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Who does not love a warm and relaxing bath? One of my favorite ways to relax is to soak in a warm bath with my favorite scents, candles, and homemade products. The best part about making your own bath products is you avoid all the toxic chemicals that commercial products use. Also, homemade products will cost you less than the brands that you find in the store.
In this article, I have put together several homemade bath recipes that you can start using today. Always check with a professional to make sure the ingredients mentioned in these recipes are safe for you and your family.
Cleopatra’s Milk Bath
Legend has it that Cleopatra bathed in donkey’s milk and this is why her skin remained incredibly smooth and soft. Donkey’s milk is a little difficult to find these days and you can easily substitute it with herbs and citrus.
To make this, simply use several springs of fresh rosemary, thyme and mint. Use at least two tablespoons each of dried herbs if fresh aren’t available. Combine with the peel of one orange and one lemon. Add these ingredients to 2 cups of water, bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid.
Add the herb citrus liquid to the bath water and at least one cup of dry powdered milk as the tub is filling. You can use up to four cups of powdered milk. If you do, the tub is a bit harder to clean afterwards. Fill the bathtub with warm, but not hot water. Soak in the tub for at least 15 minutes up to 30 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. Pat dry and moisturize.
Floral Vinegar Bath
Add one quart of apple cider vinegar to the warm bathwater. Add several drops of your favorite floral essential oil. The scent of the vinegar disappears and the floral scent takes over. Apple cider vinegar diluted with water and applied with a washcloth soothes sunburned or irritated skin.
Muscle Soothing Bath
Add one cup of salt, one cup of baking soda, and one cup of Epsom salts to warm to slightly hot bath water as the tub is filling. Add one teaspoon of citrus essential oil. Lime, lemon, orange, tangerine and grapefruit are energizing. If you would prefer a relaxing bath use lavender essential oil.
Oatmeal and Cookies Bath
Place one cup of oatmeal, a tablespoon of vanilla extract, a few drops of cinnamon, or a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and one cup of water in the blender and pulsate until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the mixture to the bath tub as it’s filling.
Soak in Chocolate
We all love chocolate but now is your chance to bath in it. Add 1/2 cup cocoa to two cups of Epsom salt. Drizzle in 1/4 cup liquid soap. Mix well. Add 1/2 cup of the mixture to your bath water.
Many herbs have invigorating qualities, but herbal baths can be messy. There are several ways to solve the problem. First, you can use coffee filters. Fill the coffee filter with the dry herb of your choice, tie with string and let float in the bathtub while it fills.
Second, you can use a tea caddy that would normally be filled with loose tea. Fill with your dry herb and place under the faucet as the tub fills.
Third, you can also purchase cheesecloth’s at the grocery store. Cut a triple layer square, fill with herbs, either fresh or dry, and tie with string and place under the faucet as it fills.
Another alternative is to use the essential oil of the herb instead of the herb itself. Add up to one tablespoon of oil to your bath.
Herbs and Their Benefits
Basil – relieves stress and helps lift depression
Bergamot – lifts the spirits
Marjoram – relieves stress
Mint – uplifts and energizes
Sage – invigorates
Citrus – energizes
Oregano – increases circulation
Rosemary – energizes