Georgia isn’t exactly known for it’s cold winters and dry air but the minute that heat comes on in the fall, I start battling dry skin. It’s a good thing I don’t live in Minnesota or my skin would seriously resemble alligator scales by the time spring rolled around again! I have decided that the best way to treat dry skin is to moisturize it multiple times a day. Once is NOT enough, at least for me. That means morning lotion and evening lotion and hand lotion about 15 times a day. I get sick of lotion, to be quite honest! Well, there is another easy way to moisturize your skin and that is with things you put in your bathtub water. Bath bombs (especially ones that contain oatmeal, essential oils, and Vitamin E like these do) are a fun way to moisturize your skin while you soak away the stress of the day You can also use dried oatmeal in bathtub teabags to help moisturize skin. !
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I chose to add lavender flowers and lavender essential oil to these oatmeal bath bombs since I am always looking for natural ways to get a good night sleep. Lavender is very relaxing and perfect for an evening bath. If you prefer other scents, these bath bombs are very flexible. Try dried rose petals and rose essential oil. Or maybe you are fighting a cold and need a bit of decongesting? Add in dried eucalyptus and some eucalyptus essential oil. The possibilities are endless! These bath bombs also make a great gift. Just tuck them into a mason jar tied with some pretty ribbon and you have yourself an inexpensive homemade gift for a new mom, stressed out mom, or whoever else might need soft skin and a good night sleep!
It takes only minutes to make these bath bombs in a food processor. I pressed them into a mini muffin tin that was lined with mini muffin cups. You could use silicone molds if you had those available as well. Heart shaped ones with rose petals might make a nice Valentine’s Day project! To use these bath bombs, just peel off the paper and crumble them in your hand under warm, running bath water. They break up almost immediately and your skin is left soft and smooth after your bath.
Lavender Oatmeal Bath Bombs
- 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 Cup Oatmeal
- 2 Tbsp Citric Acid
- 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
- 2 TBSP dried lavender flowers
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil
- 2 tsp Vitamin E oil
- 1 Tbsp Water
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Combine the oatmeal and the dried lavender flowers in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground
- Add remaining ingredients and pulse until mixture holds together. Add more olive oil if mixture seems too dry. You want it damp but not wet. Too much liquid and it will take forever to dry.
- Press mixture into desired molds.
- Let harden
- Use one bath bomb in tub of warm water
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 15109mgCarbohydrates: 33gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.