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How To Make A Natural Bath Mixture Bath Teas Bath Milk Bath Sea Salts

Updated on June 20, 2009

Time For The Bath Duck

Bath Duck by fairday
Bath Duck by fairday

How To Make Natural Dry Bath Mixtures For Bath Tea Bags, Bath Milks And Bath Sea Salts

These three types of bath products use pretty much the same dry ingredients in different combinations.  It depends on what you have on hand and what sort of treatment that you want that will determine what you put in the individual treatments.  You do not need much equipment besides a bowl and spoon to mix it in and a small container with a tightly fitted lid to store your products, if necessary.  Other than those items, it is only the bath tea bag, which requires a little more.

The Bath Tea Bag:  The bath tea bag can be a simple or as fancy as you like.  The purpose of the bath tea bag is to allow the use of dried bath ingredients to be enclosed in a resealable pouch.  Ground oatmeal and dried herbs are the two big culprits for leaving a ring around the tub.  Oatmeal is an excellent remedy for soothing dry and itchy skin.  It protects and moisturizes the skin as it soothes the itch.  Dried herbs can be added to enhance an oatmeal blend. 

The fabric of a bath pouch should be permeable to allow the water to blend with the bath ingredients inside the pouch and  release their active ingredients into the water.  The residue from dried herbs and ground oatmeal is contained in the bag, which prevents the residue from lining the tub when you drain the water out of the bath tub.  Some bath tea bags also act as a washbag at the same time. 

Rubberband And Washcloth Bag:  This is the simplest bag.  Just put the bath mixture in the center of the washcloth and bring the corners together so a pouch is formed around the bath mixture.  Enclose the pouch area with a rubberband.  Give the pouch some room so that the pouch area can be used as a washcloth.  If you don't have a washcloth hand that you don't mind getting stained, recycle some piece of fabric for the purpose.

Sewn Washcloth Bag:  Make a few of these at a time for the sake of convenience.  Use a sewing maching or your hand to stitch up two sides (long side, short end) of a folded washcloth.  One end should be left open.  You will use this end to close the bag.  You can tie the bag off with a shoelace or a rubberband.  You could use a ribbon but they do not have the same "grip" as other fabrics and a ribbon tends to look ratty quickly when it is used frequently.  The benefit of using a sewn washcloth is that you get a bigger bag to use as a washcloth.  Again, you can use recycled pieces of fabric to make your bath bags.

Containers For Dry Bath Mixtures:  You can recycle a jar that will hold about two cups of mixture.  The jar should have a tight fitting lid that will prevent moisture from entering the bath mixture.  Do not remove the mixture from the jar with wet fingers, use a spoon.  Avoid using the mixture in steamy conditions and remove it before the environment gets too moist. 

Skip The Container And Just Make One Time Use Amounts Instead

Your natural bath mixtures do not have a preservative and should be used rather quickly.  The great thing about natural bath mixtures is that you can make them on the spot in one time amounts that eliminates the need for a container.  You just make it and use it immediately.  If you do want to make a bath that will last for a few baths, make a bulk mixture with up to four batches in it.  When you make a bath product with natural ingredients, they are most effective when fresh so it all works out.  Soak the bath bag in the bathwater for a minute or so before using it.

The Natural Bath Dry Ingredients

Sea Salt: Sea salt is high in minerals and has a detoxifying effect on the body. As sea salt pulls toxins from the skin, it also moisturizes. Sea salts can be used alone or added to other bath mixtures.

Dry Milk: You can use any of the dry milks (low fat, regular, etc.) in a bath. The lactic acid in milk exfoliates the skin as the fats soften and moisturize the skin. Because of the moisturizing effects, you may want to use a dry milk powder with a higher fat content. Dry milk powder can be added to a bath water by itself or added to a bath mixture.

Herbs: The easiest way to used dried herbs is to use what you have in your cupboards or what is available in tea bags. Popular herbs for use in the bath include chamomile (skin irritations, inflammations), calendula (skin soothing) and other tea blends such as those blends with rose petals, hibiscus flowers, blackberry leaves etc.. The only restrictions are if you have allergies to the herb or if too much cinnamon is used in the blend, it could irritate the skin. Dried herbs are best used to enhance other bath mixtures.

Teas: Green tea has antioxidants that are excellent as a tonic for the skin. Black tea is soothing for the skin and actually binds broken skin cells. An excellent natural remedy for a sunburn is to brew a couple of cups of strong black tea and add it to a bath because of black tea's ability to heal damaged skin. Teas can be used to enhance other bath blends.

Oatmeal: Any type of oats can be used in the bath. If the oatmeal is ground before it is added to a mixture, it will soften faster and release its skin soothing ingredients. You could cook the oatmeal before adding to a bath bag or you can add it as a dry ingredient. You can use oatmeal by itself for a bath or as an ingredient in a bath blend.

Bath Mixture Recipes

You can use single dry ingredients for a bath or use blends. You will use between two to four tablespoons for each bath. For added skin softening effects, add a teaspoon of vegetable oil to the bath bag before adding it to a bath.

Sea Salt Blend
2 Tablespoons Sea Salt, 1 Tablespoon Dry Milk, 1 Teaspoon Dried Herb or Tea

Dry Milk Blend
3 Tablespoons Dry Milk, 1 Teaspoon Dried Herb or Tea

Oatmeal and Herbs Blend
3 Tablespoons Oatmeal, 1 Teaspoon Dried Herb or Tea

Everything Blend
1 Tablespoon Each: Sea Salt, Dry Milk, Oatmeal with 1 Teaspoon Dried Herb or Tea

If you want a larger quantity (approximately 2 cups):

Sea Salt Blend
1 1/3 Cup Sea Salt, 2/3 Cup Dry Milk, 1 Tablespoon Dried Herb or Tea

Dry Milk Blend
1 3/4 Cup Dry Milk, 2 Tablespoons Dried Herb or Tea

Oatmeal and Herbs Blend
1 3/4 Cup Oatmeal, 2 Tablespoons Dried Herb or Tea

Everything Blend

1/2 Cup Oatmeal, 1/2 Cup Sea Salt, 1/2 Cup Dry Milk, 2 Tablespoons Dried Herb, 2 Tablespoons Tea

You can make your natural bath mixtures in any proportion that you want. This is not an exact science but what is sure, your skin will be softened, cleansed and conditioned when you use natural ingredients in your bath water. Just remember to write down your recipes so if you make a really great mixture, you can repeat the recipe

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