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Detoxifying Seaweed Bath
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup honey
1 cup dried seaweed or powdered kelp (available in the international food section of grocery stores or at any Asian market)
1/2 cup sea salt
Directions: Combine the whole milk and honey. Under running water, pour the milk and honey into a warm bath. Add the seaweed or kelp and salt prior to getting in the bath.
Source: The Recipe for Radiance
DIY Bath Fizzies
1 3/4 cup baking soda
2 cups cornstarch
1 cup citric acid (available at a grocery or health food store)
Spritzer bottles (optional)
Food coloring (optional)
5 to 6 drops essential oil
Baking molds or silicone ice cube tray
Sift baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch through a sieve to remove chunks. To make different color tints, fill small spritzer bottles with water and add about 6 drops of food coloring to each. Pour 1 cup of the powdered mixture into a glass bowl. Lightly spritz, stirring, until powder is desired color. Check the consistency of powder with your fingers; when it can be tightly packed or shaped, stop spritzing (this may take a little while).
Add 5 to 6 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix well. Firmly pack mixture into small baking molds or ice tray. Allow mixture to set for 2 hours, then pop out carefully. Repeat with remaining powder.
Source: Martha Stewart
Epsom Salt Soak for Sore Muscles
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 cup Epsom salts
1/4 cup cider vinegar
12 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Directions: To make your bath, fill the tub with the hottest water you stand. Add salt, baking soda, Epsom salts and vinegar, and swirl the water around to dissolve all of the granules and evenly distribute the vinegar. Add your fragrance drops under running water. Soak in the tub for 20 minutes.
Source: Urban Remedy
Soothing and Oh-so-simple Bath Soak
6 bags chamomile tea or 6 tablespoons loose chamomile tea
1/4 cup mint leaves, de-stemmed
1 clean sock or coffee filter
1 rubber band
If using tea bags, cut bags open and pour the contents into sock or coffee filter. Add mint leaves, and secure "sachet" (the sock or coffee filter) with rubber band. Toss in the tub and run a hot bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes.
Source: Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made From All-Natural Ingredients by Annie Strole. © 2014 by Annie Strole. A Perigee Book, Penguin Group USA, A Penguin Random House Company.