I love this herbal bath blend. It’s similar to what I used for my son when he was a baby, only new and improved. He’s now 9, and this still works like a charm for a nice calming bath blend before bed! A little chamomile tea with honey + this herbal bath = sleepy, calm child.❤ Even I enjoy bathing in this blend. (So really, it’s not just for babies!)
This gentle mix is soothing to little skin. Oatmeal is great for moisturizing and nourishing skin as well as relieving dry skin issues.
I’ve combined Chamomile which is good for relieving skin irritations, softening skin, and helping your littles sleep soundly and peacefully through the night. Lavender which releases a subtle therapeutic aroma helping calm baby and relax them before bedtime. & Calendula which is amazing for so many healing purposes and any skin issues. (You can also see our posts Calendula Tea, Poultice + Salve for all the amazing benefits of Calendula. – I am also working on a herbal spotlight)
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Chamomile Flowers
- Lavender Buds
- Calendula Flowers
- Epsom Salts (Optional-detoxing benefits below)
- Baking Soda (Optional – “)
(*Buying Organic ingredients is best*)
Honestly, I never really measure out ingredients too strictly for bath blends. I’d say if you’re filling a ‘ready to go’ mason jar with oatmeal you can add 2-4 tsp of each herb to your jar.+ 1-4 tbs of Epsom Salts + 1-4 tbs baking soda. (alternatively, you can add half and half oatmeal to salts for older kids and parents. There is a great ratio chart linked to below for detox baths) *Just a quick reminder though, if you are putting half salts in the bath, be sure to have a glass or bottle of water (or something to hydrate) near by as even though the salts are very beneficial, they can also dehydrate.
- Blender, coffee grinder, food processor or mortar and pestle for crushing the oatmeal.
- Airtight Mason Jar (Or other such jar)
- Organza Baggies (reusable)
- Stir Stick (I use chop sticks)
(Amazon has all these wonderful tools if you’re buying online)
Start by blending up or crushing the oats, then using a mixing bowl or your jar – add in the rest of the dry ingredients. Stir or shake well until everything is blended together. (a few drops of lavender essential oil is a great option, especially for older kids)
Fill an organza baggie full of your mixture adding in anywhere up to 1/3 cup of the mixture for children. MRH offers the great idea of also using the baggie as a gentle wash cloth. (I wouldn’t recommend adding mixture directly to the water and using a drain screen for this particular blend as some of the oats don’t dissolve and they make a bit of a slippery gloopy mess.)
Soak for 20 or so minutes, relax and let the stresses of the day sooth themselves away.
Follow up with some coconut oil as a moisturizer after they are toweled off.
For those of you adding in Epsom Salts & Baking Soda:
Why Give Your Kids a Detox Bath? – from The Paleo Mama’s Post How to give your kids a detox bath:
- To flush out toxins that have built up in our body. THIS is a great article on how and why we should take detox baths.
- To strengthen our immune system.
- To promote sleep and relaxation.
- Help muscles and nerves function properly. Great for growing kids.
- Helps promote concentration.
Plain Oatmeal & Calendula Baths can be used to help relieve:
- Chicken pox
- Poison ivy, oak and sumac
- Dry skin
- Insect bites
- Diaper Rash
You can see our plain blend here: Oatmeal Calendula Bath Blend.
Here is an excerpt from Mountain Rose Herbs about using their Baby’s bath herbs in your baby’s bath:
This herbal bath blend has a sweet floral aroma that is calming for both infant and parent. Adding herbs to your little one’s bath is a gentle way to absorb the healing properties of these soothing botanicals. These loose bath herbs come with a reusable muslin bag, so you are free to add as much or as little of this aromatic blend to a bath as you wish. The filled bag also makes a gentle washcloth for sensitive skin, or a delightful squishy toy to play with.
Contains: organic Calendula flowers, organic Chamomile flowers, organic Oat tops, organic Lavender flowers, and organic Rose petals.
Mountain Rose Herbs also offers a wonderful selection of items for Babies and Children. You can find the Baby’s Bath Herbs as well as the rest of the collection here. We also wrote a bit about some of their products here in our post ‘Herbal Baby ~ All Natural Product Options for your Littles’.
HAPPY HERBAL BATHING!
Do YOU have any favorite herbal bath blends you use at home?
Epsom salt can act as a laxative if a child swallows the bath water, leading to increased bowel movements. It goes without saying but children should never be left unsupervised while in the bath, and should be monitored to prevent drinking the bath water with Epsom salts.