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Lavender and Honey Bath Milk

Bath milks are a nice change from your typical bath salts.  They're just as easy and inexpensive to make, but have an old-fashioned feel to them.

Milk and honey are both incredible for the skin, and have been used to care for the skin for centuries.  It's reported that Cleopatra used to bathe in milk and honey, and she was renowned for her beauty.  Milk contains lactic acid and proteins that help soften the skin and leave it feeling super smooth.

And honey... well, it does just about everything!  It's soothing, smoothing, softening, cleansing, healing, hydrating -- the list goes on and on. 

This Lavender and Honey Bath Milk is one of my favorite bath milk recipes.  It smells so good and is so soothing.  Just what you need to relax.

And since we're using powdered milk and honey, it will last on your bathroom shelf for months.  Packaged up in a mason jar, tied with a ribbon and a wooded scoop, it makes an adorable gift.  (It's all about the scoop, I tell you!)

If you have a large health food store in your area, you should have no trouble finding the ingredients for this recipe.  Otherwise, you can find the ingredients online.  (I love Mountain Rose Herbs and From Nature with Love.)

Lavender and Honey Bath Milk
3/4 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup honey powder
10-20 drops lavender essential oil (depending on how strong you'd like your fragrance.  Experiment and see what you like.)
1 tablespoon dried lavender buds (optional)

Place the powdered milk and honey powder into a blender.  Blend briefly.  Add the lavender essential oil, drop by drop, into the milk and honey mixture.  Blend for at least 30 seconds, to make sure the essential oil is thoroughly mixed into the bath milk.  There shouldn't be any clumps.

(Something like the Magic Bullet works great for recipes like this.  We got one for Christmas a few years back and it's fabulous for making all sorts of skin care concoctions!  Highly recommended!)

If you don't have a blender, you can also mix by hand.  It's easiest to use a fork, so you can crush any clumps.  Whisk quickly and thoroughly while adding the essential oil.

Pour the milk and honey mixture into a bowl and stir in the lavender buds.  Remember, though, that these buds will be floating in your bathtub.  I think it looks pretty, but if the thought of sharing your bath water
with dried herbs doesn't sound appealing, you can leave them out.

To use:  Add about 1/4 cup bath milk to running bath water.  Soak for at least 20 minutes.

Yield: About 4 baths

This bath milk will last on your bathroom shelf for 6-8 months. 


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