HerbanU DIY Calming Herbal Bath
A few of my babies had really sensitive skin when they were born and it was frustrating trying to find products that they could bathe in that didn’t result in dry or irritated skin. This DIY Calming Herbal Bath became our answer and it’s great for stressed out mamas too!
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Sometimes called herbal “tea baths”, an herbal bath is simply an infusion of herbs in water that is added to bath water for the benefits of the herbs properties. They are very easy to do, and a preferred way to administer herbs to children.
When you add an herbal infusion to bath water, the properties of those herbs are absorbed through the skin. There’s no concern for digestive issues or trying to force a child to ‘take’ herbal medicine. You still have to be careful which herbs you use with babies and children though- herbs have properties that should always be examined in light of safety. Herbs have a biological response within the body and can affect systems like the respiratory, blood pressure and heart- so please research every herb you choose.
Based on my research, this bath is safe for even infants, as long as there are no known allergies to the plants used. Lavender, calendula, Rose petals, and chamomile are combined into a soothing herbal infusion that effectively and gently cleans delicate skin, soothes and calms. This is the bath I turn too when I myself need to relax. It smells wonderful!
DIY Calming Herbal Bath
To make it, you will need dried herbs of each (Click on images to be taken to each herb for purchase):
To purchase ingredients for this bath blend, I recommend Starwest Botanicals, one of my favorite places to purchase all things herbal (AFFILIATE LINKS- I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you when you shop through these links)
Lavender, of course, has calming properties, but it also soothes irritated skin- it’s great for baby acne!
Calendula is used in skin care products to calm irritated skin and to cleanse- really beneficial for eczema.
Rose petals are very popular in skin care products, they are also anti-bacterial.
Chamomile is calming- inside and out.
To Make the Blend:
Combine one cup of each in a large bowl and store in mason jars or an airtight container away from sunlight.
This bath makes a great new mama gift! Find a pretty jar, and a mini scoop, add a decorative label and include instructions. I love adding this to a Blessing Basket for first-time mamas.
When you want to use the blend:
For baby baths: use 1/8 cup of the bath blend and pour 2 cups of hot water over the herbs. Steep for about 15 minutes, strain and add to bath water for cleansing. (Make sure the temperature of the water for baby is safe!) I completely eliminated harsh soaps when bathing my babies and they were just as clean. Follow with coconut oil or preferred baby moisturizer.
For mama: use 1 cup of bath blend and pour 2 cups hot water over the herbs. Steep for about 15 minutes and add to bath water. Soak for at least 15 minutes for full calming benefits of the herbs.
Soap Isn’t the Only Thing that Cleanses
I love finding natural alternatives that are just as ‘good’ as the store-bought products we are so used to using. While soap has its place, if you or a loved one has sensitive skin, it’s nice to know that there are other options that offer good, if not better, benefits!