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13 Great Recipes for Organic and Infusion Baths

Write By: Valentin Rosca on

 

The art of the bath is a true luxury. The pace of our modern life demands that we be quick about most everything, but it sure is worthwhile to carve out the time for a bath. Schedule at least an hour and dedicate this time to incorporating at least a couple of beauty treatments into your bath time. Set a lovely scene for yourself as your tub fills. Turn off the phone, light some candles, and let the luxury begin! If your home doesn’t have a bathtub, don’t despair! Invest in a washtub and give yourself a foot bath. Surprisingly, soaking your feet is one of the best ways to absorb essential oils and beneficial vitamins and minerals into your bloodstream. Not to mention how good it feels to soak your tired feet in a soothing bath after a long day’s work. Choose a bath treatment to suit your mood or specific needs. If you’re feeling under the weather, choose the Angel Soak for Cold and Flu and rub some herbal-infused oil on your chest and use it as a hand treatment. If you are in a fun, playful mood, toss a couple of Bath Fizzes into your tub and give yourself a colourful facial using the Aztec Honey and Wine Mask. If your skin is feeling dry and itchy, opt for a luxurious moisturizing Bath Melt and melt those cares away. With so many fabulous options at your fingertips, a fantastic bath time spa experience is definitely in your future!

 

Coconut, Lime, and Rose Petals Bath

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This luxurious bath is made from coconut milk, lime slices, and heaps of fresh rose petals for a tropically inspired bath time escape to another world. With soothing, replenishing, anti-inflammatory properties, this bath increases circulation and encourages detoxification while moisturizing the skin. Bathing in lime, roses, and coconut is particularly beneficial for dry skin conditions, including sunburn and eczema. These aromatic and strikingly beautiful fresh ingredients delight your senses while pampering, nourishing, and conditioning for petal-soft skin.

What you will need: knife, cutting board

How To Make: Remove the petals from the roses directly after cutting from the plant to preserve the highest nutrient value and reserve. Slice the lime into rounds. Draw a bath. When the tub is almost full, add all ingredients to the water and swish around.

How To Store: Plan to make this bath recipe fresh for each use.

How To Use: In order to have fun and get full benefit, keep it soaked for minimum half an hour to activate active  botanical ingredients. When you are finished soaking, rinse off in the shower to remove the sweat and toxins you released as you bathed. After a bath is also the perfect time to use a body scrub, as your skin is softened and easily exfoliated. The Citrus Blast Body Scrub is ideal. Follow with moisturizer if desired.Choose robustly blooming roses to pluck the petals from for this recipe. Pick them from your garden midmorning, after the dew has dried but before they wilt with the heat of the day.

 

Mermaid Bath

Mystical mermaids have beautifully glowing skin because they are constantly replenishing themselves by bathing in the sea. This Mermaid Bath uses seaweed full of rich vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and amino acids to extract toxins from your body and relax your muscles. The lavender and spearmint bring a fresh herbal scent to this mellow, detoxifying, and replenishing bath that is beneficial for all skin types.

What you will need: mixing bowl, spoon, pint jar with lid, cloth bag or cheesecloth, and string to make a sachet

How To Make: Place the salts in the bowl. Stir in the pink grapefruit essential oil in intervals. Add a little, stir, add a little more, stir, until you have added all 40 drops and mixed them into the salt. Add the lavender, spearmint, and seaweeds. Stir until you have a uniform blend.

How To Store: Store in a sealed jar labelled with contents and expiration date of 6 months.

How To Use: Draw a bath. Make a sachet loosely filled with the salt mixture and toss into the tub. When the tub is full, get in and soak for at least 20 minutes, or longer to enjoy maximum therapeutic benefits of the active botanical ingredients. Use the sachet as a wash bag or compress. Gently squeeze the liquid from the sachet over your skin and relax while your mind, body, and spirit are replenished. When you are finished soaking, rinse off in the shower to remove the sweat and toxins you released as you bathed. After a bath is also the perfect time to use the Herb Garden Body Scrub, as your skin is softened and easily exfoliated. If you do not use a body scrub, use your favourite moisturizer to seal in the nutrients and complete the home spa experience.

