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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Herbal Bath Salts

Could not sleep so here are a few recipes I stumbled across tonight...


Epsom Salts
Sea Salt
Zip-type bags to mix the salts and oils in
Essential oil (not flavoring oils -- but "real"
Essential oil)
Potpourri herbs of choice
Food coloring (optional)
Glycerin (optional)
Pretty bottles (optional)
1 Rib bon to decorate bottles (optional)

Using approx. 2-to-1 proportions Epsom Salt and sea salt, mix in a big
Pan. This is your bath salt "base". Measure about 1 cup of the salt
Mixture int o each zippy bag. Place about 4 drops of essential oil
Into the salt mixture in each bag. Zip the bag closed and mix the salt
And oil.
Tear potpourri herbs into tiny pieces and add to the bags (We used
Lemon verbena, rose petals, lavender. I don' t know why we tore them
Except that they did look nicer all mixed with the salts. And,
Obviously, we didn' t tear the lavender; because it's already tiny! I
Suppose that larger pieces could clog up your bath drain, too.) Zip
The bag closed and mix until you are happy with the proportions.
Here is where I stopped adding things ... But others added a drop or
Two of glycerin to the salts to soften your skin. However, we were
Told that anyone who might be using the salts with a Jacuzzi should
Not use glycerin in the mixture because it would be bad for the
Jacuzzi. Others added the food coloring to the salts and they turned
Out pretty, too. I didn't care for the red colored salts, personally,
Because the color didn't come out quite pink or red either. The
Glycerin and the food coloring will also give the salts a "wet look."
We were told to keep the salt mixture in the zippy bag and to mix it
Around once a day for 2 weeks. Then, we could pour it into the
Decorated bottles!

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Foaming Vanilla Honey Bath

By National Honey Board
Ingredients:
* 1 cup sweet almond oil, light olive or sesame oil may be substituted
* 1/2 cup honey
* 1/2 cup liquid soap
* 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Measure the oil into a medium bowl, then carefully stir in remaining ingredients until mixture is fully blended. Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a tight-fitting stopper or lid. Shake gently before using. Enough for four large luxurious baths.

Swirl desired amount into the bathtub under running water - then step in and descend into a warm, silky escape.

Tips:

Banish the winter blahs and dissolve away the harshness of the day by relaxing in a soothing bath. Honey is nature's silky moisturizer and guaranteed to sweeten your mood!

Note: Honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age. Honey is a safe and wholesome food for children and adults.

Recipe & photo provided courtesy of the National Honey Board. http://www.honey.com

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