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Fragrant Milk Bath Recipes

Milk and Honey Bath
Your skin will feel luxurious when you use this recipe. Milk baths are very skin softening & nourishing, something that is wonderful at this time of year! Once you make this recipe, use it right away.

*4 tablespoons honey
*1 quart boiling water
*6 tablespoons dried milk powder

1. Place the honey in a bowl and add the boiling water. Stir until the honey has dissolved. Leave to cool.
2. Place the milk powder in a bowl and gradually mix in the honey water.
3. Add the milk mixture to a warm bath, swishing it about so the milk powder dissolves completely.
4. Lock the bathroom, light some candles. Relax!

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Lavender or Rose and Honey Milk Bath
*1-1/2 cups whole milk, dairy, goat, or soy milk
*1/3 cup honey
*10 drops of lavender OR 5 drops rose essential oil

Rose petals floated in scented milk
Rose petals floating in scented milk create an exquisite bath experience.

A variation on this milk bath recipe: http://zularisnaturals.blogspot.com/2009/02/lavender-and-honey-milk-bath-recipe.html

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New Moon Milk Bath
*2 cups dry whole powdered milk
*1/2 cup Epsom salts
*1/2 cup baking soda
*6 drops sandalwood essential oil
*5 drops vanilla absolute oil
*4 drops gardenia absolute oil
*4 drops orange oil

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a container. To Use: Pour 1 cup into the bath as you fill the tub and stir well.

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Soothing Oatmeal Milk Bath
*1/4 c. coarsely ground oatmeal
*1/2 c. powdered milk
*1 T. hazelnut oil
*6 drops lavender essential oil

Put oats in muslin bag. Add the rest of the ingredients directly to bath.

http://www.idea-queen.com/milk-bath-recipes.html

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Coconut milk with Vanilla extract or absolute, perfect for a tropical bath
Coconut milk with Vanilla extract or absolute, perfect for a tropical bath escape.

Tropical Oasis Milk Bath

*2 cups of coconut milk
*3 drops each of tangerine & ylang ylang essential oils
OR
*6 drops vanilla extract or absolute
Freshly picked flowers of your choice

Combine oils with milk and add to bath water. Add flowers, hop in and indulge your senses.

http://www.spa-living-for-health.com/bath.html

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Chocolate, Cinnamon, Star Anise combine for an incredible milk bath indulgence
Chocolate, Cinnamon, & Star Anise may be combined for an incredible milk bath indulgence!

Chocolate Milk Bath
Recipe #84973  / 5 STAR Rating
Time:  5 min prep

Ingredients
* 1 cup powdered milk
* 1/8 cup cocoa powder
* 1 tablespoon cornstarch
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions
1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
2. Run hot bath water.
3. As tub is filling, pour the amount of chocolate milk bath mix you wish into the tub.
4. Stir to dissolve.
5. NOTE: The author of this recipe likes a full tub of water and uses the whole amount for one bath.

http://www.recipezaar.com/Chocolate-Milk-Bath-84973

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Other sites for milk bath recipes:

http://www.alabu.com/pages/goat-milk-free-recipe.html

http://www.bathandbodyrecipes.com/32/milk-bath-recipes.html

http://www.ellenskitchen.com/pantry/home/bathsalt.html

http://www.scribd.com/doc/1774/250-Bath-Body-Recipes

Aromatic Milk Baths ~ Indulge Yourself & Treat Your Skin to a Centuries-Old Luxury

Fragrant ‘Milk’ baths, a simple luxury, have GENUINE health benefits. Cleopatra ‘Queen Of The Nile’, a famous beauty renown for her charm and beauty secrets maintained her soft skin by taking a camel or goat milk bath every day. Other royal figures, like Elizabeth I of England & Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898) have acclaimed the beautifying benefits of these baths.

Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837–1898) Image via Wikipedia

Milk contains Vitamins A and D, which helps make your skin soft, yet strong. It contains lactic acid with alpha hydroxy acids that dissolve the glue-like proteins that keep dead cells attached to the skin. The lactic acid found in milks, buttermilk,and yogurt act as a gentle soothing moisturizing exfoliant.

Exfoliation is the process of removing the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal softer tissue underneath. If the dead cells are not removed, they tend to clog your pores, which can lead to blackheads and blotchy looking skin. Since the average person creates a new layer of skin every two to four weeks, you can improve your complexion immensely by simply exfoliating on a regular basis.

Milk is also beneficial for your hair. Small scales on your hair follicles can cause hair to look dull. Using milk on your hair seals the scales, making it shinier and healthier ~ just as using milk on your skin makes it silkier and more radiant.

Making your own fragrant milk bath is easy. Choose a scented recipe with essential oils & other ingredients to create the experience you’re after: a morning wake-up with energy for the day, a detoxing cleanse, relieving aches & pains from athletic or gardening efforts, end-of-the-day relaxation, a special sensual treat, etc.