 

Sunshine C Bath

This skin-softening combination of oranges and hibiscus is beneficial for all skin types, including oily, acne-prone, maturing, and sun-damaged. The high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C in this formula stimulate cellular renewal, promote collagen formation, and fight against premature aging. As the hibiscus infuses into the bath water, your tub will become the most beautiful vitamin C–infused sunset of pinkish purple and orange water. Enjoy!

What you will need: knife, cutting board, cloth bag, tea ball or cheesecloth and string.

How To Make: Draw a bath. Put the sea salt into the tub. Place the hibiscus into the cloth bag and toss into the tub. Slice the orange into rounds. Add the carrier oil if you desire the added moisture. When the tub is full, add the oranges and rose petals, if desired, to the water and swish around.

How To Store: Plan to make this fresh for each use.

How To Use: Get in the tub and soak for at least 20 minutes, or longer to enjoy maximum therapeutic benefits of the active botanical ingredients. When you are finished soaking, rinse off in the shower to remove the sweat and toxins you released as you bathed. After a bath is also the perfect time to use a body scrub, as your skin is softened and easily exfoliated. The Valencia Coffee Scrub is ideal. Follow with moisturizer if desired.

 

Bath Melts

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Bath Melts are a super-moisturizing bath treat guaranteed to make your skin feel baby soft. Get creative with these body-buttery bath treats by adding dried flowers. Substitute an infused oil for the sweet almond oil to add extra scent and therapeutic value. Make these Bath Melts extra cute by using a decorative mould in the shape of hearts or flowers. A flexible plastic or silicone mould is preferable for this recipe. Package them in decorative glass jars and tie with ribbons for a sweet, homemade gift.

What you will need: double boiler, measuring cups, rubber spatula, ice cube tray, small silicone moulds, or loaf pan lined with wax paper, 10–16-ounce glass jar with lid to fit the shape of your melts.

How To Make: Start the double boiler on medium heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Place the cocoa butter and shea butter in the top of the double boiler and cover. Simmer until melted, stirring occasionally. To preserve the beneficial botanicals, do not overheat. Remove from heat, take the top pan off the double boiler, wipe the water off, and let cool 5–10 minutes. Add the sweet almond oil. Pierce the vitamin E capsules and squeeze the liquid out into the melted oil, discarding the gel caps. Add the essential oils and stir well, scraping any of the hardened cooled mixture off the sides and back into the melted oils. If the mixture hardens too much before you can pour it, gently melt it again in the double boiler. If adding decorative flowers, put a few petals in the bottom of the moulds. This will be the top of the melt and the petals will look pretty through the solid butter. Pour the melted butter into your moulds, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand undisturbed for 4 hours or overnight. Expedite the solidification process by placing the moulds in the refrigerator. The surface will become uneven if they’re bumped or moved as they cool, so keep it to a minimum and move them directly after pouring.

How To Store: Carefully remove the Bath Melts from your moulds. If they stick, carefully warm the bottom of the mould in hot water. Dry it off before removing because you don’t want water on these yet. If you used the loaf pan, remove by pulling up the wax paper. Remove the wax paper, placing the brick of butter on a cutting board. Warm a large knife under hot water and wipe it dry. Cut into 1” cubes. Store the Bath Melts in a sealed container labelled with contents and expiration date of 1–11⁄2 years.

How To Use: To use, simply drop one Bath Melt into a hot bath for a luxurious moisturizing treat.

