Floral Oatmeal Wash

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After VALENCIA COFFEE SCRUB. Today we showing you This simple botanical wash can be used daily in place of soap. This batch is large enough to share with friends and family. Have fun picking out decorative jars and adorning them with painted flowers or a cute label. Tie a ribbon around the jars or paint the lids a pretty color. Clear glass allows you to see how lovely the finished product is.

Floral Oatmeal Wash

Floral Oatmeal Wash:

YIELDS: 24 ounces

1 cup whole oats

1 bar moisturizing soap

1⁄3 cup dried chamomile flowers

1⁄3 cup dried rose petals

1⁄3 cup dried lavender flowers

1⁄2 cup powdered milk (soy, coconut, or dairy), optional


* What you will need: cutting board, knife, grater, mixing bowl, measuring cups, spoon, jar, small muslin drawstring bag, three 8 ounce jars with lids


1. To Make: Coarsely chop the oats and put into the mixing bowl. Coarsely grate the soap and add to the bowl along with the chamomile, rose petals, and lavender. Add the powdered milk if you desire a more moisturizing body wash. It’s okay if the soap is a little gooey; just take care to break up any chunks, blending them in evenly with the other ingredients. Feel free to mix this with your hands, or use a wooden spoon.

2. To Store: Put the Floral Oatmeal Wash in your jars and close the lids tightly. Label with contents and expiration date of 2 years. Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. The filled herbal bag may be good for more than one bath if you store it in the freezer and thaw it out before your next bath or shower. To thaw, toss in the tub or soak for a few minutes in hot water.

3. To Use: Loosely fill the cloth bag with the Floral Oatmeal Wash. Tie a bow tight enough that it won’t come apart in use. Remember, you will need to untie it later to clean out and use again. Use in place of a soap or body wash in your shower or bath. The herbal bag functions like a washcloth, but think of it as a teabag. Bring the herb-filled cloth bag into the shower or bath. Wet the bag well and slowly rub over your body with a gentle scrubbing motion. If in the bath, let the bag steep in the water as you bathe. Continue re-wetting the bag, squeezing the fragrant herbal elixir out over your body.


HELPFUL HINTS

Most health food stores will have a muslin bag available in the tea, herbal, or body care section. You can also use a clean sock or nylon, or tie the herbal mix in a piece of cheesecloth or other soft natural fabric.