You can make your own homemade version of bath salts, bath milk, herbal soaks and more. This page contains homemade spa bath recipes.
Did you know that besides ancient therapeutic ingestion of ginger (also known as gingerroot) being used for assorted ailments such as arthritis, bronchitis, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, indigestion, and sinusitis, ginger is also therapeutic to use externally? Here's a really nice mild, yet invigorating, mixture enough for one soak in the bathtub that serves as a wonderful circulation stimulant. Oh, and the baking soda as an ingredient aids in detox of the body too!
By Deeli from Richland, WA
Sounds awesome! Will be trying this! Thank you!
Now I'm trying to figure out how to get myself in and out of the tub so I can try this!
Makes 10 beads.
Take a teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball, with your hands. Keep rolling and working with the dough until it is shiny with oil all over it. Repeat until all of the dough has been shaped. Place the balls on waxed paper or foil and let air dry for 24 hours. You can leave in ball shape or press designs in them. This makes a handful of fragrant bath beads. When one or two dissolve in warm bath water, they release skin-softening milk and oil, and the scent of roses.
By JodiT from Aurora, CO
Borax can be toxic in high doses. It needs to be kept away from animals and children. It can be used to keep pests away, such as ants. It can be used as a bleaching agent. When it is mined it can become contaminated with arsenic. So is best left out of recipes which come in contact with skin.
Thank you, Berrybee! I was concerned about the Borax, too. I wonder if there is a safe substitute for it, that would work with this recipe? I do like the idea of homemade bath oil beads, but would like to avoid the Borax.
I use a silicone ice cube mold to form my fizzies. I made some with a heart shape, rose fragrance oil and put them in a cellophane bag tied with a red ribbon for my grandson's pre-K teacher. He helped pack the cavities, he was so proud and Mrs. Cole was very happy!
Combine all ingredients in a blender until mixed. Keep in a glass jar with a lid. Add 1/2 cup to hot bath water.
Directions for use: Pour 1/4 of the buttermilk bath powder in tub as you add hot water .
(makes 1/2 cup, enough for 2 baths)
Directions for use: Add 1/cup of mixture to hot bath water
(makes 2 cups, enough for 4 baths)
Store in a large zip-lock bag
Directions for use: Use about 1/3 cup per bath
Directions for use: Use 1/4 cup per bath, add to running hot water.
This scrub acts as a cleanser, scrub and moisturizer all in one.
Directions for use: Use this in the shower on dry skin(otherwise the salt melts instead of scrubs). Rub and scrub anywhere you need to exfoliate and moisturize. Bath Bombs
These are fragile so carefully package each bomb in its own cellophane bag or in a closed container to keep fresh.
Directions for use: To use, drop one bomb into warm bath water to release fragrance and oils. A little bit of heaven right in your bath tub!
By Mythi from Silverdale WA
I definitely plan to try the vinegar hair rinse. Thanks for sharing and God bless you!
What's the difference between extract and oil?
What's the difference between carrier oils and essential oils?
I'd like to add scent to this but am confused by all the descriptions.
Does anyone have a homemade recipe for paraffin baths using canning jar paraffin? My therapist and my orthopedist are adamant that I need to use paraffin heat treatment for an injury incurred when a careless driver T-boned my car recently. I do have a bath but I need more paraffin and it would need to be special ordered since I can't find a local source.
Jeanne from Florida
When I was taking some therapy and they ran out, they added mineral oil to some paraffin wax (sold in blocks). I do not know exact measurements but just experiment with a little of each until it feels right.
Once you have done the paraffin bath wrap plastic /plastic bag around and then a towel to keep the heat in . Hope this helps. Crystal
Thank you. From what I have been able to find out, the usual recipe is 1/4 cup of mineral oil to 1 pound of paraffin. I made that up in the bath I had aquired, added a few drops of rose essential oil from my craft stores and have been using it quite successfully. I had learned about the plastic and towel wrap through the material that mckaysatt sent the links for. Altogether the therapist was quite pleased with my report back to her. I am so grateful for the help.
Instead of using mineral oil in the bath beads, can I use baby oil?
If you don't mind smelling like baby oil. It's the same thing except for the perfume.
Mix all the ingredients but the oils together into a glass bowl. Drop the oils in and work it together with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Pour into a container.
This is a recipe for making homemade bath milk.
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl before transferring to a decorative bottle. Attach a gift tag with these directions: "Oatmeal Milk Bath" Add a generous amount to warm water running bath water. Soak, relax and enjoy.
By Jan from Suring, WI
Oooo, I love this. It's so great for dry, itching skin. (03/02/2007)
sounds great! Could make for gifts!! Thanks for sharing!! (04/21/2007)
I did this for my child with eczema, it work to calm the itching. Probably would work for other skin ailments, also. Thanks for recipe. (01/26/2010)
This scented bath milk would make a great gift.
Mix milk powder and rose petals together and place them in a pretty wide-necked glass bottle or jar. Add the essential oil and shake well. Insert a scoop for measuring and put lid on bottle or jar. As an added extra, you can sew a beautiful fabric flower onto a hair elastic and place this around the neck of the bottle or jar for tying up long hair before stepping into the bath. Use approximately 50 grams of bath milk per bath (a palmful, or about 1/2 cup)
Milk is a wonderful skin softener and the essential oil is very relaxing.
By Lynette B from Johannesburg, South Africa
I like to know if milk powder will not clog the pores. (12/25/2009)
Mix all the ingredients well then pour it into the CLEAN milk bottle. You may want to paint over any text on the bottle with white paint and just simply write Milk on it. The containers to use are the Old Glass Pint Milk Bottles. Then attach a new paper label to the bottle describing how to use it. The instructions should read:
Add 1/2 cup of mixture to hot bath water.
* Never recycle containers of any type that have contained chemicals as residue may be left behind even after cleaning.
* Always sterilize containers and bottles that will contain beauty or bath products.
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Great idea, I'm getting right on it. Thank you
Here's a milk bath recipe that will smooth and moisturize your skin. It's a spa treatment at home.
Thoroughly mix together the above ingredients. Store in airtight container up to 2 weeks in refrigerator. Add a few tablespoons to your bath water.
Optional: You can add dry flowers to mixture and/or food coloring