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Make Your Own Soothing Lavender Bath Products!

Make Your Own Soothing Lavender Bath Products!

Lavender has been revered universally through the ages for its classic, herbal, floral scent and its beneficial beauty and healing properties. Its name is derived from the Latin verb, “to wash.” Ancient Greeks and Romans scented their soaps and baths with lavender. If you have a lavender plant growing in your herb garden or flowerbed, you can incorporate the scented leaves and flowers into luxurious handmade spa-like bath and beauty products. Any of the following body care recipes would make attractive, fragrant gifts to share.

Herbal Bath Bag
Cut one round piece of durable muslin for each herbal bath bag. In the center, lay a mixture of flaked oatmeal, dried lavender, lovage, comfrey, rosemary, lemon grass, and chamomile or a mixture of these of your choosing. Gather the muslin up and wrap a rubber band tightly around the top. Tie a long strand of thin ribbon around the rubber band and tie a loop around the bathtub faucet. The herbal bag should be positioned to hang directly in the flow of the warm running water as it fills the tub. While soaking in the herbed bath water, remove the bag and rub it directly on the skin as a body scrub for additional benefits.

Note: Muslin bags with drawstrings can be purchased from herb suppliers, if you prefer not to make your own.

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