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7 Exfoliating Bath Recipes | Essential Homestead

Everyone’s skin needs a good exfoliation from time to time.  Here’s 7 exfoliating bath recipes!

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1. Essential Oil Exfoliating Bath

  • 3 drops Cypress essential oil 
  • 3 drops Lemon eo
  • 1 drop Grapefruit eo
  • 1 drop Lavender eo

Before bathing dry brush with a loofah.  It sloughs off dead skin cells and increases circulation. Massage towards the direction of the heart.

2. Milk and Honey Exfoliating Bath
Milk and honey is a fantastic way to soften the skin.  The lactic acid in the milk exfoliates while the honey softens and moisturizes.  
The key is to use full-fat milk (or powdered milk) and pure honey. Full-fat milk will not only exfoliate the skin, but it will also moisturize.
How to take a milk and honey bath: Pour 1-2 cups of milk (or 1/2 c. full-fat powdered milk) and 1/2 c. honey under running, warm water. Swish around to mix, and hop in. Repeat as necessary.
For full effect, brush your skin lightly and in circular motions with a dry brush or a washcloth before getting in the bathtub.
3. Epsom Salts and Magnesium
Scientists have proven that your body actually soaks up the magnesium in epsom salts when you bathe in it. So taking a bath in them is akin to getting a good dose of magnesium.
Enjoy the benefits of a magnesium bath detoxifying pain reliever.  A soothing magnesium salt bath quickly relaxes muscles and relieves stress.
Soaking in magnesium or epsom salt has been shown to markedly improve skin hydration, speed wound healing, enhance skin barrier function, and decrease inflammation.  The skin is also able to excrete toxins and waste products via bathing, which lightens the load on the kidney and liver.
(For the record, any time I ever actually take a bath, epsom salts are ALWAYS involved. Usually, I will add several drops of essential oil, too.)
How to take an epsom salt bath: Add 1-1/2 to 2 cups epsom salt to your running bathwater. If desired, before adding the salt to your bath, drop in 4-6 drops of your favorite essential oil to the epsom salts. Stir well, and then add to the bathwater.  Remember, to choose mild essential oils like lavender, chamomile, rosemary or marjoram for example.  You don’t want to burn your tush with hot essential oils.
4. Oatmeal Exfoliating Bath
 Oatmeal baths can:

  1. Soften and moisturize the skin
  2. Reduce inflammation
  3. Reduce the signs of aging
  4. Eliminate acne
  5. Reduce itching

Oatmeal is so mild it can be used on all ages even your pets.  It’s great for a pet with dry skin.

How to take an Oatmeal Bath 

Grid 1 cup rolled oats (not quick oats) with a food processor.  Grind until it becomes a fine powder.  Run luke warm water in the tub.  Hot water can make the skin dry.  There are 2 options:

  1. Spread the oatmeal directly in the tub
  2. Place the oatmeal in a cheese clothe sack then put it in the tub

If you don’t want the mess of putting the oatmeal directly in the tub then use the cheese clothe method.  Squeeze the pouch occasionally.  Also add a few drops of essential oil that is good for the skin such as:  Lavender, Geranium, or Chamomile.
Oatmeal baths have been so helpful for my kids when they had dry, itchy skin.  My daughter also suffered from hives last year. Oatmeal and essential oils were a big help! Give it a try!
5. Herbal Exfoliating Bath
You don’t need to run out to the store for dried herbs to take a relaxing herbal bath. You already have perfect options in your kitchen cabinet right now:

  • Lavender Blossoms: cleansing and relaxing inducing a sense of calm.
  • Rose Petals & Buds: calm and soothe the heart while relieving inflammation and toning the skin.
  • Chamomile Flowers: gently eases the nerves and soothes the skin, great for kids.
  • Calendula Flowers: very skin-soothing and even promotes cell repair making it a great healing herb in the bath.
  • Elder Flowers: relieve inflammation while toning and cleansing the skin
  • Lemon Balm Leaf: calming and helps to induce sleep as well as relieve nervous agitation.

How to take an herbal bath: fill a cloth, muslin bag or even a sock with your herbal mixture.  Close the top and toss your herb bundle into a tub filled with the hottest water you have.  Walk away for a while and give your bath time to cool down to a comfortable temperature.  When you come back your bath will have infused right in the tub!  This is a great method for making prepacked baths to have next to your tub or even to give away as gifts. 
6. Sea Salt Exfoliating Bath
Coarse sea salt is a great exfoliator for the areas where your skin is the roughest – like your elbows, heels, and knees. Cut a lemon in half, cover it with a layer of sea salt, and rub these areas until they’re as smooth as can be!
7. Exfoliating Face Scrub
Coffee grounds are another great option as an exfoliator. A coffee scrub will help to eliminate dead skin while working with your body’s natural renewal process to produce new skin cells, which creates the glowing effect everyone wants.
3 tbsp coffee grounds (new, if possible)
1 tbsp natural oil of your choice: olive, grape seed, coconut, or almond
1 tbsp brown sugar
Mix all dry ingredients, then add oil. Based on the kind of scrub consistency you want, add more or less brown sugar. Massage onto your face in gentle, circular motions, then rinse with warm water.

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