Milk, herbs and… relax!
Why should you try?
The perfect treat for a tired mom and makes a great gift with a personal touch!
Relaxing herbal milk bath sounded just like something my soul and dry skin would appreciate once the little one’s gone to bed. At the end of a heavy day I sometimes draw a bath and watch a movie with the doors open. I’m sure many mums can relate to the bathroom door just not closing any more (on any occasion) after the baby’s born! Ha ha! So a milky bath? By yourself? To relax? Count me in!
The AHA! moment
The inspiration came to me whilst searching for the best holiday deal with my dear friend. A couple of years ago we’ve made a plan to go on holiday every year to a place beginning with ‘K’ (C in English). My friend was worried that after I have a child I will not do anything to treat myself anymore like majority of her friends. So by making this deal there were no excuses for not going. Clever her! The first time we went to Canary Islands, the following year to Crete and this year we are actually planning to visit the film festival either in Cannes in southern France or in one of our local spa cities Karlovy Vary. When searching for accommodation we looked into several spa packages and it was then that I read about the benefits of mineral water, chocolate body wraps or milky herbal baths.
This is the best recipe I’ve come across and it really felt like a vacation in my own bathroom! I am including it in the ‘joys and treats’ section because other mums need to be pampered too!
Isn’t this a great gift idea too?? Place all soothing ingredients into a glass jar creating lovely layers, label the jar, tie up a nice motivational message or a bunch of dried herbs and off it goes to treat another tired mommy! Amazing if you ask me and you can check out the bath bomb and bubble ball DIY posts for this too!
How to make this ‘spa’ moment happen in your home
You will need:
- 1/2 cup of Himalayan salt (to help relax the body)
- 2 cups of full fat powdered milk (lactic acid and protein in milk helps to soothe and nourish the skin)
- 1/3 cup of baking soda
- 10 drops of essential oil of your own choice (lavender, rose, lilac.. or any other body friendly essential oil)
- dried botanicals (rose petals, chamomile, lavender, hibiscus, marigold flower, heather)
Optional for dry skin
- 1 tbl spoon of coconut oil (excellent moisturiser and cleanser)
- 1 tbl spoon of organic honey (has antibacterial and healing properties)
Pour the powdered milk into the warm water, add a spoon of coconut oil, baking soda, a spoon of honey, a few drops of essential oil and all your dried herbs. Light some candles, put a favourite music or a movie on, dive into the water and soak to your heart’s content! (remember the baby monitor I mentioned in the baby gear essentials article? THIS is the time to use it!)