Oatmeal baths are wonderfully soothing for that dry, itchy skin that sometimes happens during the winter. Heart opening roses in the bath restores the nervous system while cleansing and toning the skin. Or if you use lavender blossoms the result is a cleansing and refreshing yet relaxing bath. The water becomes silky soft and fragrant with these super easy to-make baths.Read More
I can’t decide if it is my Cancer Moon or something else that drives me to this craziness… It’s just that sometimes I feel like I could live in the bathtub. All it takes is a good book and some warm, salty, herbaceous water to make me feel right at home. It is so relaxing and restorative.Read More
Host a super fun, messy, gooey spa day for your little ones and their friends. Perfect for a hot summer day!
This is a great way for kids to explore using natural materials to care for their bodies while providing a fun activity filled with tactile, creative opportunities.Read More
Bathing in water infused with the goodness of herbs, essential oils and other healthful ingredients is a lovely, healing way to care for yourself or another. These five different methods for making an herbal bath are easy to do, allowing you to customize your healing experience. And most of all to have fun! All of these baths can be packaged and made into wonderful gifts (with the exception of the fresh milk baths) for friends and family.Read More
Let's get squeaky clean
with herbs and aromatherapy!
Our fourth week of summer camp is all about using herbs, essential oils and other natural materials to care for our bodies all while having a blast! First is a fully description about how to host a spa day for kids. Then there are some great bath recipes that kids can make. Finally, please find a little section for parents!
An interactive experience from start to finish, the sock bath is lots of fun to make with children. What is the sock bath you ask? I first learned about this great way to use herbs in the tub from my teacher, Brigitte Mars. To make a sock bath simply put your chosen herbs in a sock, tie a knot in the top and toss it in the tub... super easy! Having made sock baths a few times with the kids at preschool, I have come to notice that the kids just love them. They enjoy picking out their very own herbal blend to put in the sock and then they love playing with the knotted sock, snuggling with it and enjoying the scents of the herbs. Once you get the sock bath into the tub it is great fun to watch the water change color as the herbs mix with the bath water. And then squeezing all the herb-rich water out of the sock into the bath makes for a very tactile experience indeed.
~ Making Sock Baths With Kids ~
- A sock for each child. When I do this at school, I ask each child to bring in a long clean sock from home, not a kid size one! You need big socks to stuff!
- Bath Herbs examples are ~ roses, chamomile, lavender, catnip, calendula, and mints.
- Oatmeal, this is optional but it makes the bath so very much fun because when the sock bath is all wet in the tub and the child squeezes it, a skin nourishing slippery, milkiness exudes from the sock, so cool!
- Epsom Salts, totally optional
- Kid Friendly Essential Oils such as ~ lavender, sweet orange, spearmint, rosemary, rose geranium and ylang ylang. These are optional too!
- A Jar or Glass, have one for each child you plan to work with if you are going to do this in a group. Or you can have one jar/glass if you are going to work with each child separately. I used a plastic one to prevent problems with breakage.
- Give each child a jar/glass in which to create their sock bath.
- Working with either one child at a time or a few at a time, have the child(ren) choose the herbs they would like in their sock bath. Help them place about a 1/8 to 1/4 cup of each herb into their jar or glass.
- Add oatmeal and epsom salts if desired using about 1/8 to 1/4 cup each.
- Add the essential oils, about 4 to 8 drops total of whatever combination of oils you are using. If they want they can stir up their bath with a spoon.
- Then help the child(ren) to place to opening of their sock over the opening of their jar/glass and then once the sock is secure, dump the jar/glass over so the contents fall down inside the sock. (You might want to have the child hold the sock onto the jar if it is not a tight seal.) The child(ren) may need to give it all a little shake to get all the bath into the sock.
- Once all the bath is in the sock, remove the sock from the jar/glass and tie off the top!
- You can let the child(ren) play with their sock if you wish.
- Let the children's parents know how to use the bath ~ Just toss it in the tub with the child and let the play begin! Encourage the child to squeeze their sock bath so they can really smell the herbs and enjoy the wonderful herbed water that comes out of the bath.
Happy Creative Bathing!
Heart opening roses in the bath restores the nervous system while cleansing and toning the skin.
Oatmeal in the bath creates a rich mucilage that is extremely soothing to dry skin.
Rose Geranium eases nervous tension and rejuvenates skin.
Pure simple delight!
~ Make your very own Rosy Oatmeal bath ~
In a cloth or muslin bag wrap:
- 1 to 2 large handfuls of dried rose petals or rose buds (organic please!)
- 1 to 2 large handfuls of oatmeal
Toss the bundle in the tub and fill with the hottest water from your faucet. Let your bundle steep in the tub until the water is cool enough for bathing about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the heat of your water.
- 6 to 10 drops of rose geranium essential oil
- a handful of epsom salt, optional
Climb in and enjoy this super soothing, comforting bath! Be sure to squeeze and squish your bundle of roses and oatmeal to liberate the slippery, milky goodness from the oats. Use your bundle as a nice gentle scrub all over your body. I even put some on my face and let it remain there for a while to nourish my skin. Oh so simple and lovely...
After my bath ~
My skin was soft, so soft! I felt truly relaxed, nourished and ready for the rest of my day.
Frustrated, angry muscles and nerves plagued me over the past few days leaving me all sore and aching. When I am sore I always try to fit in a nice hot soak in the tub. Even with just epsom salts and hot water, I usually feel so much better after soaking. This time I made my bath even more soothing with the following blend of salts and herbs ~ oatstraw to ease my nerves and rosemary for muscle soreness. It worked wonders!
Make Your Own ~
In a cloth or muslin bag wrap:
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dried rosemary leaf
- 1/2 cup oatstraw
Toss the bundle in the tub and fill with the hottest water from your faucet. Let the herbs steep in the tub until the water is cool enough for bathing about 15 to 30 minutes depending on the heat of your water. The water will turn a buttery light yellow.
- 1 to 2 cups Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 5 drops ginger essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops vetivert essential oil
My vetivert essential oil has turned into a thick syrup oil so I had to patiently wait for each drop to slowing make it's way out of the bottle but it was so worth it!
After this bath I felt relaxed, centered and less soreness. I took my bath quite hot and only stayed in for about 15 minutes, it was like soaking in an herbal hot springs. Then I got out and laid on the floor with my feet on the sill of an open window. I laid there breathing deep and relaxing. As my body cooled down the tension drained out of my muscles. I felt so calm and peaceful. My muscles and nerves are finally nourished, letting go of tension...