 

 Moisturizing Bath Salts

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It is important to use solar-dried sea salts for your recipes rather than table salt. Naturally dried salts retain the rich vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and amino acids of the sea. Sea salts have a very high concentration of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and other for a skin that’s healthy and glows. These are very important for healthy skin and naturally alleviate redness, irritation, and swelling, especially in blemished skin. Soaking in mineral-rich sea salts extracts toxins from your body and relaxes your muscles. So enjoy a long moisturizing soak in these replenishing bath salts!

What you will need: mixing bowl, spoon, pint jar with lid

How To Make: Place the salt in the bowl. Stir in the sweet almond oil in intervals. Add a little, stir, add a little more, stir, until all of the oil is mixed into the salt. Do the same with the essential oils. Add a little, stir, add a little more, stir, until all of the essential oils are mixed into the salt.

How To Store: Store in a sealed jar labelled with contents and expiration date of 6 months.

How To Use: Draw a bath. When the tub is full, add the bath salts to the water and swish around. Get in the tub and soak for at least 20 minutes, or longer to enjoy maximum therapeutic benefits of the active botanical ingredients. When you are finished soaking, rinse off in the shower to remove the sweat and toxins you released as you bathed. After a bath is also the perfect time to use a body scrub, as your skin is softened and easily exfoliated. Follow with moisturizer if desired.

 

Bath Fizzes

Bath Fizzes are a fun and effervescent bath treat. Have fun customizing these skin-softening fizzy bath treats by adding dried flowers or substituting extra-virgin coconut oil for the cocoa butter. Make them extra cute by using decorative moulds in the shape of hearts or flowers. This recipe will work with metal, plastic, or silicone moulds. Package them in decorative glass jars and tie with ribbons for an extra-special homemade gift.

What you will need: rubber gloves, face mask, measuring cups; mixing bowl, sifter or sieve, wooden spoon, spray bottle; small silicone moulds or ice cube tray

How To Make: Start the double boiler on medium heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Place the cocoa butter in the top of the double boiler and cover. Simmer until melted, stirring occasionally. Don’t overheat in order to preserve botanical benifits. Take the top pan off off the double boiler, and wipe the water off of the bottom. Put on the protective rubber gloves and face mask. Carefully place the baking soda, citric acid, corn-starch, and salt into the sifter. Sift the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl. Carefully stir the powders a little. Add the melted cocoa butter a little at a time, stirring in between. Next, add the essential oils a little at a time, stirring in between. For this recipe, you will need to double the essential oil blend recipes in Appendix A. Break up any clumps with the back of the spoon. If adding decorative flowers, prepare the moulds ahead of time by putting a few petals in the bottom of the moulds. This will be the top of the fizzy and the petals will make a pretty decoration.Put the witch hazel into the sprayer bottle. Mix this stage with my hands (in gloves) like you would a pie crust, but you can also use a wooden spoon. Spray a little at a time—5–6 spritzes—and mix well in between. Repeat this process until the mixture has become moist enough to hold a shape when pressed together, but not wet enough to start fizzing. You want to be careful not to get the mixture too wet, as this activates the fizz. If you hear it start to fizzle, stop spraying and mix together. Press tightly into the moulds and set out to dry. Let stand for 4 hours or overnight, until completely dry and hardened.

How To Store: Carefully remove the Bath Fizzes from your moulds. Store the Bath Fizzes in a sealed container labelled with contents and expiration date of 1–11⁄2 years.

How To Use: To use, simply drop 1–2 Bath Fizzes into a hot bath for a fun, effervescent, moisturizing treat.

 

Angel Soak for Cold and Flu

This all-natural, therapeutic bath soak helps to relieve symptoms such as congestion, body aches, chills, sore throat, headaches, tension, stiffness, and many other signs of common colds and flus. The spices and the heat of the bath will make you sweat, in a good way! The sweating draws out toxins, pollutants, and impurities from your body. The detoxification process will continue after the bath, so be sure to drink lots of healthy fluids and pure clean water. This bath will also help relieve dry, itchy skin. This batch is large enough so you can have it on hand for the cold and flu season!

