Make Your Own Lavender + Rose Botanical Bath Blend
If you’ve got a bath for two, here’s something special you can make for Valentine’s Day … or for any day where you’d love some relaxing botanical pampering.
I’ve created a botanical bath blend using dried lavender and rose petals. I’ve also included rolled oats in the recipe as they’re wonderful at calming and soothing any irritated skin and the magnesium in the Epsom salts is really helpful for releasing muscle aches and pains and maintaining a healthy nervous system.
A botanical bath is a wonderful way to soak any stresses away.
This blend is relaxing, nurturing and balancing.
Makes enough for approx. 4-5 baths.
What you’ll need …
- 1 tbsp lavender blossoms – dried, then slightly crushed.
- 1 tbsp rose petals (any rose petals are fine just as long as they haven’t been sprayed) – dried, then slightly crushed.
- ¼ cup organic rolled oats – crushed (can use a pestle + mortar to crush the oats)
- ¼ cup Epsom magnesium salts
- 15 ml (or 1 tbsp) sesame oil – organic preferably
- 3 drops Perfect Harmony essential oil synergy
- Muslin or cheese cloth – organic preferably
- Jute or cotton string
- Rubber band
How to make …
Firstly, if you’re not going to use your bath blend straight away it is best to use dry lavender blossoms and rose petals. You can either purchase these already dried or pick from your garden and dry yourself. If you’re not sure how to dry plant material read my post on How to Make an Infused Oil of Lavender.
Here’s a pic of my lavender and roses on my drying rack
When ready, place the lavender blossoms, rose petals, organic oats and Epsom salts in a glass or ceramic bowl.
Measure the sesame oil and place in a separate small glass beaker/bowl.
Carefully place 3 drops of Perfect Harmony essential oil synergy in the sesame oil and swirl together.
Pour this oil blend into the bowl with the lavender, roses, oats and salt and mix together with a glass rod or stainless-steel spoon.
Cut out a 25 cm circle out of the muslin/cheese cloth.
Place approx. 2 tablespoons of the Botanical Bath Blend in the centre of the circle.
Pull sides up together and secure with a rubber band.
Tie your jute or cotton string around the rubber band forming a knot and then create a longer loop with the string so you tie over the bath tap while running a bath.
Here’s a pic of my finished botanical bath blend 😊.
How to use …
Hang your bath bag over the tap while running the water for a few minutes. Then the bag can go straight into the bath water.
Check the water temperature before stepping in, lie back and relax enjoying the aroma while your skin is being bathed in botanical healing goodness. You have permission to stay and soak for at least 20 minutes 😉.
You can squeeze the bath bag a couple of times while it is floating in the water. This encourages the botanical and oat goodness to infuse through the water. You can also use the bag to gently massage your body.
Sipping on a glass of chilled wine while relaxing is optional 😊.
Cautionary note … please be careful hopping out of the bath due to the oil content in the botanical blend your bath maybe a little slippery.
Tips and botanical benefits …
Please make sure you use a carrier oil to dilute the essential oil drops in. It doesn’t have to be sesame oil. Other great choices are Jojoba, Sweet Almond or Apricot Kernel oil. Remember oil and water don’t mix so blending with a carrier oil first prevents droplets of concentrated essential oil settling on your skin and causing irritation. Plus, your skin will benefit from the lovely moisturising properties of the carrier oil.
You can use a pestle or mortar to crush the oats, lavender blossoms and rose petals. Or if you prefer you can blitz them quickly in a blender. Crushing the plant material and oats allows the cell walls to be broken down so the botanical goodness can be extracted in the bath water.
If you are going to use the all the bath blend straight away you can use fresh lavender and rose petals if you prefer. If you know you’ll be storing the blend for a later date then drying the plant material first will extend their self life and prevent mold etc from forming.
I chose to use oats in the blend because of their wonderful skin soothing benefits and are useful in calming any skin irritation or inflammation. They bring a soothing, milkiness to the bath that nourishes and moisturises your skin.
Perfect Harmony essential oil synergy contains the pure essential oils of bergamot, frankincense, geranium, and ylang-ylang. Its aroma is alluring and floral. You’ll feel positive, centred and balanced.
Of course, you don’t have to Perfect Harmony essential oil synergy for your bath blend. Tranquillus and Butterfly Wings are also great choices. You could also use Lavender essential oil on its own. Lavender is aromatically and therapeutically calming, balancing and healing or you could use the very decadent (and expensive but worth it) rose essential oil. Just make sure the essential oil you choose is not known to cause skin irritation e.g. lemongrass, clove, cinnamon and thyme are potential skin irritants to name a few. Please do your homework and if you are in any doubt, you’re welcome to check with me.
If you have sensitive skin you can leave out the essential oil drops from the recipe. You will still receive the botanical goodness from the lavender, rose petals, oats, magnesium salts along-with the skin moisturising properties from your chosen carrier oil.
If you prefer you can omit the bag and place 2 tbsp of the blend directly in the bath. Using a bag prevents the oats and plant material making a mess and blocking the plug. But the lavender and rose petals do look lovely floating on the top of the water 😊.
Happy botanical soaking 😊
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Published on February 11, 2019