Add 8-10 drops of therapeutic EOs such as lavender, jasmine, rosemary, honey – vanilla – chocolate or coffee absolutes, or other essential oils to 1-2 cups whole or low-fat (not skim) milk, buttermilk, goat milk, coconut or soy milk. Add to warm running bath water to disperse the scented milk & essential oils as you fill the tub. Step into your warm bath and luxuriate!

Soak for 10-20 minutes and polish your skin by scrubbing the surface with a washcloth or loofah in soft, circular motions. Be extra gentle with delicate areas like your neck, inner arms, and thighs to avoid abrasion burns.

NOTE: When you are finished, rinse the milk from your body thoroughly with a quick shower.  Wipe the oils from the tub while they are easy to remove. Rinse & wash measuring cups & spoons thoroughly if you use them for cooking or the next thing you make may taste like your EOs. Hmmmm….perhaps not so great.

After your beauty bath, you may notice your skin is slightly oily. That is normal. It’s simply the natural moisturizing effect of the milk. Exfoliating your skin too often can dry it out and the natural oils in milk will help keep your skin moisturized, making your milk bath the perfect beauty treatment for creating supple baby-soft skin.

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS:
* Essential Oils: Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Nutmeg, Sandalwood, & others
* Almond, Chocolate, Vanilla extracts or absolutes
* 1c. Epsom Salts or Sea Salt
* Melted Honey or Honey absolute
* Herbs or Flower petals
* Powdered Oatmeal

MORE Milk Bath Recipes to follow in my next post. LOOK for it soon!

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Sources:
‘Goat Milk Bath’ IMAGE  from www.chivasskincare.com
Chivas Skin Care sells luxury bath & beauty products made with goats milk.

~ Mary Sampsel: Basic Milk Bath Reccipe with variations added
http://health.learninginfo.org/milk-bath-recipe.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_baths

Another milky tip:
Safe use of essential oils cautions never to put EOs in the eyes.
if this happens by accident. A simple household remedy will ease the discomfort.
~ Wipe the closed eye gently with half ‘n half or whole milk, to dilute the EO and experience quick relief.

 

Bonz™ Essential Oils Balm for Broken Bones, Fractures and Joint Injuries

Bandai !! Jumping experiment (part II)

In May of 2006, our 24-year-old Tai Chi instructor broke his ankle doing a Kung Fu flying jump during a public demonstration.

After receiving standard medical treatment…wearing a cast for 6 six weeks, followed by physical therapy exercises once the cast was off, and although he took care not to re-aggravate the injury, his ankle was still aching painfully 2-3 months later with hard tissue spots and uncomfortable stiffness.

I wondered if a synergistic blend of essential oils could speed healing of broken bones, fractures and joint injuries… easing pain, reducing inflammation & internal scar tissue to restore full function to his ankle. So, I researched essential oils to achieve those healing benefits.

The result, BONZ has been one of my MOST successful synergistic blends: a combination of five powerfully healing essential oils, including

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YLO’s Melrose for Rose ‘Wrastling’ Scratches

Am doing an early summer pruning of all my 20 plus roses – several of which are truly HUGE – now that the spring blossoming explosion is over.

‘Wrastled’ my huge white rose Pax for a few hours Saturday afternoon. Broke its support during our February rain & wind storms and tore away from the fence by the garden gate.

(An aside for rose lovers & gardeners, who may be reading this:  The vigorous modern hybrid tea Pristine is featured above. Pax is a lovely hybrid musk rose, photo shown later in this article.  )

What a job! Required almost more strength than I had. Employing some ingenuity using my u-hook umbrella handle, both feet, and both hands, I managed to get two strong trunks tied to the fence with some foam-covered wire. Have 2-3 more trunks still to do.

AND scratches galore! Looked like I had been in a serious cat squabble. The concern for gardeners is preventing infection. Soil pathogens that could cause tetanus and/or skin surface microbes that could start a staph infection are fairly common.

Hot & scratched up from tying 'Pax,' my hybrid musk rose to the fence.
Hot & scratched up from tying ‘Pax,’ my hybrid musk rose to the fence.

Once I was finished gardening for the afternoon, came in and washed off my arm with soap & water to clean the skin. (Learned from a good friend and university science major that microbes can’t survive on bars of soap. So, the common sense practice of washing your hands and wounds is an excellent habit.)

Then I applied several drops of ‘Melrose’, a Young Living Essential Oils blend made from

– Tea Tree EO (‘MEL’ for Melaluca alternifolia)
– Rosemary (‘ROSE’ for Rosmarinus officinalis)
– Clove & Niaouli essential oils.  Dripped drops on the worst areas and rubbed gently over the scratches for a few seconds, until it vanished into my skin. (Essential oil molecules are extremely fine and absorbed easily through the skin penetrating every cell in your body within 20 minutes!)

Lovely Pax hybrid musk rose with bud
Lovely PAX hybrid musk rose with buds. You wouldn’t expect a pretty rose like this to inflict such damage! Copyright © 2009 Cynthe Brush. All Rights Reserved.

