few drops of essential oil if you desire. Release. Don’t look at your phone, watch/read the news, think about your to-do list, or even call a friend. This is time alone.
roses, calendula, chamomile, sage, rosemary, comfrey
For menstruation support:
red raspberry leaf, yarrow, mugwort, nettle, skullcap, lemon balm
lavender, linden, hops, passionflower
Do you have favorite plants you love to add to herbal baths?