By: Dee Braun
On occasion it is beneficial to take time to relax in a soothing special bath and smooth the skin.
Depending on what you put into the water, a bath can be:
Easy additions to the bath water are as follows:
a. 1 cup of vinegar: Soften water / soothe dry and itching skin
b. 1 tablespoon of ground oatmeal: Soothe / soften skin
c. 1 cup of powdered milk: Nourish skin / combat dryness
d. 1 large spoon of honey: Relieve tiredness / sleeplessness
e. Orange or Lemon peel: For a pleasant odour
f. 2 tablespoons of laundry starch: Tighten / smooth skin
g. 2 handfuls of Epsom salts: Combat tiredness
Herbal Bath Treatments
Herbal baths have traditionally been incorporated into a beauty treatment regime. The more popular herbs for the bath include the following:
* Chamomile flowers, Elder flowers, Thyme: Softening / soothing skin
* Mint, Rosemary: Stimulating circulation
* Blackberry leaves: Clearing the skin
* Comfrey: Chapped, sore, spotty skin
* Lavender: For the pleasant odor and very relaxing to the mind and emotions
Autumn Body Polish
* 1/8 cup finely ground Sunflower seed meal (try using a coffee grinder)
* 1/8 cup applesauce
* Mix ingredients into a paste, then apply with gentle circular motions into your face, throat, chest, arms, and legs.
* Allow formula to remain on skin for 10 minutes so the Sunflower oils can be released and your thirsty skin can absorb them.
* Rinse with warm water and gently pat dry.
Makes enough for one application.
Buttermilk Bath Salts
Here is another variation on bath salts.
* 1 cup Buttermilk Powder
* 1 cup Sea Salt
* Add up to 24 drops of Essential Oils.
Blend well, keep in a sealed jar. Use 1/2 cup per bath. This makes enough for 4 baths.
Almond Bath Bomb
* 1/4 cup baking soda
* 2 tablespoons citric acid or Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C Powder)
* 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
* 2 tablespoons sweet Almond oil
* 1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
* 1/4 teaspoon Essential Oil of choice
Combine dry ingredients in bowl and stir until well blended. Drizzle in Almond oil and stir until mixture is moistened. Add Vitamin E and Essential Oil. Stir until well mixed.
Take teaspoon size globs of mixture and form balls. If mixture is crumbly, add more Vitamin E Oil. If too wet, add more baking soda.
Put balls on Sheet of wax paper and leave for 2 or 3 hours. Reshape balls, then let air dry and harden for 10 days. Store in a closed container.
To use, add one or two balls to hot bath and enjoy.