I use Melrose for TWO reasons:
~ Melrose always prevents infection OR stops an infection ‘in its tracks’, if one has already started.
~ Melrose doesn’t sting an open wound. Important in a first-aid essential oil, especially if you need to treat kids’ ‘boo-boos’ and ‘owies.’
Do note that despite having ‘rose’ in its name, this blend has the strong medicinal smell of Tea Tree. NOT an aroma that makes one ‘wax poetic’ or would choose to wear as a perfume. That said, medicine that WORKS and doesn’t hurt or harm IS something to have in your first-aid kit & cabinet.

3rd day, Rose gardening scratches healing
3rd day, Rose gardening scratches healing well
3rd day, Rose gardening scratches healing, no infection
3rd day, Rose gardening scratches (detail) Healing & no infection.

Yesterday, I tackled Devoniensis the enormous white climbing tea rose on the back fence. Was more of a diplomatic negotiation rather than a strong-armed brawl like Saturday’s effort. This rose is NOT one to battle with! I would be ravaged….

Devoniensis is the fiercest rose in my garden. Its thorns are huge, particularly prickly, and sharp! Even the stems & leaves have little prickles that stick the unwary gardener.

The new shoots grow straight up – quickly escaping into the trees, redwoods and all – if I don’t cajole them into winding their strands along the 40 foot sunny portion of our fence. It’s tricky timing the ‘relocation’ efforts. The new shoots have to be long enough to bend in a gentle curve, ‘hardened’ enough to not snap in two, yet flexible enough to manipulate…..VERY carefully, so not to get stabbed!

Devoniensis, climbing tea rose - New cane with thorns
Devoniensis, climbing tea rose – New cane with thorns. Copyright © 2009 Cynthe Brush. All Rights Reserved.
Pax hybrid musk rose, older cane with thorns
Pax hybrid musk rose, older cane with thorns. Copyright © 2009 Cynthe Brush. All Rights Reserved.

Here’ a photo of Pax’s ‘mild-mannered’ thorns for a visual comparison.

If you’re curious to see Devoniensis’ blooms, look here at the feature image ‘Pink Pucker’ at the top of the page and another bud profile against an olive green background near the middle of the page.

Those two roses are handled for the season for the most part. All the rest are easier to deal with. And if I get poked or scratched, then it’s Melrose to the rescue!

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FRAGONIA™ (Agonis fragrans) Essential Oil’s Healing Properties

(Credit: Article adapted from Dr. Daniel Penoel’s Newsletter, August 15th 2007 )

Agonis fragrans ~ The Aromatic Pearl from Western Australia

This fairly recently released western Australian essential oil with a unique bush fragrance and anti-microbial properties was… unknown to aromatherapy until Dr. Daniel Penoel was introduced to this “new” essential oil, when it was brought to France for Dr. Penoel’s [gas chromatography] analysis.

Fragonia is distilled from a small shrub found on the south coast [of Australia] commonly called ‘coarse tea-tree’ by the cut flower industry.  A very special oil, it unblocks the emotions, bringing peace and calm. Emotional peace. Balancing.

Dr. Penoel has found Fragonia to have many excellent molecular properties and emotional benefits. Subsequent preliminary research has led to encouraging

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KUNZEA ( Kunzea ambigua) Essential Oil’s Healing Properties

(Credit: Article adapted from Dr. Daniel Penoel’s Newsletter, August 15th 2007 with botanical information from www.FriendsofLaneCoveNationalPark.org.au)

Kunzea ambigua ~ The Aromatic Treasure from Tasmania

Common Name: Tick bush
Family: Myrtaceae

Kunzea ambigua is a tall spreading shrub 2- 4m high. It is sometimes confused with Tea Tree (Leptospermum), but is distinguished by the ‘fluffy’ appearance of the flowers, caused by numerous long stamens. It is fairly common in heaths and woodlands on sandstone.

The leaves are tiny, 5-12mm by 1-2mm, crowded on short lateral branches and covered in oil dots.

The white flowers have 5 petals which are almost hidden by the many longer stamens when the flower is open. They are very attractive to butterflies and several kinds of pollinating flies. Flowering season: October to December.

This Tasmanian essential oil developed by John Hood in the 1990’s is recognized by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Act as an external treatment for ear, nose and throat inflammations and infections; for common respiratory ailments; to reduce pain, for muscular and joint conditions; and for the relief of minor conditions of anxiety and depression. Alleviates skin conditions such as eczema and rashes, in people, as well as pets.

Dr. Daniel Penoel MD ~ An Aromatic Medicine Practitioner’s Comments

Dr. Daniel Penoel MD, the French doctor and practitioner of Aromatic Medicine has discovered

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Cynthe Brush

Certified Clinical (Medical) Aromatherapist
Creating Custom Blends Since 1999

Therapeutic Essential Oils Practitioner & Self-Care Health Educator has used essential oils for personal, family, & client health issues since 1999.

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