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Bath and Shower

Herbal Soaps Balls

  • 1/4 cups Boiling water
  • 1 tbls Pulverized herbs (Chamomile,Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, sage, thyme, or a combination)
  • 5 Drops related essential oil
  • 2 cups Shredded Castille or Home-Made Soap
  • Plastic wrap

    Pour boiling water over herbs. Add 5 to 6 drops oil. Steep 15 minutes. Reheat til bubbly and pour over soap. Mix well with hands and let stand 15 minutes. Mix again and divide into 3 or 6 parts, rolling each into a ball. Place on plastic wrap and dry for 3 days.

    Herbal Baths

  • 1 cup Oatmeal
  • 1 tbls Herbs
  • 1 Drop essential oil

    Mix oatmeal, herbs and oil and fill bath bags with mixture. Oatmeal is used because it is a natural skin softener and cleanser.

    STIMULATING BATHS: basil, bay, calendula, citronella, fennel horseradish roots, lavender, lemon verbena, lovage root, marjoram, mint, nettle, pine needles, queen of the meadow, sage, rosemary, savory,thyme, vetiver root. SOOTHING BATHS: catnip, chamomile, comfrey, elder, primrose, hyssop, jasmine, juniper berries, lemon balm, linden flowers, marshmallow root, melilot, mullein, passionflower flowers, roses, slippery elm inner bark, tansy, violet, valerian root, vervain (whole plant).

    Energizing Bath Salts

  • 1 lb. baking soda
  • 8 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops rosewood essential oil
  • 4 drops tangerine essential oil

  • Place the baking soda and dried petals in the bowl, add the essential oils, and mix thoroughly with the wooden spoon to combine.
  • Pour the salts into the jar and keep in a cool, dark place, handy to the bath.
  • When needed, add two handfuls to the bath.

    Relaxing Bath Salts

  • 1 lb. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. dried lavender or rose petals
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops geranium essential oil

  • Place the baking soda and dried petals in the bowl, add the essential oils, and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon to combine.
  • Pour the salts into a jar and keep in a cool, dark place, handy to the bath.
  • When needed, add two handfuls to the bath.

    Almond-Rose Soap

  • 2 tbsp. dried red rose petals
  • 8 oz. pure soap flakes
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup rosewater
  • 2 tbsp. ground almonds
  • 9 drops geranium essential oil

  • Pound the petals with a mortar and pestle.
  • In a bowl, mix the soap, petals, and water and stir until smooth (if the soap starts to solidify, place the bowl over near-boiling water).
  • Stir in the rosewater and ground almonds; leave to cool.
  • Mix in the essential oil.
  • Shape into 6 balls and flatten them slightly; allow the soap to harden between sheets of wax paper.
  • Keep unused soap in a cool, dark place until needed.

    Rosemary Shower Gel

  • 4-6 tsp. dried lavender flower heads
  • 4-6 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 4-6 tsp. dried chamomile
  • 1 qt. boiling water
  • 1 1/4 cups pure soap flakes
  • 10-20 drops lavender essential oil

  • Put the lavender flowers, rosemary, and chamomile into a bowl and add half the boiling water to make an infusion.
  • Cover and steep for 15-20 minutes.
  • Strain this water into another bowl, squeezing all liquid from the herbs.
  • Place the soap flakes in the saucepan, and pour the remaining water over them.
  • Stir continuously over low heat to dissolve the soap (use a potato masher if necessary); keep below the simmering point.
  • Add the infusion and stir until well blended.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • When the mixture has started to cool, stir in the lavender essential oil, a drop at a time, until sufficiently scented.
  • Pour into bottles and allow to set until a soft gel has formed.
  • Keep in a cool, dark place until needed.

    Bubble Bath For Kids

  • 2 tbsp. dried rose petals
  • 2 tbsp. dried lavender flower heads
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/4 cups natural baby shampoo
  • 12 drops lavender essential oil

  • Place the rose petals and lavender in a bowl and add the boiling water.
  • Cover and allow to steep for 15-20 minutes.
  • Strain the water into another bowl, squeezing all liquid out of the petals and flower heads.
  • Add the shampoo and essential oil.
  • Pour into bottles and shake for several minutes.
  • Keep a bottle handy by the bathtub.
  • Store extra bottles in a cook, dark place.
  • When ready to use, shake and add 3 tbsp. to running bath water.

    Rose-scented Bubble Bath

  • 1-2 tbsp. dried rose petals
  • 1 qt. boiling water
  • 1 cup pure soap flakes
  • 1 1/2 oz. glycerin
  • 2 tsp. almond oil
  • 1 tsp. wheat-germ oil
  • 1 tsp. geranium essential oil
  • 2 tbsp. witch hazel lotion

  • Place the petals in a bowl and pour the boiling water over them.
  • Cover and leave for 15-20 minutes.
  • Then strain into a saucepan.
  • Heat the water over medium heat; add the soap and stir until it dissolves.
  • Place the glycerin, almond and wheat-germ oils, the geranium essential oil, and witch hazel lotion in a bowl.
  • Mix well, then add the soap mixture and stir well.
  • Pour into small bottles.
  • Keep one in the bathroom and the others in a cool, dark place until needed.
  • Shake well and add a teaspoonful to running bath water.

    Fragrant Bath Powder (Talc Substitute)

  • 1/3 cup rice flower
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 5-10 drops essential oil

  • Blend all the ingredients in the processor or blender for 1 minute (or shake the ingredients in a clean, covered jar for several minutes).
  • Allow the powder to settle.
  • Spoon into a clean, dry container and set the mixture aside for 2 weeks before use.

    Body Lotion

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh or 1 to 2 tsp. dried rose petals
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup distilled or boiled water
  • 1 tsp. quince seeds, available through mail order
  • 1/3 cup almond oil
  • 2 tsp. avocado oil
  • 2 tsp. wheat-germ oil
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil

  • In a bowl, place the rose petals and add the boiling water to make an infusion.
  • Cover and leave for 15-20 minutes.
  • Strain the infusion into a cup.
  • In a saucepan, over moderate heat, bring the distilled water and quince seeds slowly to a boil.
  • Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking.
  • The mixture will thicken into a gel.
  • Using the back of the spoon, push the gel through the sieve into a bowl.
  • The seeds can be dried and used again.
  • In a saucepan, combine the infusion and the almond, avocado, and wheat-germ oils.
  • Warm over low heat; then stir in the honey until combined.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Add 2 1/2 ounces of the quince gel. Then add the geranium essential oil, 1 drop at a time.
  • Finish by stirring the mixture until smooth.
  • Pour the body lotion into a jar.
  • Store in a cool, dark place.

    Moisturizing Body Lotion

  • 3 tbsp. glycerin
  • 3 tbsp. rosewater
  • 1 tbsp. almond oil
  • 1 tsp. wheat-germ oil
  • 1 tsp. jojoba oil

  • Put all ingredients in a sterilized jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Shake vigorously until mixed.
  • Store in a cool, dark place.

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