Baths

This month’s ezine is going to focus on bath time additives to take away stress and make a warm bath a relaxing place to be!  ENJOY!

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APHRODITE’S BATH MELTS
2 oz grated coca butter
2 oz baking soda
3 Tbsp of powdered oatmeal (optional)
1 oz citric acid
4 drops Patchouli
4 drops Ylang Ylang
2 drops Sandalwood
Mix baking soda, oatmeal & citric acid together.  Set aside.  Melt cocoa butter in microwave or “bain-marie”.  Add essential oils.  Add dry ingredients to melted cocoa butter.  Pour into ice trays or soap moulds.  Place in freezer for 30 minutes.
Store in jars or plastic bags.  Keep cool
To use, place 1-2 cubes (if using ice cube tray) to 1/2 filled tub.
TIP:  Before pouring mixture into moulds, you can sprinkle some dried herbs at the bottom.  You can use rosebuds, whole rosehips or rose petals to decorate each melt.  You can also use food coloring.
BATH BOMBS
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup citric acid
1/8 cup epsom salts (optional)
*also witch hazel in a spary bottle various essential oils & dried herbs
Sift all dry ingredients in a glass bowl.  Add essentail oils (about 10-20 drops per recipe- *see below for blends*)
Spray 3 times with witch hazel and mix well.  Keep spraying the mix until it clumps when you squeeze it in your hands, but make sure it is not wet.  Add dried herbs if using.  Press firmly into moulds (ice cube trays, soap moulds…)  Let sit one minute in mould, then carefully take them out and place on wax paper.  If your house/apartment is humid, remember to place a clean tea towel over the bombs and place under a fan.  This will prevent the bombs from activating.  Let dry 24-48 hours.
Here are a few aromatherapy blends to use with this recipe:
STRESS RELIEF BLEND
5 drops ginger
7 drops bergamot
2 drops geranium (use dried geranium)
SLEEPYTIME BLEND
5 drops Chamomile
10 drops lavender (use 2 tbsps of dried lavender and/or chamomile)
MORNING FRESH BLEND
6 drops lemongrass
15 drops petitgrain or neroli (use dried lemongrass or dried lemon peel)
PMS BLEND
8 drops clary sage
10 drops lavender (use dried lavender flowers)
BUBBLING BATH SALTS
1 cup each of
Epsom salt
Coarse sea salt or rock salt
fine sea salt
powdered milk
Mr. Bubbles or similar dry bubble bath
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Add:
2 to 4 tbsp of glycerin (to texture preference)
4 to 6 drops of essential oils or fragrance oils of your choice
Mix well
Add 3 to 4 drops of food coloring or a package of unscented Koolaid.  This is for color but it also adds a fruity scent to the overall scent of your salts.  Try mixing and matching colors.  Fill a selected container.  Use one cup in a full bath.
BUBBLE BATH
2 cups unscented phosphate free natural dishwashing liquid
1/2 cup glycerine
50 drops of your favorite essentail oil
Mix all ingredients and put into a squeeze bottle.  Squeeze into bath under running water.
HONEY ALMOND BUBBLE BATH
1 Tbs light oil (olive oil)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup liquid soap ( like liquid antibacterial soap)
1 Tbs almond extract
1 Tbs glycerine
Mix all together in a squirt bottle.  Use 1/4 cup ber bath.
HERBAL BATH TEA BAGS
To make your own bath teas try this.  You can always use different herbs.  You can get pre-made muslin tea bags or use cheese cloth bag you have to make a little folded packet and sew it together.  You can also use a bit of string to tie up the top instead, as you will be throwing this away after you use it.
1/2 cup grated ginger root
2 tbs of dried lemon verbena
2 tbs of dried chamomile
2 tbs of dried lavender
2 tbs of dried lemon balm
2 tbs of dried sweet marjoram
2 tbs of grated goldenseal root
2 tbs dried plantatin leaves
fresh or dried rosemary sprigs
fresh or dried of any mints
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and then place into the bag.  Place into your hot bath.  Have fun!
HONEY OATMEAL MILK BATH
1 cup powdered milk
1 cup finely ground oats
1/2 cup honey powder
2 tsp fragrant oil of your choice
Place all ingredients into a glass or stainless steel bowl, mix well.  Add approx. 1/2 cup to warm bath, relax and enjoy.
LAVENDER AND OATMEAL BATH
Place 2 Tbs lavender buds and 2 Tbs of fresh ground oatmeal into a muslin bag, or a piece of cloth or tulle.  Secure tightly with a rubber band or a piece of string.  Tie the bundle with a longer piece of string or ribbon.  Then tie it to the spigot of your bath tub.
The lavender and oatmeal will help to relieve stress and nerves.
You can also rub the packet on your body to soothe dry and itchy skin.

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