Just the Goods recently hosted a Herbal Bath Oil Bar at Generation Green in the Exchange, which involved inviting participants to create their very own herbal bath oil by adding any combination of available dried botanicals and essential oils. It was so much fun! So, in the spirit of making it available to others, I think I've figured out how to enjoy this option online as a limited edition item.
Each 235 ml / 8 fl oz bottle can be used for between 4 - 6 baths, depending on the amount of oil and fragrance you enjoy. And, if you don't have a bathtub, a herbal oil can make a wonderful foot soak on its own, or as a first stage in an at home pedicure.
The base for this bath oil is a blend of apricot kernel oil (prunus armeniaca) and fractionated coconut oil (caprylic/capric triglyceride). Light and gentle apricot kernel oil is easily absorbed into the skin without leaving any oily residue. High in vitamins E, A and K, as well as omega 6 fatty acids, it can deeply penetrate skin to moisturize and nourish all skin types. So nourishing, in fact, it’s anti-inflammatory benefits can even help to soothe eczema. Coconut oil contains saturated fats in the form of medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides which helps skin retain moisture for smooth elasticity and softness while reducing the size of pores. It also contains capric/caprylic/lauric acid which are in some ways similar to medium chain fatty acids but have considerable disinfectant and antimicrobial properties to help prevent and/or treat infections.
Step 1: Choose up to three tablespoons of any of the following dried botanicals. If you prefer to use only one botanical, choose the same herb three times...
- Calendula (calendula officinalis) has been used for centuries to treat minor wounds, stings, rashes and skin irritations such as chafing and dryness due to being high in carotenoids, which are are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and immune stimulating. Gentle enough for use by people of all ages. Although rare, there are cases of allergic reaction. Calendula can stimulate menstruation so it should not be used internally during pregnancy.
- Chamomile (anthemis nobilis) blossoms contain bisabolol, which is responsible for its anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. In a bath it can offer gentle cleansing while also soothing and softening dry, irritated skin and some rashes. It's calming fragrance can soothe nerves to reduce headaches and/or promote sleep.
- Cornflower (centraurea cyanus) petals are rich in essential minerals salt such as calcium and potassium. Compounds such as anthocyanins, flavonoids, and tannins make them antioxidant, astringent, antiseptic, soothing, and anti-inflammatory. In baths fresh or dried cornflower can ease joint and muscle stiffness and soothes irritated skin while softening skin. As a tea it can soothe the nervous system and reduce anxiety.
- Jasmine (jasminum officinale) has been studied extensively for its ability to reduce depression and anxiety while increasing focus by calming nerve activity and gently decreasing heart rate. Rich in flavonoid antioxidants that combat oxidative stress, jasmine tea is a mild sedative that relaxes the body and mind. It's antispasmodic properties make it an effective aid for muscle pain, stiffness, and sprains and has been used in some cultures for pain-relief during childbirth. Jasmine can help to increase the elasticity of skin and balance moisture to naturally reduce dryness. Jasmine is gentle enough to be used by all, but in rare cases may trigger allergic reaction.
- Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) offers anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties which support acne prone and eczemic skin by boosting circulation, decongesting, and ultimately allowing for better moisturization to improve cellular renewal and thus healing. Aromatherapeutically, it can induce relaxation by soothing nerves. Lavender can be used by almost all people; however, since it has been found to slow the central nervous system it should not be used in combination with anesthesia and other medications during or after surgery. Avoid use for a few weeks prior to scheduled surgery.
- Rose (rosa centifolia) has been used in baths for a soothing perfumed effect for centuries. In skin care, rose helps to replenish and soften. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness or swelling, while mild antibacterial benefits cleanse and tone. High in vitamin C, rose petals are thus antioxidant and can help prevent cellular damage.
- Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) contains the phenolic anti-oxidant rosmarinic acid, as well other valuable compound that offer rubefacient (counterirritant), anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties. It delivers a deep clean that manages excessive oil. Aromatherapically, it stimulates without being overly energetic making it helpful for focus and concentration. Rosemary should be used with caution during pregnancy, by those with kidney issues, and neurological conditions such as epilepsy.
Step 2: Choose up to two essential oils. If you prefer to include only one essential oil, please select the same oil twice; choose "none" if you prefer your herbal bath oil without any essential oils added at all.
- Cedarwood (juniperus virginiana): soothes the senses and helps prevent the growth of fungus
- Grapefruit (citrus paradisi): antidepressant, disinfectant, lymphatic stimulant. It may cause photosensitization, so avoid applying before going out into sunlight for prolonged periods
- Lavender (lavandula angustifolia): soothing, anti-depressant, sedative (Avoid use before surgery)
- Orange (citrus sinensis): antiseptic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, sedative. It may cause photosensitization, so avoid applying before going out into sunlight for prolonged periods
- Patchouli (pogostemon cablin): antidepressant, aphrodisiac, sedative
- Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis): antidepressant, astringent, stimulant; beneficial to oily and acne prone skin, restores glow to dull skin (not safe for use by those prone to epileptic seizure)
- Ylang ylang (rananga odorata): anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, moisturizing, sedative (Excessive use may cause headache)
- None: a bath oil without essential oils is an ideal option for use during pregnancy/nursing, or in the case of sensitivity/allergy to essential oils
prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil) + dried botanicals and essential oils as selected using the drop down menu above. Please note that these custom products will not be labelled with a list of ingredients.
Shake before use, and pour into bath as desired.
Each glass bottle is 235 ml / 8 fl oz and can be used for between 4 - 6 baths, as desired.