Soothing Oatmeal and Lavender Bath

skin soothing oat and lavender bath

Oats are well-known as a skin soother and are often used to treat dry, itchy skin.

This bath treatment could be made with oats only, but the addition of sunflower seeds and lavender make for an even greater soothing and calming effect.

The lavender gives a very subtle fragrance and is not over powering at all. Making it excellent for sensitive skin.

Sunflower seeds add extra softening power.

Feel free to make with sunflower seeds and oats alone, or switch the lavender for another herb you enjoy (chamomile would be great too).

How to Make a Soothing Oatmeal and Lavender Bath

This recipe is adapted from one found in Organic Body Care recipes by Stephanie Tourles (an excellent book!)

You will need:

ingredinets for oat bath

Method:

Place the oats, sunflower seeds, and lavender buds in a coffee grinder.

Pulse until the mix forms a fine powder.

ground oats - sunflower seeds-lavender

Place in a muslin tea bug or in the center of a square of cloth. If placed in a cloth, tie up the sides so the powder is secure inside and won’t come out the sides.

The amount listed makes enough for one bath treatment.

Make extra, if desired. Just use equal amounts oats and sunflower seeds and 1/2 the amount of lavender.

You may place the mixture in a jar and pour the amount needed into a bag just before use. If giving as a gift, place in a jar and supply enough muslin bags for a few bath treatments, or place 1/2-3/4 cup of mixture in each bag and gift them ready to go.

To use:

Put the bag in the bath as it fills with water. Soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes.

Use the bag as a type of sponge and rub over the body with you bathe.

shg 5This is Day 22 in the 31 Days of Simple, Homemade Gifts Series. 

 

Quick and Simple Hot Cocoa Mix

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The following hot cocoa mix is quick to make and includes real food ingredients.

I chose to use coconut sugar or sucanat as the sweetener because both are less processed than white or brown sugar and still contain nutrients.

Ingredients:

Method:

Mix cocoa powder and  sucanat or coconut sugar  in a bowl. Pour into a clean jar and label.

The basic formula of 1 part cocoa powder to 2 parts sucanat or coconut sugar can be used to make more or less of this hot cocoa mix.

For example: make a tiny batch by using a few tablespoons of cocoa powder and twice as many tablespoons of sugar, or make a larger batch by mixing 3 cups cocoa powder with 6 cups sugar.

To use:

Warm 1 cup of milk over low heat and whisk in 2 tablespoons to 1 cup milk

(Include this information if giving as a gift.)

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shg 5This is Day 20 in the 31 Days of Simple, Homemade Gifts Series. 

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