What you will need: measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowl, wooden spoon, 2 pint jars or 1 quart jar with lid.

How To Make: Place the Epsom salts, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon in the mixing bowl and stir together with the spoon. Thoroughly disperse the ground spices throughout the salt. Add the sweet almond oil a little at a time, stirring in between. Next, add the essential oils, a little at a time, stirring in between. Break up any oily clumps with the back of the spoon, stirring until a uniform blend has been achieved.

How To Store: Put the mixture into your jars, label with an expiration date of 1 year, and cap tightly.

How To Use: Fill your tub with comfortably hot water or warm-to-lukewarm water, if you have a fever. Add 1⁄2 cup of Angel Soak for Cold and Flu to your bath. Soak for at least 20 minutes, or longer. When you are finished soaking, rinse off in the shower to remove the sweat and toxins you released as you bathed. Wrap yourself in a nice warm robe or blanket so that you can continue to sweat it out. Drink a big glass of water and/or a cup of tea and put on some warm socks. Relax, knowing you are on the road to recovery.

 

Ideal Luxury Bath

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Covet your bath time as an opportunity to celebrate yourself as a fanciful creature of mood, whim, and decadence! This luxurious bath salt blend is rich in sea minerals, Epsom salts, skin-softening sweet almond oil, and skin-conditioning oats. Find your favourite bath combinations by using an infused oil to add scent and therapeutic properties, select your favourite essential oil blend (see Appendix A), and use the list of optional additions to make each bath time special and unique according to your ever-changing moods.

What you will need: mixing bowl, spoon, quart jar with lid.

How To Make: Place the sea salt in the bowl and stir in the sweet almond oil. Next, blend in the baking soda, oat flour, and Epsom salts. Add the essential oils in intervals, stirring in between, until all of the essential oils are mixed into the salts.

How To Store: Store in a sealed jar labelled with contents and expiration date of 6 months.

How To Use: Draw a bath. When the tub is full, add 1⁄4 cup or the desired amount of bath salts to the water and swish around. Add any optional embellishments from the sidebar on the following page. Get in the tub and soak for at least 20 minutes, or longer to enjoy maximum therapeutic benefits of the active botanical ingredients. When you are finished soaking, rinse off in the shower to remove the sweat and toxins you released as you bathed. After a bath is also the perfect time to use a body scrub, as your skin is softened and easily exfoliated. Follow with moisturizer if desired.

 

Chamomile and Oat Super Soothe-Me Bath

Oatmeal baths are relaxing and soothing, especially for skin that’s dry, itchy, or inflamed. This bath helps alleviate the symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, allergies, insect bites, chicken pox, sunburn, and more. Chamomile will accentuate the calming effect, leaving you comforted and relaxed in mind, body, and spirit.

What you will need: measuring cups, large mixing bowl, spoon, quart jar with lid, small muslin drawstring bag.

How To Make: Mix the sweet almond oil and baking soda together in a large bowl. It will be a dry mixture. Add the oats and stir. Add the chamomile and lavender and blend to a uniform consistency.

How To Store: Label and store in a tight-sealing jar for up to 6 months.

How To Use: Loosely fill the cloth bag with the Chamomile and Oat Super Soothe-Me Bath, making a sachet. Tie a bow tight enough that it won’t come apart in use. Remember, you will need to untie it later to clean it out and use it again.Fill the tub with warm water and drop in the sachet. Do not use the sachet to rub irritated skin, but gently squeeze the liquid from the sachet over your body and relax. Dry off with care, using gentle blotting actions with a soft towel over the itchy or sore parts of your skin. Repeat as needed. Oatmeal baths are gentle and can be enjoyed every day.

