Sunday, May 10, 2009

How to Make Herbal Bath Oil

By eHow Fashion, Style & Personal Care Editor

Adding a few drops of homemade herbal bath oil to a warm bath is a delightful way to relax after a busy day. The warm water and herbs will not only soothe your skin and release tension in your joints and muscles, but will benefit your mind and spirit as well. Read on to learn how to make herbal bath oil.

Instructions Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:

2 oz. grape seed oil
2 oz. jojoba oil
1 ½ oz. dried herbs of your choice
Liquid food coloring (optional)
Slow cooker
Unbleached muslin
Dark colored glass bottle, sterilized


Step1 Put the oils and dried herbs in the slow cooker and stir thoroughly. Make sure the slow cooker is on the lowest setting so that the mixture won't overheat.

Step 2 Allow the herbal bath oil to infuse in the slow cooker for two hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Stirring the mixture is crucial, so it's a good idea to use a timer to remind you.

Step 3 Fold the unbleached muslin and place it in a strainer. Strain the oil mixture two or three times, making sure that all of the herbs are removed from the oil, as they can cause the mixture to turn rancid quickly.

Step 4 Pour the mixture into the glass bottle, and label. This herbal bath oil is very concentrated and makes enough oil for at least four baths. Add a few drops to the running water when you fill your tub.

Tips & Warnings
Nearly any oil can be substituted for the grape seed and jojoba oil, according to your preferences.

Sweet almond oil, sesame oil, wheat germ oil or extra-virgin olive oil are all good choices.

Add about 20 drops of essential oil before straining the mixture if you want your herbal bath oil to double as an aromatherapy bath. Use any fragrance that you like.

Double the amount of herbs if you prefer to use fresh herbs.


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