In many cultures, herbal baths are an important ritual. The bathers believe that when certain herbs are added to the bath water, they release not only their scent but their special energies. A bath using the protective herb rosemary, for instance, was thought to make the bather safe from the forces of negativity and evil. Bay, basil, and fennel are other protective herbs.
To recreate this ritual for yourself, put a cup and a half of crushed rosemary leaves and one/half cup each of crushed bay leaves, basil, and fennel into a quart jar. Pour boiling water over the herbs and let them steep. Strain into a warm bath. An alternative, using essential oils: blend 6 drops rosemary oil with 2 drops each of bay, basil, and fennel oils. Mix with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, such as grapeseed, jojoba, or almond. Relax, feeling safe and cared for. Add the oil blend to the bathwater just before you climb in, so you can enjoy the scent before the essential oils evaporate. Rub the droplets of oil onto your skin as you relax in the bath.