After experiencing my first-ever “spa day” this week…I have “pampering” on my mind. When I first met my masseuse, Elan, she offered me the choice of 6 different aromatherapy oils for use during my massage. I chose the Oolong Tea scent and it was SO wonderful that I ended up buying a bottle of it at an incredibly high price, but it was my anniversary, so I splurged. :-)
When I got home, however, I decided to try my hand at making some of my own aromatherapy recipes, just to prove there’s really no need to spend a fortune on “spa” products, when you can make your own with a few simple ingredients at home.
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This recipe for Lavender Aromatherapy Bubble Bath is the perfect example. While you can really use any scent or combination of scents you prefer, since I’m a huge fan of lavender, and since it is known for its calming and relaxing qualities, I’m sticking with the lavender. (In clinical studies, lavender was incredibly effective at relaxing brain waves, reducing stress and relieving migraines. It actually reduced computer errors when used to scent an office!)
Lavender Aromatherapy Bubble Bath
- 1 cup mild shampoo or dish soap (think baby shampoo or Dove dishwashing liquid)
- 1/3 cup Liquid Glycerin – Glycerin is an humectant that attracts water molecules helping to keep your skin moisturized. It also aids in the formation of bubbles. You can usually purchase at your local drug store.
- 2 Tablespoons of Water
- 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (or other oil of your choice)
Mix together the shampoo, glycerin, and water. If desired, add 10 – 25 drops of essential oil you desire, and mix again. Pour mixture into a bottle or jar that can close tightly. Before use….shake well to mix, then pour into the tub while the water is running.
Making your own aromatherapy recipes is a great way to “pamper” yourself using natural ingredients without harmful chemicals and fillers and without the hefty price tag.