Dissolve Stress With an Invigorating Garden Bath Bomb

Toss a nourishing bath bomb in the tub and bask in soothing aromas from essential oils to rejuvenate the mind and body, as well as alleviate stress.

| August 2018

  • homemade bath bomb
    Pamper yourself with a homemade bath bomb and watch your stress go right down the drain.
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  • homemade bath bomb
    Customize these fizzy bath bombs with your favorite essential oils to find peace of mind with your favorite scents.
    Photo by AdobeStock/Alex
  • Natural Beauty from the Garden cover
    “Natural Beauty from the Garden” by Janice Cox presents over 200 recipes for home beauty treatments. Readers can treat themselves to delicious ideas for stress reduction and gift giving using natural beauty aids from the garden.
    Cover courtesy Ogden Publications

  • homemade bath bomb
  • homemade bath bomb
  • Natural Beauty from the Garden cover

In Natural Beauty from the Garden, Janice Cox reveals over 200 brand-new recipes for home beauty treatments that make use of common flowers, plants, herbs, grasses and trees. With simple step-by-step instructions, readers can throw together their own natural products for skin care, hair care and stress relief for their own use or as great gift ideas. The following excerpt is from Chapter 9, "Bath Products."

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Natural Beauty from the Garden.

The other day I had one of those nonstop, super-busy days. I'm sure you know the kind in which every project and family member needs your attention and there just doesn't seem to be enough time for a moment to yourself. Usually on a day like this, I go out in the garden and do some weeding, just to clearmy mind and give myself a moment of peace. But in this particular instance, I didn't even have time for that. So, at the end of the day, when I did have a moment to myself, I took some of my own advice: I took a bath! Not the basic get in, get clean, and get out type of bath, but an indulgent, luxurious, spa-style bath. I lit candles, made a cup of my favorite herbal tea, filled the tub with warm water and dropped in a fragrant lavender bath bomb. I slipped into the fragrant waters and read a good book. After a good soak, my crazy day and all its stress went right down the drain with the bathwater. I emerged renewed, calm, and ready for a good night's sleep. A bath, something so simple to do, is overlooked as the stress-relieving rejuvenator that it is. I recently read that successful people love taking baths. Many of them take what are called "power baths" (soaking quickly for 10-15 minutes in warm water filled with energizing scents). These quick baths are better than a cup of coffee to start the day.

People have used water for centuries to heal, cleanse, and relax the body. Hydrotherapy is an ancient health practice. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, praised the use of water and its benefits. Famous women and figures of legend such as Venus, Marie Antoinette, Mary Queen of Scots, and Cleopatra all attributed their great beauty to bathing rituals. Roman men solved problems and discussed current affairs in their communal baths. Is it any surprise that legendary idea man Ben Franklin is responsible for importing the first formal bathtub to America from France? It was made of copper and had a small furnace under it for heating the water. This was historic, as it enabled bathing to become private, not in the kitchen, where the water was traditionally heated.

I remember my grandmother having these fizzing bath tablets that I loved to use when I would visit her house. Well, it turns out what she was using is now what we all have come to use and love as a "Bath Bomb," only smaller in size. Today, you can find bath bombs in all shapes and sizes, and some can be quite expensive. They are super simple to make yourself at home and fun to share.

Citric acid is the key ingredient that produces the bubbly effect. When the bombs are dropped in a tub of water, the baking soda and citric acid combine, creating a chemical reaction that releases carbon dioxide, i.e. fizzing bubbles! Citric acid powder is used in canning and bread making. You may find it in some food specialty shops and in some grocery stores. Consider these conscious companies when shopping for herbal ingredients. These ingredients can also be ordered online. Read more about sustainably sourced essential oils here.



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