Soak Away Your Sniffles

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Back in January, I posted a Milk Bath DIY project with rose petals. Today, I'm going to make a variation on that recipe, but with essential oils to provide you with the aromatherapy benefits to help alleviate cold symptoms naturally.

Shown in my milk bath in rose. This will be similar in appearance, but with mint leaves instead of rose petals.


It's time for DIY Wednesday! I have another all new DIY facial skin care project coming tomorrow, as well.
Today, we're going to indulge in a soothing bath treatment to help you with cold symptoms.
When I'm in need of some R & R, I like to enjoy a milk bath. My favorite when I am feeling under the weather with a cold, congestion, or flu-like symptoms is my "decongestant" milk bath, which can be made in a large jar and refrigerated, or in small jars for one treatment. You can use mason jars, canning jars, or any clean and dry jar. Rinse out those plastics and feel free to reuse it to make this as well.
Why a milk bath? Milk contains lactic acid, a form of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It helps to gently exfoliate the skin, and milk will also soften and nourish.
I like to use aromatherapy as much as I can to treat symptoms of stress and illness. It is being used more and more by alternative health practitioners to treat stress when used as a complementary therapy with traditional Western medicine. Of course, I believe in going to the doctor regular and in vaccinations to prevent illness, but I take a holistic approach along with traditional medicine.
This will fill a 4 ounce jar:
Start with 1/4 cup of goat's milk (you can buy Meyenberg Goat's Milk in many grocery stores or natural food grocery stores right in the refrigerated section. I really prefer the fresh version as opposed to powder. Powdered goat's milk doesn't work as well, in my opinion, as the fresh.
You can also use organic whole milk or buttermilk.
I then use 1/8 cup of steeped peppermint or chamomile tea. You can skip this and just use milk if you don't have any handy.
Then add in some fresh or dried peppermint. I use enough to fill a teaspoon. You can use more or less.
Add in about 15 drops of peppermint essential oil, 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, and 10 drops of lemon essential oil. All are available at Mountain Rose Herbs or at your local natural foods store. Locally, Wegmans even has most of these in the Nature's Marketplace section.
Gently mix these with a wooden spoon and pour into your jar. You will most likely have room to add more milk before you put the top on.
I let this steep for a few hours. I then pour it under running hot water in the tub & light a couple of candles to soak away my cold symptoms.
This blend will store in the fridge for a couple days.

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