Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wow what a week!!

Everyone, and I do mean everyone in our house was sick this past week. . . yes even the dog!!!

So I figured what better to post than a relaxing yet refreshing bath soak that will not only refresh your senses, but your skin and spirit as well!!!

What you will need:
1/4 cup dried organic milk (or 1/2 cup fresh whole milk. . . organic if possible)
2 T of grated orange peel
2 T oatmeal (not quick oats although they will work in a pinch)
1 T fresh parsley chopped
1 T fresh mint chopped (can substitute dried, or even use a mint tea bag!!)
old pair of hose (which you will need to cut the foot off of !!), muslin drawstring bag, or scrap of cloth that you can tie with a string.

What you need to do is add all of these together, and then put into the cloth of your choice.  Draw yourself a bath, and throw it in!!!! 

If you are using milk in it's liquid form, then of course you will need to add this to the bath separately (and you can always just omit it all together, if you are sensitive to milk products!!)

The milk is wonderful for your skin, adding lots of vitamins and nutrients that promote healing in small cracks and cuts. 

The orange peel is not only refreshing, but will help to promote good circulation and the natural orange oils are wonderful for treating and preventing acne!!!

Oatmeal is amazing for winter skin!!! It will soothe and repair your itchy skin.

Now some of you may want to omit the parsley, but I like to add it to my bath teas because it is so wonderful for the skin.  It can reduce swelling and redness, reduces blackheads, and aids in the prevention of wrinkles!!

Now for the mint, I prefer to use a peppermint or wintergreen mint, but really any mint will do (if you want a more calming bath use cat mint).  They all have cooling, rejuvenating and relaxing effects on the skin!  The aromatherapy qualities when you are not feeling quite your self are also amazing!!! Mints help to clear the mind, and bring a little zest back into your muscles . . . which for me tend to be sore after a bout with the flu!!!

Now it really does not matter what you use to put all of your bath tea items together in, as long as you can tie it up securely, and it's contents  will be able to seep into your nice warm bath water!!

I have to say this is one of my favorite bath teas!!  It is easy to adapt to what you need, or like and the amounts really do not have to be that precise!!   I have prepared this bath for everyone this week (except the dog!!)  I used a muslin drawstring bag because my youngest son likes to squeeze the bag and make a "fog" in the water for his men and dragons to battle in. . . and then he LOVES to use the bag as a scrubby on his feet before he gets out!!!  I like the muslin bag because I can dump the contents into the worm bin and put them to work composting, and then wash and reuse!!!

Bath teas happen to be one of my favorite home remedies!!! They are easy to make and they are  nourishing to the mind and body!!! They can be easily adapted for infants, and because the contents are all contained, there is little mess to clean up!!!

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry you have all been sick. I hope you feel better soon. This bath tea sounds great! I'm following from the Busy Moms Team on Etsy. If you would like to follow me back, here's my blog: http://www.brendashandmade.blogspot.com.