Make Your Own Scented Bath Oil

scented bath oil
Dry skin plagues many people throughout the winter months.  Frigid temperatures and dry, hot indoor air zap the moisture right out of our skin. Pamper your skin with a warm bath on a cold night, infused with all-natural, organic, scented bath oil that you make yourself.

Scented Bath Oils

Nothing says luxury like scented bath oils. From the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to modern day, people love relaxing in a scented tub.

Making scented bath oils is relatively easy. All you need is a heavy duty pot, all natural almond or walnut oil, a few drops of essential oil or about a cup of fresh herbs, and a glass jar with a stopper.

If using essential oils, simply pour about one cup of almond or walnut oil into the glass jar. Add a few drops of lavender, rose or another scent of your choice to the oil.  Go sparingly at first until you're sure of the exact amount to use.  Label the jar and use as needed. A few drops added to the bath and swirled through warm water or rubbed onto the skin after showering lock in moisture.

Using Fresh Herbs

You can also make herbal bath oils from dried herbs. If you've grown lemon balm or cinnamon basil, for example, both herbs make a wonderful infusion into bath oil.  Here's how to make your own herbal infused bath oil.

You'll need:

•    Two teaspoons of dried herbs – cinnamon basil, lemon balm, or another scented herb of your choice. Use one herb at a time unless you like the scent of the mixture.

•    One teaspoon of dried orange peel, which adds a citrus note to the bath oil

•    Half to one cup of almond or walnut oil

•    Heavy saucepan

•    Strainer

•    Glass jar with lid

Place the herbs, the orange peel and the oil into the saucepan and heat until it is warm. But do not boil it…just gently warm it, then turn off the stove.   Remove from the stove and let it cool to room temperature. Pour the mixture into the glass jar, place the lid on it, and label it with the date.  Let it stand in a cool, dark place for two weeks or more.  After at least two weeks have passed, strain the mixture through the strainer and save the oil into the glass jar.  The bath oil is now ready to be used. Be sure to use it quickly, as oil that sits for too long can become rancid. It's also important when making the bath oil to gently heat it, but not boil it – overheating changes the oil and can encourage it to become rancid.

A Few Cautions

•    Be sure to test essential oils or bath oils on a patch of skin, such as the skin inside the crook of your elbow or behind your knee, to make sure you're not allergic to them. Place a dab of the oil on the skin and wait 24-48 hours. If you feel fine, go ahead and use it. If any redness, irritation or itching develops, you may be allergic to the oil or herb. Discontinue use.

•    If using oils swirled into your bathwater, be very, very careful when standing up and getting out of the tub.  Oils can make the sides of the tub slippery, and we don't want you to fall!

•    Another caveat; scrub the tub out immediately after using bath oils.  The oils tend to cling to tub's finish, making it harder to clean the next time around. Rinse out with water and use a gentle, all natural cleanser or a little vinegar and water solution to clean it away after use.

These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

Written by:  Jeanne Grunert
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