Bathing, scrubbing and washing – Introduction
In this section there is a list of bath bombs, scrubs and milks for a natural bathing experience. Nothing beats soaking in a hot detoxing bath in the evening or having a revitalising shower first thing in the morning.
Throughout my site I suggest variations on most recipes including the differing uses of plants, alternative herbs to include or to interchange with the more common ones depending on your personal preference such as chamomile, rose petals, dandelion petals, lavender, mint leaves, rosemary twigs.
Herbal baths provide the ideal way to relax the mind and body, to revive and restore the system. Instead of putting fresh herbs into bath bags, essential oils can be added directly to the water. The occasional use of an exfoliating body scrub will leave skin revitalised and a milk and honey bath oil restores vital nourishment. As a final touch, making your own soap and bathing products gives you the opportunity to incorporate the ingredients that suit your individual likes and needs.
Essential oils in the bath:
Add 5 or 6 drops of essential oil straight from the bottle directly into a full bath. Do not add while the water is still running as the oil will evaporate too quickly and be wasted. Alternatively, mix two or three essential oils together in a base oil of jojoba or sweet almond oil then add 20 drops of the mixed oil to the bath. The quantities given are for a 50 ml bottle of base oil.
Anti stress mix:
10 drops of marjoram, lavender and sandalwood.
5 drops of rosemary, 5 drops of camphor, 10 drops of peppermint.
For a calming bath:
Make a natural soya candle using only essential oils for fragrance (see candle section for recipe), add a handful of neroli scented calming milk bath mixture and use with soaps made with pure vegetable oils because they are the kindest to the skin. Lemongrass root is toning and antiseptic in action (see how to make natural soap section).