Taking a bath is perhaps one of the best ways for a mamma to relax – but my guess is that it probably doesn’t happen as often as she would like because once the door closes, the kids go wild.
In my case, fingers appear under the door, followed by door banging, shouts for “Mom! Are ou in there?! Open the door!” — all because the kids can’t get along without mom standing in their presence.
Thus, the two minute shower was invented and I’m almost lucky to get one of those each day.
This relaxing flower and milk bath tea is a wonderful way to naturally wind and release stress ~ it’s also very easy to put together, with simple ingredients like lavender, calendula, and rose petals. Gift this bath soak in a jar with a pretty label, or pour into a sachet and hang from the faucet as the bath fills up.
Or, go a step further and pick up large bath tea bags that can be tossed in the bath as it fills, allowing the soak to infuse the water without the need to pick out petals from the bath later on.
I’d love to say that I’m a planner when it comes to the holidays and personalized, handmade gifts for friends and family. While I usually gift a custom bar of cold process soap or, any of these healthy gift ideas, this bath soak is something different.
It would be perfect for a teacher (think Teacher Appreciation), co-workers or even close friends. Not to mention it comes together very easily.
Relaxing Herbal Bath Soak
- 1 C. powdered goat or coconut milk
- 1/2 C. baking soda
- 1/2 C. epsom salt or pink himalayan salt
- 1/2 C. dried calendula flowers
- 1/2 C. dried lavender
- 1/4 C. dried rose petals
- optional: 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil
- small glass jars or muslin drawstring bags (size 4×6), or large tea bags for gifting
You can find dried flowers at your local co-op, farmers market and online at places like Mountain Rose Herbs or Bulk Apothecary.
Gather the powdered milk, baking soda, and epsom salt in a large bowl. Sprinkle with essential oil and give it a good mix to combine.
Add in the flowers and stir well to distribute evenly. Transfer to your jar (a quart jar with lid if you are not using right away). If you are gifting, evenly distribute the mixture among the muslin bags or tea bags.
To use, pour the contents of the 4×6 muslin bag into the bath or hang from the faucet as the bath fills. If you are using a tea bag, toss the bag in when the tub is filling – feel free to use 1/2 – 3/4 C. per bath.
Ensure you have the strainer in the drain of the tub to catch any loose flowers that escape, and be careful not to ingest!
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