After a day on the beach or the great outdoors, you might come home with more than just a tan. Protecting your skin before you go out as well as afterward is important. If you’ve come home with a sunburn, Poison Ivy or insect bites, taking a warm natural, healing bath for your skin will calm and cool down the irritation while restoring the balance of your body-mind system.
A bath is a wonderful healing treatment. For this natural bath recipe you will need oatmeal, lavender, baking soda, green tea and milk.
1) Oatmeal is more than a breakfast food. It is a skin protector. It protects the skin from irritants and helps soothe skin that’s itchy or painful. It also absorbs bacteria from your skin, and helps to normalize your skin’s alkaline balance while cleansing and locking in moisture.
2) Lavender not only gives the bath a soothing and relaxing aroma, it also has been reported to help reduce anxiety and decreases the perception of pain. This bath might be helpful after a day on the beach to soothe your skin. It would also benefit you after a day in the woods or insect infested areas to clean and clear irritation from bites or exposure to Poison Ivy because of its ability to create relief from itchiness. It Is both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.
3) Baking Soda neutralizes acids on the skin and helps wash away oil and perspiration. It also makes your skin feel very soft.
4) Green Tea is detoxifying and helps to heal sun-damaged skin.
5) Milk is both soothing and calming. It relieves sunburn pain and skin irritation.
*For your Oatmeal Bath you will need the following amounts.
• 2 cups plain oatmeal, blended to finer grains ( You can use Quaker Oats in your blender to make a powder).
• 3/4 cup lavender flowers (You can used dried lavender for this bath or flowers from your garden).
• 1/4 cup baking soda
• 2 tablespoons green tea leaves ( I used the contents of two teabags of green tea from Trader Joe’s)
• 1 cup milk (optional)
• Add dry ingredients to cheesecloth and tie off. (You can use a muslin bag for your bath recipe for herbal baths). Depending on severity, you only need a part for one bath so the rest can be stored in a glass jar).
• Fill bath with warm water and add milk (optional).
• Add cheesecloth mixture to the bath and soak for 15-20 minutes. If you have a severe sunburn, Poison Ivy or insect bites, do this bath twice a day for relief.
* I’ve been working through an Intermediate Herbal Course this summer with the Herbal Academy of New England, and this was one of the first recipes I made from their First Aid Resources. It is a wonderfully soothing bath treatment. Let me know how it works for you!
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