If you’re like most people you’re feeling the affects of Old Man Winter by now, dry skin, chapped lips, itchiness, praying for warmer weather and sunshine. Lotion seems like a go-to for relief but have you tried a milk bath? A what?!? Yes, you read that right, a milk bath. People have been dunking themselves in milk way longer than those oh-so addicting and beloved black and white cookies.
But how does one take a “milk bath” you ask? Well, I can tell you it’s not filling your bathtub full of milk.It absolutely can be if you want but (if you have a bathtub available) why freeze and make a mess when you can relax in a warm nourishing bath that smells great and will leave you feeling like Cleopatra. Whip up this quick and easy recipe, draw a bath and give your skin the luxurious refresh it deserves.
Quick & Easy Milk Bath
You'll need the following:
• At least 2 cups of powdered milk. Coconut or almond varieties are great options.
• 1/2 cup corn starch
• 1/2 cup baking soda
• Essential oil of choice. We chose lavender for its relaxing sleepy qualities
• Measuring cups
• An airtight container
Optional: Epsom salt | Honey | Fresh herb sprigs (such as rosemary, mint or lavender)
This is so simple you can mix all the ingredients together directly in the airtight container. Easy peasy. Measure out 2 cups of powdered milk, 1/2 cup of both corn starch and baking soda, pour all 3 into the container.
Add 5-10 drops of good quality Lavender essential oil or your preferred oil. (Note: not all essential oils are great for baths, I highly recommend avoiding spicy oils, like peppermint, ginger and cinnamon just to name a few. More on essential oils here.)
Once you have the dry ingredients and oil in the jar try adding some fresh herbs. For this milk bath mix I added some rosemary from my herb garden. Next, channel your childhood memories of Shake 'N Bake or rolling Monopoly dice and shake the jar for about 10-15 seconds.
And there you have it, your very own jar of homemade milk bath. Or give it as a gift, add a scoop for convenience, along with a decorative ribbon and chalkboard label, voila, made with love just in time for Valentine's Day.
Relax and enjoy.