17 August 2018

Lavender Chamomile Milk Bath Recipe (Excellent for Dry, Irritated Skin)

Relax with this easy lavender chamomile milk bath recipe.  It can be used by any skin type, but it's especially good for dry or itchy skin.

While most of the country is celebrating back to school because that means that their kids will finally stop fighting, I'll be mourning my free time.  My kids learn at home, so I'll be adding about 6 hours a day to my already busy schedule.  

Although our days are crazy, we do have an advantage in that we don't have homework.  When we are done in the afternoon, we are done for the day.  That's right; zero fights about homework or worrying about getting homework done before after school activities.  


Starting Monday, I'll be waking up before the kids so I can sip my coffee while I work in peace.  Then I'll help the kids with school work, drive one kid back and forth to his college classes four days a week, take another kid to autism therapy three days a week, and try to keep up with the usual home stuff.  

I'm exhausted just thinking about it.  That's why I made this lavender and chamomile milk bath recipe this week.  I just know that I'll need something to help me relax next week.  

LAVENDER CHAMOMILE MILK BATH RECIPE


This milk bath recipe is wonderful for all skin types, but it's especially wonderful for acne prone skin or irritated skin.  Most of the ingredients are great for dry, itchy skin.  

But even if you aren't trying to help any skin conditions, this is a great recipe that will help soften your skin.


POWDERED MILK


The base of this recipe is, of course, powdered milk.  I always have powdered milk in my pantry just in case we are out of milk and I need some for a recipe.  I also use it for making bath salts and milk bath recipes like this one.  

Milk powder acts as a cleanser for your skin.  It's high in vitamins and minerals to nourish your skin, so you'll have softer skin after your milk bath.  

Milk powder has lactic acid in it.  Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA).  It can help reduce the signs of aging because it exfoliates your skin.  It's also wonderful for acne prone skin if you have have body acne.

BAKING SODA


I like adding baking soda to my bath products because can aid in detoxing your body.  It actually absorbs heavy metals from your body as your soak.  

Baking soda also softens your skin and can help soothe irritation, so it's great for dry or itchy skin.

ARROWROOT POWDER


Most milk bath recipes call for cornstarch, but I don't like using cornstarch.  Cornstarch is usually made from GMO corn, but the plant that arrowroot powder comes from is never genetically modified.  

Arrowroot gives some bulk to this recipe, but it also absorbs excess oils while it soothes the skin.  If you have body acne or dry, itchy skin, it can really help.


CHAMOMILE 


Chamomile is naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.  It's also full of antioxidants to help prevent the signs of aging.

Chamomile is my first choice for sensitive or irritated skin (as long as you don't have open cuts or wounds).  

This recipe uses both the essential oil and the herb.  I grow my own chamomile, so I like to use it a lot of recipes.  You can also buy dried chamomile.

It's perfectly save to leave the chamomile whole, but I like to grind it a little bit so it dissolves better in the water and won't be a risk to my plumbing.  

LAVENDER


Again, I use both the dried herb and the essential oil.  Lavender is not only a relaxing fragrance, it's also great for your skin.  Lavender is a natural anti-inflammatory, and it's also soothing for your skin.

Lavender has been proven to help you relax.  Lavender has been proven to significantly decrease blood pressure and heart rate when used in aromatherapy.  

INGREDIENTS


DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Use a mortar and pestle to grind the chamomile flowers and lavender buds.  They don't need to be a fine powder, but they should be small pieces so they won't clog your drain.


STEP #2


Combine the powdered milk, baking soda, arrowroot powder, and ground herbs in a bowl.  Add essential oils and stir well.  


STEP #3 


Spoon the lavender chamomile milk bath recipe into a jar.  I found this one at Hobby Lobby, but you can also find a similar one on Amazon.  


To use, pour 1 to 2 cups of milk bath into running water as you draw your bath.  Then enjoy the aroma and skin benefits while you relax.  You deserve it!

This will make about 12 ounces of lavender chamomile milk bath.  You can also double or triple the recipe if you are making it to sell or for gifts.

If you don't want to DIY this,  try this soothing lavender milk bath from Good Common Sense on Etsy.  

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.