The healing properties of oatmeal, combined with coconut oil and calendula are amazing for our skin. We’ve included baking soda as well which helps to soften and alkalize the water which is also great for our skin. You can play around with the blend but this particular recipe is great for softening skin and healing any itchy, dry, irritated skin issues.
These would make adorable gifts, all packaged up pretty in a decorated jar.
What You’ll Need:
- Organic Ground Oatmeal
- Calendula Flowers (you could substitute this for lavender buds or something else)
- Baking Soda
- Epsom Salt
- Coconut oil
- Shea butter or Cocoa butter (or both) Or if you have some calendula oil made up, you can add some of that as well. The heart shapes which are a bit more yellow, is because I added Calendula oil. (Infusing your own oils)
- If you want to scent these, you can also add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the mix.
To ground the oatmeal, you can use a blender, coffee grinder or mortar & pestle.
The general recipe I used is to have 1 part oatmeal to 1/2 baking soda and epsom salts. (the combined two will make up the equal part) Then add in a sprinkle of calendula flowers (optional) and pouring 1/4 of the three dry ingredients combined in the coconut oil & shea. You can play around with the recipe. The main point is to have them harden. Example below:
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup epsom salts
- handful of calendula petals
- 1/2 cup (combined) coconut with shea. You may not need it all, you don’t want the mixture to be too wet. If it ends up too wet, just add in some more oatmeal.
The above recipe should make a few trays. This is quite a bulk amount, just cut everything down if you don’t need to make as many.
- Mixing Bowl & Spoon or spatula
- Melting pot / double boiler or pan on the stove
- Silicone Molds (I used THESE and ones similar to THESE)
- Organza Baggies (optional but will help prevent a clogged drain.)
- Glass storage jar
Add your dry ingredients in the mixing bowl first.
Next, add in your softened coconut oil, shea etc. (You can place these ingredients in a pan on the stove on LOW heat. Only until they are softened enough to mix in. note: coconut oil will melt very quickly.) Mix everything together until it’s well combined.
This is what mine looked like before it hit the molds.
You can rub coconut oil or olive oil on your molds before you spoon in the mix.
Make sure to pack them tight so there are no air pockets.
Allow them to dry out for a few days, somewhere cool and dry, away from humidity.
Once they seem pretty dry, you can pop them out of the molds and let them firm up a little longer. The center of them may still be a bit damp. Don’t pop these out too early or they will crack.
You can package them up in organza baggies, ready to be tossed right in the bath, or store them in an airtight glass jar, somewhere cool until you are ready to use them.
Toss one or two straight into the tub or into a reusable organza bag. The oatmeal and the oils can make the tub slippery, so be careful. (I like to keep mine in a baggie because the oatmeal doesn’t disintegrate and this is less of a mess to clean up, and less of a chance of clogging the drain)
Soak up the nourishing benefits!
(note: these will not fizz or foam, you need citric acid and a recipe for bath bombs for those, 😉 )
HAPPY BATHING! <3
For Baby Bathing – Please see our Herbal Baby Bath Blend. We also have a plain Oatmeal Calendula Bath Blend. These are both wonderful for any rashes or dry skin issues. (The bedtime blend just has soothing lavender added into it, you can leave that out if you are trying to tackle diaper rash, etc.)
I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs & Starwest Botanicals for all of your herbal healing needs! You can purchase any extra supplies over at Amazon.ca. Images Edited using PicMonkey & Please also see my disclaimer. Thanks Friends.