 

INFUSIONS

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Herbal infusions have been used for centuries in natural healing. Soaking seeds, flowers, leaves, roots, or bark in liquid is a time-honoured and very easy method of transferring the beneficial properties and gorgeous scent (or flavour) of the plant material into a usable medium. You can infuse plant material into alcohol, water, or oil, depending on the type of plant you wish to infuse and the desired application of the finished product. While some infusions in this Article —like the Old-Fashioned Rosewater and the Layered Lavender Flower Water—will be made with water, the majority will be made with oil. We recommend using jojoba oil for the oil infusions, as it works well in all skincare recipes, can withstand sustained heat if required, and has a comparatively long shelf life of two years or more. If you’d like, you can substitute another carrier oil (base oil) for the jojoba, but this will lessen the infusion’s shelf life to that of the carrier oil you choose. All of the infusions in this Article  can be safely used on the skin in a variety of preparations without being diluted like essential oils and are incorporated as ingredients into various recipes throughout the Article . The infused oil will have both the properties of its carrier oil and the properties of the plants that were used in the infusion. Use these gorgeous infusions daily in your skincare regimen for face and body and have fun creatively incorporating them into the fabulous spa products you make from this Article . Your artisan infusions will also make beautiful handmade gifts for family and friends.

 

Green Tea–Infused Oil

Green tea has tremendous benefits as a skincare ingredient. It has been shown to reactivate dying skin cells, thereby improving the condition of the skin. This nourishing antioxidant-rich all-purpose oil is used as a base ingredient in several recipes, but you can also use it on its own as an anti-aging oil for your face and body.

What you will need: double boiler, measuring cups, rubber spatula, strainer (cheesecloth or tea strainer), 8-ounce bottle or jar, funnel

How To Make: Start a double boiler on medium heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Place the green tea into the pan. If using jojoba oil, pour it over the tea leaves, saturating them. If using coconut oil, melt it first in the double boiler and then add the green tea, stirring to saturate the leaves. Cover and simmer on low heat for 1 hour. Check back every 20 minutes or so to make sure there is enough water in the double boiler. Remove from heat, take the top pot off the double boiler, and let cool.

How To Store: Strain tea from oil into a storage jar. The jojoba will remain liquid. Place the coconut oil in the refrigerator to cool and solidify back to a solid butter form. Will keep 2 years or longer if stored in a cool dark place.

How To Use: For use as a facial moisturizing oil: Mist your face with Old-Fashioned Rosewater or your favourite toner. Place a few drops onto the tips of your fingers and gently massage the oil into your facial skin.

Jojoba oil and coconut oil are specified for this recipe because both of these oils have a relatively long shelf life and are particularly beneficial for facial care use. However, they are not interchangeable when specified in the recipes throughout this Article  due to the drastic difference in consistency. Jojoba oil is liquid and coconut oil is solid at 76°F (24.4°C). For example, the green tea–infused jojoba is used in the Vital Facial Moisturizer and coconut oil is called for in the Green Tea Eye Cream. Keeping this in mind, you can also substitute your favourite carrier oil to suit your needs.

 

Chai Spice–Infused Oil

This exotic scented oil makes a fantastic bath, body, or massage oil and is used as a base ingredient for the Sugar Chai Honey Scrub. The warming, antioxidant-rich chai spices include cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, star anise, ginger, fennel, and black pepper, along with black tea. In Ayurvedic traditions, chai spices are known to be calming, vitalizing, and mentally clarifying. Get ready for your house to smell really, really good.

What you will need: double boiler, measuring cups, rubber spatula, strainer (cheesecloth or tea strainer), dark-coloured 8-ounce bottle, funnel.

How To Make: Start a double boiler on medium heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Place the chai spices into the pan. Pour the jojoba oil over the spices, saturating them. Cover and simmer on low heat for 1 hour. Check back every 20 minutes or so to make sure there is enough water in the double boiler. Remove from heat, take the top pot off the double boiler, and let cool. Strain the tea from the oil into a bottle. Pierce the vitamin E capsules and squeeze the liquid out into the bottle, discarding the gel caps. Place cap on tightly and shake well to blend.

