Do you need to relax? Does your skin need a little pampering? Are you searching for the perfect gift you can tailor to specific needs? It is time take a bath. It is easy to make your own herbal bath soaks. Use my simple recipe and tips below to get started. The key to creating a memorable product and bathing experience is to fill the bag with high quality ingredients.
You will need:
- a length of (food) muslin cloth
- a ribbon or string to secure the top that is long enough to hang down under the running water of the tap while the bath fills
- dried herbs of your choice
- any extra nourishing additions that you have on hand, or would like to use (see below for examples)
These simple bath soaks are a lovely personal gift. The beauty of a DIY gift such as this is that they may be filled with ingredients designed to suit a mood, a skin type, or situation eg: relaxing, dry skin, after sun care, sore muscles etc.
Be sure to pin this post as an idea for teacher gifts at the end of the school year.
To make your own herbal bath soak, use a combination of base ingredients, or just one, with dried herbs of your choice. Some base ingredient options to consider adding to you bag may include:
|Argiletz Clay||Softening for the skin, detoxifying, rich in minerals|
|Cocoa Butter||Softening and soothing, protective, quick absorption.|
|Epson Salts||Softening, anti inflammatory, detoxifying|
|Shea Butter||Softening, healing, natural sun screen, prevention of dry skin, Vitamin E and Provitamin A,wounds, dermatitis, sunburn, irritation, elimination of rough flaky skin.|
If you have been reading my skin care posts you will notice that I repeat the use of many of these ingredient. Their usage is wide and varied. You will be able to make many skin care products using common base ingredients.
One of my favorite herbal soaks is this simple recipe below:
- 2 tablespoon coco butter
- 3 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
- lemon peel cut into thick strips
- 2 tablespoons white or green argiletz clay
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
- Cut a large square of muslin cloth
- Add your chosen ingredients to the center of the square
- Pull up the edges of the square to the center and wrap a ribbon around the top. Allow enough length to hand the bag from the tap
- Hang over the bath tap in the stream of the warm water while the bath is running
- Once the bath has run you can float the bag in the water if you wish or give it a squeeze to release the fragrant ingredients.
To make the bath soak I collected some fresh lavender, removed the stems and dehydrated the flowers for a few hours in my dehydrator. You could use fresh lavender if you wish, but if you are intending to give the Herbal Bath Soak as a gift I suggest that you use dried herbs as they will store better if not used straight away. If you have lavender in your garden you can dry the flowers on a tray in a sheltered sunny position for approximately one week if you do not have a dehydrator.
If you do not have spray free lavender flowers in your garden, don’t despair, simply use a couple of drops of lavender essential oil. It is much stronger than dried lavender flowers so only a few drops are required.
This herbal bath soak uses lavender flowers from my garden. As with all plants there are multiple varieties, with varying properties. When using essential oils I choose to use Lavendula Augustifolia.
Let me tell you some of the things that I love about Lavender essential oil :
Some of the properties include:
- Anti inflammatory
- Burns, cuts and bites
- Emotionally calming, soothing, relaxing, sedative
- Pain relief
- Wound healing
Lavender essential oil is considered to have balancing properties, thus may be beneficial for mood swings and emotions such as frustration, anxiety and exhaustion.
See what I mean? It is a miracle oil!
Items to note:
I am providing this warning because it is important to understand that if you are going to use essential oils, instead of dried lavender flowers, that they are very powerful. A few drops are plenty to add to a bath product. They should be used with care and respect.
The properties of Lavender essential oil that I have described above are based on the use of a true steam distilled Lavender oil of therapeutic quality, not a synthetic reproduction (fragrance oil).
None of the information in this post should be considered as medical information or advice. Consult the advice of a qualified aromatherapist prior to using essential oils for children, pregnant women, or any medical conditions.
Although Lavender and the other products that I have listed are predominately plant based, some people may still have an adverse reaction if an allergy exists. If an irritation occurs discontinue usage immediately.
Do you love to have a bath? What do you love to add to your bath at the end of a hectic, stressful day to unwind?
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