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Welcome to The Complementary Health Institute

An Online Learning Platform for Heath, Nutrition, Well-Being, Holistic Living, Herbal Medicine and Self Development Courses.


Welcome to CHI, an innovative online training platform for short courses about all aspects of Health, Herbs and Holistic Living.

If you want fresh knowledge about empowered living you’re in the right place. With the help of our courses you can acquire the wisdom to honour yourself and to encourage a self-governing state of joy, vitality, great health and wellbeing.

But it doesn’t stop there.


CHI’s growing resources of online courses makes learning fun and super easy. Better still, you can boost your wisdom at affordable prices.

We believe that knowledge is best served fresh and available to everyone, so that everyone has a chance to benefit from these powerful resources. And to get you started on your health journey (err… to sweeten the deal) we offer a range of free courses too.


Learning should be simple (+ fun). That’s why you can access each course from the comfort of your home. We know you’re busy, that’s why you can move through the lectures at your own pace. So take your time.

What students love the most about the CHI online study platform is that there are no tests or exams. At the completion of each course you will receive a certificate of completion from the CHI Institute.


I-accept-Bitcoin2Online learning comes with bulk benefits, such as:


  • EASE… learn in your own time and pace.
  • COMFORT… study at home.
  • CONTROL… you’re the boss, pick your study hours.
  • AFFORDABILITY… No need for timely and costly work commutes.
  • MORE FREEDOM… because you don’t require travel.
  • ADDITIONAL SKILLS… say hello to self empowerment and new possibilities.

How to enrol in a CHI course?

1. Press any of the course images to read more about that course.

2. Select a course to take, complete payment and we’ll give you immediate access to that course.

3. Proceed through the course in your own time (we give you all the time you need).

When you study with the CHI Online Institute you are taking a giant step forward into governing your own life. Take responsibility for your body, health, mind and spirit, for you and your family… and feel empowered about the life choices you make.


We aim to make these online courses educational, easy and enjoyable.


herbal-bathsThere are many benefits to be had from immersing your body into hot water, steeped with herbs. Even hydrotherapy the use of hot and cold water applications can have its own benefits. The nature of water allows it to be used externally and to be used as a tonic and a medicine.  Of course clean fresh spring water would have the greatest benefits. Rain water and snow water is the purest kinds of natural water.

There are several different types of baths and they are used for both similar and different purposes. Some cover the whole body while some are only used for a small part. They're all basically made the same way. The only main differences are their temperatures, sizes and lengths.Water is a great way to modify the temperature of the body, at higher temperatures it will stimulate circulation, cold water on the other hand will tranquilize or sedate circulation and other functions. Cold water can be applied indirectly to also act as a potent stimulant. The more vigorous and abrupt the application the more powerful the body reaction. Hot and cold can be quickly followed by one another to stimulate circulation and restore function to certain areas.

The word bath denotes a complete or partial immersion on the body in water or steam. Bath temperatures are;


Bath Temp

Temp in Fairenheight

Temp in Celsius

Very Cold

32 - 50

0 - 10


50 – 65

10 - 18


65 – 75

18 - 24


75 – 85

24 - 29


85 – 98

29 - 37


98 – 104

37 - 40

Very hot

104 and above

40 and above

Types of Baths

Cold bath – a quick cold plunge creates a thermic reaction. This gives the same reaction as the body’s initial reaction to heat. The body will gasp in air and the shock will cause rapid contraction of the cutaneous capillaries pushing a rush of blood back to the lungs and internal organs. The difficulty of breathing will disappear and as the person leaves the water a warmth or glow will invigorate the entire system. This type of bath will have a tonic action on the nervous system without hampering the activity of other body functions.
To encourage a thermic reaction put warm clothes on, drink hot beverages, exercise vigorously or briskly skin brush the skin after the plunge. These types of baths are not recommended for infants, the elderly and in debility or exhaustion.

Cool bath – actions are similar to those of the cold bath, though less powerful. These baths are better for children, debilitated and those to an aversion to cold.

Tepid bath – this type of bath has a modifying influence on the heat of the body. It acts to soften and cleanse the skin. This type of bath is best used about noon when breakfast digestion is over. A brisk walk after the bath is recommended.

Warm bath – this type of bath is not really working as a stimulant. It will reduce the pulse, slow respiration, lessen body heart and relax the skin. This temperature will not provoke a thermic reaction. This type of bath would be very effective in a fever.

Hot bath – a hot bath is very stimulating and the heat is an excitant. The secondary effect of the heat is to act as a depressant, which then has a reflex action to increase heat elimination. Hot baths are best not prolonged as the body can accumulate a rapid rise in temperature. 5 to 20 minutes is a good time frame. Hot baths are contra-indicated in weak heart, arteriosclerosis, debilitated old age, infancy and people who have suffered from strokes and heatstroke. Hot baths are excellent for elimination through sweating, therefore it could be useful in bronchial problems in children and to help relive chest congestion.

Herbs that can be used in a herbal bath include;



Relaxing herbs

Lavender, lime flowers, chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, valerian, red clover

Herbs for itchy skin

Chickweed, black walnut leaves, yellow dock, hyssop, chamomile, oatmeal

Herbs for muscular tension and pain

Mugwort, chamomile, horsetail

Herbs to aid circulation

Rosemary, yarrow, calendula, cayenne, ginger

Please use care when bathing babies, children and anyone who is very ill or weak as drowning can result, even in small amounts of water. If you are extremely ill, be extremely cautious when taking a hot bath as it could lead to passing out and possibly drowning.

Baths can be used to generally splashed onto the skin to treat wounds, rashes, ulcers and other skin conditions, it can be used hot (not boiling), room temperature or cold.

Spiritual uses - washes are used for ritual purification, of "washing away" problems, negativity, illness, etc. They can also be used for consecration of people, places and things.


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