How To Store: Will keep up to 2 years if stored out of direct sunlight.

How To Use: Use as an exotic bath, body, or massage oil.

Rosemary-Infused Oil

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Ancient Greek students wore a wreath of rosemary around their heads while studying. Rosemary has long been known to stimulate the conscious mind, keeping one alert and calm. Herbal healers have also used rosemary since ancient times to help relieve a plethora of ailments, including arthritis, headaches, muscle spasms, and cold and flu symptoms. It also soothes itchy skin, conditions the hair and scalp, and is beneficial in the treatment of cellulite.

What you will need: double boiler, measuring cups, rubber spatula, strainer (cheesecloth or tea strainer), 8-ounce bottle or jar (preferably dark coloured), funnel.

How To Make: Start a double boiler on medium heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Place the rosemary into the pan. Pour in the jojoba oil, saturating the rosemary. Cover and simmer on low heat for 1 hour. Check back every 20 minutes or so to make sure there is enough water in the double boiler. Remove from heat, take the top pot off the double boiler, wipe dry with a towel, and let cool. Strain the herb from the oil into an 8-ounce Mason jar or bottle. Pierce the vitamin E capsules and squeeze the liquid out into the bottle, discarding the gel caps. Place cap on tightly and shake well to blend.

To Store: Store in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Will keep up to 2 years, or longer if kept in the fridge.

How To Use: This infusion can be used as-is for massage or bathing, or as a body oil to assist in any of the situations mentioned in the recipe message, and is an active ingredient in recipes throughout this Article

Throughout this article, you’ll find recipes that call for fresh herbs, dried herbs, or either of the two. For all of these recipes, if you plan to use fresh, buy or pick it a day or two ahead of time and set it out to wilt overnight to reduce some of the water content. Pick from the garden after the morning dew has dried, or buy organic no sprayed herbs from the farmers’ market. It’s best not to wash the leaves to help prevent mildew. If you need to wash them, make sure they dry thoroughly before preparing the recipes. To dry, lay them out on dish towels or string a line in your pantry and hang them with clothespins overnight. Do not leave them in the sun. Additionally, if you remove the leaves from the stems when they are freshly picked, the herb will retain more of the vital nutrients, increasing the beneficial properties of the infusion.

Vanilla-Infused Oil

Is there any scent more universally loved than vanilla? Vanilla-Infused Oil can be used as the base oil for several recipes throughout the Article —including the Vanilla, Bourbon, and Honey Scrub—and you can also use this infusion as-is for a lovely bath, body, or massage oil.

What you will need: double boiler, measuring cups, paring knife, rubber spatula, strainer (cheesecloth or tea strainer), 8-ounce bottle, funnel

How To Make: Start a double boiler on medium heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer. Put the jojoba oil in the top of the double boiler. With a sharp knife, slice the vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with the edge of the knife. Put the seeds into the pan of oil. Chop the vanilla pods into small pieces and put into the oil. Cover and let simmer for at least an hour. You can simmer this concoction for as long as you like. The longer, the better, actually, but remember to check back every 20 minutes or so to make sure there is enough water in the double boiler. Remove from heat, take the top pot off the double boiler, and let cool. Pour oil, without straining, into an 8-ounce bottle. Pierce the vitamin E capsules and squeeze the liquid out into the bottle, discarding the gel caps. Place cap on tightly and shake well to blend.

How To Store: Will keep 2 years or longer if stored in the bottle in a cool dark place out of direct sunlight.

To Use: Use as a moisturizer, massage oil, or add a couple of teaspoons to your bathwater for a vanilla-infused moisture bath.Leave the vanilla bits in the bottle so they can continue to impart their magic to the oil. If you prefer, strain the mixture before pouring into your container. The small vanilla seeds will remain in the oil, but they’re beneficial in the body scrub recipes.

 


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