XOCHI BALFOUR’S SKIN SOFTENING LAVENDER AND OAT BATH SOAK

For me, bath time is more than just getting clean. Its my most treasured ritual -providing the terrain for such deep relaxation for the whole body and the mind as well. Surrendering our weight to the warm water, its the perfect ground for meditation and renewal; from essential oils and and powders to epsom salts and warming scrubs, it is my place to be reborn each day. I recently discovered the wondering potential of blending up flowers into powders and this softening herbal soak is one of the easiest and most delicious smelling recipes I have made in a while. 

Combining the floral fragrances of wild chamomile, relaxing lavender and heart opening rose with mineral rich salt, softening bicarbonate of soda and soothing oats, it is a tonic for both skin and soul, and particularly helpful where dry skin conditions are concerned.  Avenanthramides, the healing compounds in oats, help soothe irritation and inflammation and are a lovely natural aid for eczema and related imbalances. Meanwhile soothing mucilaginous chamomile provides anti-inflammatory protection and relief and calms the nervous system. 

Whatever your ritual, in a busy modern world we need time to surrender our bodies and calm our minds. Using bath time for this is a magical ritual in my view, it is never indulgent to soak and wallow – it is responsible: you will emerge renewed, refreshed and fortified, ready for whatever the night or day throws at you. 

Soak it all up. 

Ingredients:makes one small jar 

2tbsp Chamomile 
8-10 Sprigs of Dry Lavender 
2 tbsp Oats
1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1tsp pink or sea salt

Use a high speed or handheld blender to pulverise all the ingredients until they form a fine powder. Transfer to a sterilised jar and store in a cool dry place. To use, add 1-2 teaspoons to your bath and soak for ten to twenty minutes, inhaling the aromas and allowing your body to relax as you exhale.


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