heavenly bath oil recipes

I haven't taken a bath in probably 8 years. I consider myself a germaphobe and the idea of sitting in your own dirt just grosses me out. But, I was reading Jeanne Rose's Herbal Body Book a few weeks back and she has a whole section on bath oils. They sounded wonderful with names like Mediterranean Bath Oil and The Bulgarian Rose Bath. I was feeling a little stressed with school and decided to give one a try. I loved it! It brought back memories from my childhood of taking hot baths. I lit a candle, dropped some oils in the tub and relaxed with a book. I didn't even get grossed out, just took a shower afterwards. 

Above there is an image of fresh sprigs of eucalyptus hanging from the showerhead. I read that when steam comes up from a shower or bath, the smell is amazing. I will need to try this soon!  I also read on Pinterest: "Once a week for 20 minutes, sit in a hot bath that contains a handful of Epsom salts, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and a half cup of baking soda. This combo draws out toxins, lowers stress-related hormones, and balances your pH levels. ~ Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D". This is something else I want to try! A hot bath with this combination and then a cool shower would be wonderful I think. 

Here are some bath oil recipes from Jeanne Rose's book. Just shake ingredients together before putting in the bath:

California Citrus Bath Oil

  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup any fruit kernel oil
  • 1/2 cup soy oil
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 ounce orange peel oil
  • 1/2 ounce lemon peel oil

Mediterranean Bath Oil

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ oil
  • 1/2 cup safflower oil
  • 1/2 ounce essential oil of lavender
  • 1/4 ounce essential oil of basil

The Bulgarian Rose Bath

  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup safflower oil
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup apricot oil
  • 1/2 ounce essential oil of rose
  • 1/4 cup essential oil of violets