Recipe Tip: Natural Baby Baths

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Natural Baby Baths

Recipe Tip: Natural Baby Baths

Babies love bath time. Bathing relaxes them and soothes minor skin irritation, especially in the diaper area. You can keep them happy by quickly creating a baby herbal bath blend or bath oil using just a few basic ingredients.

A word of precaution

Please note that any essential oil may pose the threat of irritation to your baby’s skin. Always perform a patch test if you are concerned about allergic reactions, especially if you have a family history of skin allergies. Dilute a drop of the essential oil in two tablespoons of virgin olive oil and apply a dot on the back of your baby’s arm (the oil won’t end up in her mouth). Leave the oil on overnight and check for any signs of redness in the morning. If no reaction occurs, the oil is likely to be well-tolerated. If you see any redness, do not use the oil on your baby. You may use the scented batch of oil to massage your skin, though! Always use half the amount of essential oil that you would use in an adult product.

Although many baby products are formulated with lavender, I prefer to err on the side of caution with this aromatic herb. Suspected endocrine-disrupting abilities of lavender are currently researched. However, lavender has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, and its ability to promote sleep is well-proven. Remember, it’s easy to go overboard with lavender. When employed in excessive amounts, this fragrant flower can stimulate instead of improving sleep.

Skin-Clearing Herbal Bath

Ingredients (Yield: 4 ounces)

  • 4 cups of purified water
  • ½ cup dried birch leaves
  • ½ cup marigold flowers
  • ½ cup dried sage leaves

This is a traditional Russian recipe that we used to soothe redness and mild rash in our baby when she was one week old.

Preparation:

  • Boil all ingredients for fifteen minutes in 4 cups of purified water.
  • Strain and discard the herbs and flowers.
  • Use two cups for one bath and store the remaining two cups of the infusion in the refrigerator. It must be used within two days.

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Soothing Milk Bath

Ingredients (Yield: 4 ounces)

  • 7/8 cup organic milk powder
  • 5 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops rose essential oil

Preparation:

  • Mix the essential oils with three tablespoons of milk powder and blend thoroughly so that the oil completely disappears into the powder. Mix this in with the remaining milk powder.
  • To use, dissolve two to three tablespoons in a warm bath. Let your baby relax in the milky water for ten minutes.

Baby Oatmeal Bath Pouches

Ingredients (Yield: 4 ounces)

  • 2 cups organic oatmeal
  • 2 cups organic milk powder
  • ½ cup organic lavender flowers
  • ½ cup dried calendula or chamomile flowers
  • 2 drops chamomile essential oil

Preparation:

You can use muslin or pieces of organic cotton to make reusable bath pouches. Cut 4-inch by 8-inch fabric rectangles and sew three sides together. Use fabric ribbons to tie the top. This recipe makes enough for twenty bags.

Blend all the ingredients thoroughly and fill the prepared pouches. To use, immerse one pouch in the bathwater and rub it over the baby’s skin like a washcloth.

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