The Science of Beauty in the Bath - Special Bath Recipes

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:

a. Nourishing

b. Stimulating

c. Toning

d. Soothing

e. Relaxing

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.