The rich, spicy, sweet-tart scent of this yummy aromatherapy bath recipe will absolutely enchant you!
A healing blend of lemongrass, palmarosa and lavender combined with a spicy hint of cloves lifts your mood, soothes your nerves and relaxes your muscles - it's one of the nicest homemade bath products for stress, crankiness and depression.
Lemongrass, lavender and cloves are excellent skin-toning cleansers, good for balancing oily, acne-prone skin and tightening pores. Palmarosa helps stimulate the growth of healthy skin.
This herbal bath tea recipe is also excellent for easing muscle and joint pain - every single ingredient has pain-relieving properties.
1/2 cup dried Lemongrass
1/2 cup Lavender flowers
1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) whole Cloves
1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) chopped or shredded Licorice root (optional)
3 drops Lemongrass essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Palmarosa essential oil
Combine the lemongrass, lavender flowers and licorice root in a dark glass or PET plastic jar.
Using a mortar and pestle, crush the cloves a little to break them into slightly smaller pieces and release their scent. If you don't have a mortar and pestle (I don't!) you can put the cloves in a stong plastic bag and gently hit them with a hammer, or you can grind them in a clean coffee maker - just be careful not to overdo it.
Add the cloves to the herbal bath tea mixture, then drop in the essential oils, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the mixture. Use a stainless steel spoon to gently stir everything together.
Cap the jar and let it sit for at least 24 hours before using to let the aroma 'cure' (longer is better.)
To use your citrus spice aromatherapy bath recipe, scoop a few spoonfuls into a small organza or muslin drawstring bag. Fill about half full - it will expand in the water.
If you don't have a bag, put a few spoonfuls into the center of a square of double thickness cheesecloth, pull the edges together and tie it closed with a string.
To get the most benefit from your bath, boil a kettle of water, then steep the bag in a bowl of very hot water for 10 minutes or so. (Yes, you're making herbal tea for your bath!)
Pour the herbal bath tea into your bathwater BEFORE YOU GET IN then check the temperature to make sure the bath water is not too hot. Drop the herbal bag in the water, slide in and relax for 20 minutes.
Dry off without rinsing, and lock in moisture with a good body lotion, like this yummy Homemade Sandalwood Lotion.