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.
Honey and Milk baths will soothe rough and damaged skin and after a cold spell like we've had where the heat was constantly running, my skin is crying for softness and moisture.
What you need for dryness is a humectant. Humectants (or moisturizers) are important cosmetic ingredients which prevent loss of moisture thereby retaining the skin's natural moisture. Some compounds also have the ability to actively attract moisture. Honey a natural humectant as it attracts and retains moisture. When used in skin treatments, honey traps and seals in the moisture leaving skin soft and supple.
Milk lends softening properties. By milk properties, I specifically mean lactic acid, a proven skin-softener that gently removes dead skin cells without setting off alarm bells for irritation or dryness.Milk proteins and their plant-based facsimiles can deliver baby-soft skin on a level that has to be experienced to be believed.
This month's recipe is a combination of Milk, honey and almond oil that works as a perfect three only with the herbs to give you softer, smoother less dry skin in this dead of winter season.
Honey Almond Milk Bath
1 Tablespoon Almond Oil
1/4 cup honey
1 cup powdered milk
2 teaspoons powdered herbs (chamomile, lavender, thyme, sage and roses in any combo is perfect)
Combine the oil and honey with powdered milk and mix until coated. Stir in the powdered herbs and blend to combine.
To use: Pour the think mixture under the running tap to melt the honey and dissolve and re-hydrate the milk powder. Slip into the bath and soak until the water cools, then towel off and seal the moisture you have regained with a topical lotion.