Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

healthy living ~ healthy gifts for the holidays

I love baths, I have stated that fact many times. I think Winter and Baths were created for each other when there is a chill in the air; but they can also be fun in the summertime, just make your water a touch cooler. And with the Holidays just around the corner, these favorite and super simple bath concoctions make fantastic gifts for that "bath loving" person on your list. They are easy, inexpensive, and "oh so wonderful." 

Scented Gentle Bubble Bath
Get out your rubber duckies, you will get lots and lots of bubbles with this formula, and the glycerin will also help smooth your skin.

1-  4 oz gentle, unscented glycerin soap bar.
1/2  cup water
1 teaspoon glycerin
1 teaspoon gentle baby shampoo (unscented preferred @ health food stores)
3-5 drops of any essential oil – my favorites: lemon or heliotrope depending on my mood.

Mix the glycerin soap slowly in a double boiler on the stove. When melted, remove from heat and add the other ingredients stir for about a minute. Put in a pretty bottle and shake before using. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons per bath. Shelf life about 2 to 3 months.

Herbal Bath Salts
Sea salt braces skin and helps “float” away impurities, while the baking soda soothes it and herbal oils add either herbal values or aromatherapy to your bath experience.

1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 sea salt
3-4 drops of your favorite herbal essential oils 
     – my favorites: Rosemary or Eucalyptus

Mix the essential oils. Stir until mixed. Place in a glass jar with tight lid to keep out any moisture.  Add 4 to 5 tablespoons in running bath water; relax and detox. Shelf life: 6 to 8 months.

Just an Old Fashioned Rose-Glycerin Bath
Together, rose water and glycerin were used in Victorian times as a skin softener and conditioner.  Glycerin pulls moisture to the skin , and rose softens it. Here are all of the benefits that skin softening preparation while you soak. glycerin is water-soluble and does not leave a bathtub ring- one reason I use glycerin soaps. You can also add 4 to 5 drops of lavender essential oil to make it a super relaxing Rose Lavender Bath.
I cup glycerin
4 to 5 drops of rose oil
and if available, rose petals for fun

Mix together in a glass bottle, shake well before use, pour a smidgen into running bath water. Shelf life is up to 8 months.

 and if these bath delights are for that special someone. 
Be creative in the packaging, have fun, 
maybe even ponder your gift box idea while soaking away.....

essential oils can be purchased at any Health Food Store, such as: Mother's, Sprouts, Whole Food, or the like. What is nice about these, you usually can test the scent before you purchase. They can also be found on the internet- my most trusted and favorite place is Mountain Rose Herbs 

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