Saturday, October 24, 2009

D.I.Y. Recipe: Citrus Herb Cream Bath

The ceremony of bathing in herbs has been a daily ritual in many cultures for centuries. Herbal baths can be aromatic, detoxifying and extremely relaxing both physically and emotionally. Use single herbs or combinations of herbs to stimulate circulation, relieve aches and pains, promote sleep and more. Try this aromatic herbal bath recipe for energy and revitalization. Enjoy!

Citrus Herb Cream Bath

1/4 cup grated fresh lemon peel (cleansing and uplifting)
1/4 cup dried parsley (anti-inflammatory, skin tonic, ATTRACTS MONEY!)
1/2 cup powdered milk (hydrating, anti-bacterial, lactic acid=natural exfoliant)
1/2 cup Dead Sea salt (detoxifies and softens skin)
2 tablespoons minced ginger root (promotes warming and circulation)
3 tablespoons oatmeal (softens skin and water)
1/4 teaspoons sweet orange essential oil (optional--anti-depressant, uplifting)

Mix all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Add mixture to muslin or organza bag, close tightly and toss in tub under running water. If you don't have a muslin or organza bag, you can use a clean, thin nylon sock or knee-high stocking. Water should be tepid (warm). Soak for 15-20 minutes and towel dry. Apply moisturizer if necessary while your skin is still moist. Discard herbs and clean bag to reuse later.

Note: Replenish your body's fluids by drinking plenty of water or herbal tea before and after the treatment. The lemon peel and orange essential oil in this recipe contains citrus oil acts as a photosensitizer which may cause skin sensitivity when exposed to direct sunlight immediately after use. Consult your physician or holistic practitioner if you are pregnant or have other health issues before using this recipe.

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