Even if you're a shower person on a day to day basis, sometimes nothing but a bath will do. You can't beat the relaxing feel of a nice hot bath. Take some time for yourself, shut out the daily rigors of life, light some candles and soak in your tub.
For an even better relaxation experience, add one of the natural home-made bath recipes. They're all easy to make from simple ingredients and are sure to help you relax after a busy day.
SLEEPY TIME HERBAL BATH
4 tbsp dried chamomile
3 tbsp dried lemon balm
2 tbsp dried passionflower
1 tbsp dried valerian
If you're wound up at night and want to relax and calm down before bed, throw together a herbal mixture like the one above. You can mix it up ahead and then toss a few tablespoons in a hot bath. Any of the following herbs can be used alone or in conjunction with others, they include: chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, hops, marjoram, sandalwood, passionflower and valerian - as they all promote relaxation.
HERBAL SCENTED BATH BOMBS
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup lemon juice
8 drops an essential oil of your choice*
1/2 tsp sweet almond oil
2 drops food coloring (optional)
Mix these ingredients into a doughish consistency and shape into small balls or use a cute shaped muffin tin. The baking soda in these bombs make them fizz when they are dropped in the water. Make sure that the essential oil you choose is safe for direct skin contact.
GOLDEN MILK BATH
4 cups powdered milk
1 cup boiled water
1/2 cup dried chamomile or 5 chamomile tea bags
Boil the water and steep the chamomile in it for half an hour. Strain the liquid, add the powdered milk, stir and add to your warm bath. Very relaxing and good for your skin.
AFTER BATH MOISTURIZING BODY MIST
1 tablespoon of grape seed oil
1/4 cup of witch hazel
1 tbsp of your favorite scented oil
So easy, all you have to do is pour all the contents into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray yourself all over after you step out of your bath and gently rub it into your skin. A great, natural way to add moisture to your skin.
IN A HURRY WAKE-UP BATH
5 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops spruce essential oil
1 tbsp vinegar
If you're feeling a bit sluggish just put these essential oils and vinegar into your warm bath and you'll be amazed at how much more invigorated you'll feel afterwards.
THE BATH OF MILK AND HONEY
4 tbsp honey;
1 quart boiling water;
6 tablespoons dried milk powder
Mix the honey and boiling water together until the honey dissolves, then let it sit and cool. After the honey water has cooled add the milk powder and mix together. Add the mixture to the bath and stir until everything has dissolved and slide on in. You skin will feel so soft and smooth when you're done and it's a great way to combat the dry winter months.
All of these herbal bath recipes (with the exception of the milk baths) are also great to make in fancy containers and give as gifts to family and friends.
*When you an essential oil for scent, read warnings about use. Some oils are not intended to have direct contact with skin. Avoid rosemary and peppermint essential oil's if you are pregnant or nursing.
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