Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Simple Mother's Day Gift Idea

I think everyone is strapped for cash right now, which makes holidays such as Mother's Day difficult. What can you give your mama that will still make her feel special yet not break the bank? Well, why not some homemade products to pamper you mom? This year I decided to make bath salts, bath tea and milk bath for the special mamas in my life (my mom, mother-in-law, grandma, and all the women who will be attending my homebirth). All the recipes were fairly simple and cheap to prepare, but heartfelt and should provide a nice dose of pampering and relaxation! Here are the recipes if you want to try some or gift some yourself!

Clearheaded Relaxing Bath Salts
  • 1 Cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Sea Salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 5-10 drops essential oils (I used Lavender, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus)
  • 1-2 tsp Glycerin
  • 1-2 Tbsp Ground Oatmeal
Directions: Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well
For Bath: Use 1/4-1/2 cup

Oatmeal Milk Bath
  • 2 Cups Powdered Milk
  • 1/2 cup Ground Oatmeal
  • 1 Cup Corn Starch
  • 1/2 Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup dried herbs (I used Rose Buds & Lavender- Rosemary or Chamomile would also be good choices)
Directions: Blend oatmeal and herbs in blender or food processor. Add milk to blender. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
For Bath: Use 3 Tbsp

Healing Citrus Green Tea Bath Tea
  • 1/4 Cup Green Tea
  • 1/4 Cup Calendula Petals
  • 1/4 Cup Ground Almonds
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 5-10 drops Lemon, Lemongrass and/or Orange Essential Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Jojoba Oil (left out because of expense)
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Mint Leaves (couldn't find at the store I went to)
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly dispersed and saturated
For Bath: Good for 2-3 baths. Steep for 10 minutes on stove and pour into bath water through a strainer.

1 comment:

Jinxy said...

Thank you. I love making and using homemade bath and skin products.

Check out my Aloha Friday post if you have a second. :)