A few weeks ago I ran across this blog post about making your own bath fizzies (or bath bombs) on The Coterie Blog. I loved her idea for using essential oils (like eucalyptus) in the bath bombs and dropping them in the tub to help sick kiddos feel better.
But being the selfish person that I am…the first thing that came to my mind was….WHAT ABOUT MOMMY? All you Mom’s know what I’m talking about…when your kiddos are sick, YOU are STRESSED!
Well, instead of adding eucalyptus essential oil, substitute LAVENDER, which is known for its ability to help calm stress and anxiety and to help promote sleep. Then both Mommy AND kiddos will be feeling better. :-)
So these bombs are for you Mom!
Bath Bombs For Stressed Moms
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup corn starch
Mix dry ingredients together until completely combined and smooth. (I ground up oats in my blender and added about 1/4 cup of that too. It gives the bombs a cool textured look AND it’s good for your skin as well.)
- 2 1/2 Tbsp sunflower or other light oil (almond oil would be good too.)
- 3/4 Tbsp water
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Lavender essential oil (depending on how strong your oil is)
- 1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil (optional, but recommended – an antioxidant which preserves the oils)
- 1/4 teaspoon borax (an emulsifier)
- witch hazel in a spray bottle (it doesn’t come in a spray bottle, you will have to put it in one)
- vegetable or other natural colorant (I didn’t feel like messing with color, so I left them white)
Whisk all of the wet ingredients and Borax together in a large bowl.
Drizzle slowly onto the dry ingredients and blend thoroughly.
Mix with your hands until all of the ingredients are combined.
Lightly spray the mixture 2-3 times with witch hazel.
The mixture should just start to hold together when pressed in your hand, like slightly moist fine sand. If it’s not sticking together, spray a little more witch hazel.
Pack TIGHTLY into molds. I ordered these fun ones off of Amazon.com, but you could use anything really. Even a small (1/4 cup) measuring cup.
Let the bath bombs dry and harden overnight before you pick them up. I got a little impatient (who, ME?) and tried to take them out of the molds a few hours later and they would not cooperate. In the morning, however, the ones I hadn’t messed with were hard as a rock. Silly me. No worries though, the crumbly stuff works just as well in the bath. :-)
This recipe made about 16 bath bombs that were 1-5/8″ inches in diameter. Can’t wait to make some more!