This herbal bath blend is full of ingredients that will soothe sunburns after long summer days. Prepare the pouches ahead of time so they're ready whenever your skin craves respite from the heat.
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- 1 cup oats, finely ground in a food processor
- 1/2 cup whole-milk powder
- 4 teaspoons green tea leaves
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; blend thoroughly using a fork. Using a tablespoon, fill several small muslin pouches with the bath blend. (Depending on the size of the pouches, this recipe makes enough for 3 to 4 baths.)
Tighten and secure the pouch strings with a tight knot. Or make your own bath pouch: Place several tablespoons of the bath blend in the center of an 8-inch square of muslin cloth. Gather the sides, and close the pouch using ribbon or twine. Store cloth bath pouches in a closed container (such as a Mason jar) until ready to use, up to 2 weeks.
To prepare a bath, place the pouch in the tub, and fill with lukewarm water. Allow the herbs to steep and the water to cool for [about] 15 minutes before entering the tub. As you soak, you can use the wet bath pouch as a soothing compress for sunburned skin. Soak for 10 to 20 minutes; rinse with cool water, and gently pat skin dry.