Essential Oils and Baths….
So while preparing for a relaxing bath the other night. I texted a friend asking for relaxing oil combinations. She responded with the following recipe:
5 drops of serenity
2 drops of lavender
3 drops of white fir
I also had lavender/chamomile bath salts I added. My friend then followed up the text with:
MIX WITH 1/2 C EPSOM SALTS OR MILK
Umm, wait, what? This is not something I had previously done, but is very important. Usually my husband and I put the oils directly into the tub and you can visually see them floating on the surface of the water. By adding them to either the epsom salt or the milk the oils are broken down and can better be mixed with the water to be absorbed by your skin.
So since I wasn’t previously aware of this I just grab the milk out of the refrigerator and added the oils. (I had already add my bath salts prior to receiving this text message.) It worked amazingly well and I feel as though I slept better last night.
So this morning I was looking online and there are indeed better ways to prepare oils for baths. Here is a recipe that is new to me that I can’t wait to try out:
It’s a 2:1:1 ratio of powdered milk** (moisturizes), baking soda (softens skin) and cornstarch (soothes irritation).
So if you use 1 C of powered milk then utilize a 1/2 C of each baking soda and cornstarch. It it recommended to store this mixture in a glass or metal container because again plastic is not recommended when using some oils. To this mixture add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil(s). Allow this mix to sit at least 24 hours prior to using. This specific mix would be good for quantity two baths.
**Note: The higher the fat content of the powdered milk the better and more moisture your skin will absorb. The articles that I found recommended powdered goats milk or coconut milk. I haven’t done too much shopping around for these items, but with the internet I think it’s safe to assume one can purchase anything they’d like. If not there are sheep across the road perhaps I could sneak over in the night and milk them?!?
As always please feel free to share recipes, ideas or recommendations. I love hearing them.