I'm Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh growing herbs is a passion I've had for more than 20 years now. The Backyard Patch is my own herb business started in 1995. I specialize in fresh, amazing, organic blended herbs. Those for cooking, tea and bath -- and they are all home-grown and hand-blended. In the last 20 years I have gained a knowledge of herbs and their flavors that I share here.
Summer sun can dry skin in ways that winter weather does not, but it is just as harmful to your skin's elasticity. So soothe that sun damaged skin with a milk bath. This recipe is great for summer use because of the mix of herbs.
Garden Spa Milk Bath
2 cups powdered milk
1 cup cornstarch
2 Tbls. mixed herbs (finely ground) -- see below
Combine powdered milk, cornstarch and herbs in a glass jar and shake to blend. Use 1 to 2 Tbls of mixture in muslin bag and place under the tap as you draw your bath. Luxuriate!
Herbs to use -- Choose any mixture from one to more herbs based on what you want them to do for you.
Chamomile’s gentle, fruity scent
will whisk away your stress like no other. This is a wonderful choice for small
children, but any age will benefit. Chamomile is an herb that can be used alone
in the bath. It is safe enough for the youngest bathers, and the scent help
calm the frazzled mom as well.
Basil is an herb of choice if you
are creating a stimulating bath. The pleasant aroma will wake up your senses
and leave you feeling refreshed.
Eucalyptus has that recognizable
scent we all know of. Use it in a stimulating type bath, or one where the user
is feeling congested.
Another wonderful ingredient in a
stimulating bath mix, fennel has a lovely, sweet scent - reminiscent of
Lavender always makes the list of
bath herbs. Who doesn't enjoy a soothing soak in lavender scented waters?
Perfect for any type of bath, lavender is a wonderful supporting scent for most
6. Lemon Balm
The lemony scent of lemon balm is a
wonderful bath herb. Unlike its use as a relaxing herb in tea, in the case of a
bath, it is considered a stimulating addition. Adding it to your bath mix with leave you feeling refreshed.
Rosemary offers itself as a
wonderful bath herb. Its piney scent will help when you are feeling under the
weather, and congested. I find that a rosemary bath helps after a long day
working in the garden. The aches and pains seem to melt away.
Sage is included in the list of
stimulating bath herbs. It may not be a pleasing scent to everyone, but it has
anti-fungal and anti bacterial properties.
Calendula is a true must have for
any bath mixture. It is used as a soothing and healing herb,
wonderful for those with dry skin, to soak a healing wound, consider this
when trying to soothe an area that is out of reach
It is good to use for my children's
baths when they have chicken pox, any eczema symptoms, too many mosquito bites,
or a stubborn diaper rash.
Yarrow is an unusual addition to the
list. It is often overlooked for its healing properties. Use it for a soaking
tub, for irritated skin and to soak healing wounds in. I find that yarrow has a
pleasing scent, but it is a bit different for most folks. Try a light hand when
mixing in your bath herb mix.