I love luxurious herbal baths. I rarely take them, and since becoming a mother I can count the amount of times I’ve had one easily on one hand. Lately I’ve been speaking to a friend of mine who is a radical self-care devotee and uber-fan of what she refers to as ‘tubbie’ time. She has inspired me to find some herbal bath recipes to test and share with her for her birthday at the end of this month.
(SHHHHH! Don’t tell!)
Soothing Softening Milk Bath
Milk contains lactic acid, which helps to exfolate skin. Lavender comes in to provide post-workweek decompression and the cornstarch is added to make the water silky smooth and also soothe skin.
- 1 cup dry milk
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup lavender sprigs
Combine all in a decorative jar and use after a rough day to promote relaxation and sleep. Makes one bath.
Romantic Rose Bath
Rose is traditionally used to tonify and soften skin. Almond oil is also a great moisturizer and the vinegar exfoliates and reportedly neutralizes the water pH to prevent skin irritation from the essential oils.
- 3 drops rose essential oil
- 1 tbsp. sweet almond oil
- 1/4 cup rose water
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 handful dried rose petals
Add rose petals to the bottom of a pretty glass jar. Add oils and stir with a chopstick to blend. Top with rosewater and vinegar and shake well. makes one bath.
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