Combating Dry Winter Skin

By Suzie Bush

Baths are not just a relaxing and pleasant activity. Herbal baths are great when it comes to providing health benefits to the body. If you have a very hectic lifestyle, a herbal bath can do wonders to your equilibrium and health. Rosemary is an excellent muscle relaxant and can actually aid in improving your circulation. Thyme, on the other hand, is a great anti bacteria agent and deodorizer.

Lavender, rosemary, and thyme are three herbs that can be used in making a great deodorizing bath. Follow the procedure below:

  • Gather the three herbs and put in a muslin bath bag. Two tablespoons each of lavender, thyme and rosemary will be enough.
  • Boil a quart of water and cover it. Make sure you use a container that will be big enough to accommodate the muslin bag.
  • Place the muslin bag with the herbs inside it into the pot of boiling water. Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Keep the lid on so that the resulting infusion will evaporate more slowly. After 15 minutes, remove the pot and let the water cool until it is lukewarm.

It’s time to make your bath. Run your bath. You can run it to the temperature you’re comfortable with. Now add the pot of infused water including the muslin bag into the bath water. To gain the maximum benefits from the herbs, get the muslin bag and use it as your watch cloth. The aroma and essential oils left in the herbs will now be transferred to your skin. This infusion is a great way of thoroughly cleansing your body and deodorizing it. The aroma will also help relax you.

Milk Bath

  • 2 cups non-fat powdered milk
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2-5 drops of essential oil of your choice
  • Mix well, add 1/2 cup to hot bath and enjoy.

Honey the humectants allows the skin to retain moisture, making it feel soft, smooth and nourished.

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

The milk and honey baths of Cleopatra are well known because they were part of her regular skin and beauty treatments. Milk is a luxuriant skin treatment when it is added to bath water. Milk exfoliates, softens and nourishes the skin. There are several ways to enjoy a milk bath.

Use Dry Or Wet Ingredients In Your Milk Bath

You can use liquid milk or dried milk. The honey may be liquid or dry. You can use any combination or dry or wet ingredients. Milk provides nutrition directly to the skin. Milk acts as a mild exfoliate. Milk softens and hydrates the skin too.

Add Honey, Oatmeal, Sea Salt Or Baking Soda To The Milk Bath

Honey softens, provides nutrition and acts to protect the skin. If you add oatmeal, the oatmeal will soothe dry, itchy skin and protect skin. Sea salts detoxify and soften skin. Another ingredient you can use in your milk baths is baking soda. Baking soda is a good cleanser and skin softener. If you add all of these ingredients together, you will have a wonderful mixture. Even if you use any of these ingredients alone, it will good for the skin.

Try An Oatmeal, Cream And Honey Bath

Oatmeal soothes skin. If you have cooked oatmeal and there is some liquid from it, add this to the bath as well. You can use cooked oatmeal in a bath tea bag that doubles as a washcloth.

Customize This Milk Bath Recipe

You can make a simple milk and honey bath by adding between half a teaspoon to one or two tablespoons of wet honey (or its dry equivalent) and one cup of liquid milk (or its dry equivalent) to your bath water. Add about half a cup of dried milk or one cup of liquid milk as a single ingredient for a simple milk bath.

For a large batch, mix three cups of dried milk to one cup of ground quick cooking oats. You can grind the oatmeal in a blender. Grinding the oatmeal is optional. Use a few tablespoons for each bath. You can also scoop some of this mixture into a large tea bag. The oatmeal will soften and soothe the skin. Store your mixture in an airtight container and use a scoop or pour out from the container when using it. Avoid putting your fingers or moisture into the mixture. Another recipe for a large batch of milk bath mixture combines one-cup cornstarch, two cups dried milk and half of a cup of sea salt. Add two or three tablespoons of your bath mixture to each bath.

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