Pamper yourself… just a little every day.
At the end of a long day of childcare, take time to relax with one of these bath-soak recipes!

Peace of Mind Bath Salts Recipe
Ingredients
• 2 cup fine grain sea salt
• 3 tbsp dendritic salt (very fine-grained salt)
• ½ teaspoon Rosemary essential oil
• ½ teaspoon Geranium essential oil
• ¼ teaspoon Orange essential oil
• 1/8 teaspoon Spearmint essential oil
Instructions
1. Add the Rosemary, geranium, Orange, Spearmint essential oil to the dendritic salt, Blend well until the aromatic oil is absorbed by the dendritic salt. Use a large bowl to mix it.
2. Add the sea salt and blend it well until the scent is distributed evenly throughout the recipe
3. Your bath salts are done and ready for packaging
Note : Use a stainless steel bowl or glass mixing bowl to blend the ingredient. You might also try this with Epsom salts instead of the dendritic and sea salt.

Lavender- Honey Milk Bath
Ingredients
• 3 T dried Lavender flowers*
• 1 1/2 cups whole milk, cream, or combination
• 1/3 cup Honey
Instructions
1. Process lavender flowers in a blender until they become a powder, turning off the blender and scraping down the sides as necessary.
2. Whisk together lavender powder, milk and honey in a glass bowl, then pour into a jar. Before each use, shake the jar and pour half of the mixture into the bath.
3. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes enough for 2 baths.

*Dried lavender flowers can be found in the spice section of gourmet and specialty stores.

Tub Time Tea
Ingredients
• 1 pkg of your favorite tea (green tea is a great healthy choice)
• 1-2 Tbsp granulated sugar
• 1 Tbsp honey
• 1 shot of amaretto (or to taste)
• 1 whole cinnamon stick
• Cubed ice
• Fresh mint for garnish
Instructions
1. Prepare warm tea as instructed on package and pour into large tea cup.
2. Add sugar and honey.
3. Add ice to tea and add desired amount of amaretto.
4. Place mint on top and use the cinnamon as a stir stick.

Notes: This is a refreshing hot and cold tea to make on stressful days and enjoyed in the “Tub” with lots of bubbles.

Simple Foot Massage
You will need a sock and about 100 marbles.
Instructions
1. Tie a knot in the end that your toes go into.
2. Add the marbles in the other end.
3. Tie another knot in that end as well.
4. Run your foot back and forth over the ‘marble-d’ sock … ahhhhh

Bath Bomb
Ingredients
• 1 cup baking soda
• 1/2 cup citric acid, anything acidic can damage some countertops, especially marble so be careful!
• 1/2 cup Epsom salt
• 1/2 cup cornstarch
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted/warm
• 1 teaspoon water, do not use more than this!
• 10 drops your favorite essential oil
Instructions
1. In a large bowl whisk together the baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, cornstarch
2. In a separate small bowl combine the melted coconut oil, water and essential oils.
3. While continuously whisking, very slowly drizzle the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined. The outcome should be similar to a dry, crumbly sand and should not be a “wet” consistency. Warning: If mixture gets too wet it will activate the fizzy part of the bath bomb too soon!
4. Use a mold that makes a ball. TIGHTLY pack the mixture into each side of the mold then press the two sides together. Ideally let it stay in the mold overnight, then lightly tap around the mold with a spoon to very carefully open and remove bath bomb. Finished product will still be somewhat fragile, so be careful!

More relaxing soaking recipes available at https://www.muminthemadhouse.com/20-relaxing-diy-bath-soaks/

Shower Steamers
From https://dontmesswithmama.com/diy-aromatherapy-shower-steamers/

Don’t have time for a long, leisurely bath? Try a relaxing shower using Shower Steamers. DIY Aromatherapy shower steamers are the perfect way to have a relaxing shower when there’s no time for a bath.

Ingredients
• 2 cups baking soda
• 1/2 cup of water
• 5 your favorite essential oil
• Silicone molds or cupcake tins
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180°C).
2. In a bowl, combine the baking soda, essential oils, and water. Mix them into a paste.
3. Spoon the paste into the silicone molds, press the mixture in, and smooth the tops off with your fingers.
4. Place the pan in the oven and bake the cubes for 20 minutes at 350° F.
5. Remove the tray from the oven and allow the cubes to cool completely. The tablets will continue to dry as they cool.
6. When using shower steamers, place in corner of shower away from water spray; trickle a small amount of water on the disc to release the scent.

Along with your shower steamer, you can make shower time a bit more special with some of these ideas:
1. Play some soft, relaxing music.
2. Turn down the lights and light some candles instead.
3. Try hanging some lavender from the shower head.
4. Try adding some live plants.
5. Get out your fanciest towels!
6. Consider transferring your bath products to pretty plastic containers.

Reprint from ELS Winter 2020 Newsletter https://mailchi.mp/e42e581b0fb7/35fnjzmlma