Linda's Favorite Bath Recipes (Salts, Bombs, Gels, and Herbal Bags)

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Linda's Favorite Bath Recipes (Salts, Bombs, Gels, and Herbal Bags)

Healing Bath

3 parts rosemary
2 parts lavender
2 parts rose
1 part peppermint
1 part cinnamon

To be used in conjunction with conventional medicine, this bath speeds the healing process. To help shake off a cold, add two parts eucalyptus.

Ease Joint Pain Bath

Lemon Grass, Coriander and Clove Bath
2 tbsp almond oil
2 drops each of lemon grass oil, coriander oil, and clove oil

Measure almond oil into a small bowl. Slowly add all the fragrance oils. Mix ingredients and pour into running water.

This bath helps stimulate the circulation and relieve suffering joints and muscles

Gentle Arthritis Bath

15 drops Lavender
5 drops Clary Sage
10 drops Geranium
3 drops Ylang Ylang

Place oils in bath under running water. Warm is sometimes better than hot. Rinse thoroughly when finished. Light a candle and make sure you can relax with no interruptions.

Fizzing Bath Bombs

2 tbsp Citric Acid
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
3 tbsp favorite carrier oil: emollient oil like Almond, Avocado, or Apricot Kernel Oils
1/4 tsp Fragrance Oil or essential oil
3 to 6 drops of liquid colorant (if desired)

Place all of the dry ingredients (first 3) into a bowl and mix well. In a small glass bowl melt oil, then add fragrance and colorant. Slowly add oil mixture to dry ingredients and blend well.

Take truffle sized scoops of the mixture and shape into balls. Balls should be about 1" in diameter. Let the balls rest on a sheet of waxed paper for 2 to 3 hours. Gently reshape if needed. Let the bombs (balls) dry and harden for 24 to 48 hours.

Pack each bomb into its own candy cup (glassine cups). Store the bombs in a closed container to keep fresh.

To use, drop one to three bombs into warm bath water to release fragrance and oils.

Fizzing Bath Bombs #2

1/4 cup baking soda
2 tbsp citric acid (called "sour salt" in the kosher food aisle)
1 tbsp borax
2 tbsp Powdered sugar
2 tbsp almond oil or olive oil
1 tsp vitamin E (or skin so soft)
1/4 tsp essential or perfume oil

Combine dry ingredients. Drizzle almond oil previously mixed with vitamin E and fragrance and mix well. Take teaspoon sized globs and form into balls with your fingers. (Mixture is very crumbly, so do the best you can). Place these on wax paper and let harden 2 or 3 hours, then reshape again. Let dry completely, about 10 days. Store in an airtight container.

To use, drop 1 or 2 into the bath and enjoy. I like to press this mixture into little candy molds. I increase about 4 times to make a batch.

Fizzy Bath Crystals

8 oz (by weight) cornstarch
8 oz (by weight) Citric Acid
16 oz (by weight) baking soda
up to 1 tsp. Fragrance Oil

Mix cornstarch and together thoroughly. Add fragrance oil as desired. Blend in baking soda. Package and label.

Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per bath.

Hand and Body Gel

3/4 cup water
1 tsp gelatin
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp witch hazel
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp glycerin

Dissolve gelatin in 1/4 cup of the water. Heat in the microwave 30-40 seconds on high. Stir in rest of the ingredients. Chill till set up.

Reactions: I kind of like it. Next time I will leave out the cider vinegar or substitute regular vinegar. I HATE the smell of cider vinegar. It's a little sticky (from the glycerin?) at first, but that goes away within a minute or two. I will probably add essential oil in the future. My skin has never felt so soft.:) The original recipe called for agar (1/4 to 1/2 tsp), but I didn't have any and thought I would try gelatin.

Bath Beads

1/4 cup powdered milk
2 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp borax powder
1/4 cup rose water or orange water
2 tsp Vitamin E oil
10 drops essential oil

Combine milk, sugar, and borax powder in a bowl, stirring until well mixed. Add water, vitamin E oil, and essential oil. Stir until you have a thick dough. Roll dough into a ball 1 tsp. at a time with your hands. Place balls on a sheet of tin foil or waxed paper and let dry for 24 hrs.

Allergy/Cold/Flu Bath

5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops peppermint
4 drops lavender
*If chest is congested add 7 drops thyme

Use in bath, diffusor or humidifier.

Big Batch of Sea Salt for the Bath

4 lb. box Epsom salts
1 lb. Baking soda
2-3 tbsp cornstarch (prevents caking)
your choice of fragrance oil

Another Big Batch of Sea Salts for the Bath

5 lbs. Sea salt
1 oz. Vegetable glycerin
* oz. Fragrance oil or essential oil

Combine glycerin with scent and pigment. Pour into salt and mix. Scoop out with sea shells.

(*Amount missing. Add to preference?)

Herbal Bath Bag

2 tbsp dried chamomile
2 tbsp dried rose petals
2 tbsp dried orange blossoms
1 coffee filter (large)
8" inch piece of lace fabric or ribbon

Combine the herbs in a bowl, stirring until well mixed. Spoon mixture into coffee filter and secure closed with embroidery thread or ribbon. Place filter in the center of the lace. Gather together the edges and secure by typing and knotting the ribbon around it. Tie the ends of ribbon in another knot at the top so that the ribbon forms a large loop that can be hung from the bathtub water spout.

To use, hang the bag from the waterspout and let it steep in warm bath water.

Scented Bath Bag

1 oz. Rolled oats
1 oz. Dried lavender
1 oz. Dried lemon balm or lemon verbena leaves
1 oz. Dried orange peel
1 oz. Dried lemon peel
2 dried bay leaves
2 dried rosemary sprigs
8 small muslin bags

In large bowl mix the oats, lavender and lemon balm. Using a mortar and pestle, lightly crush the orange and lemon peel and bay leaves and add to mixture in bowl. Break up the sprigs of rosemary and add to mixture.

Divide mixture between the 8 bags and fasten with string.

To use, hang the bags from the hot tap of running water. You can continue to use the bag until fragrance is no longer evident.

Bright Blessings,
Soapy Crone

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