As a mum of three I look forward to that glorious time when all the kids are in bed, and yes, staying in bed.
We often take a sigh of relief and think, what now?
Do I wash up from dinner, get ahead on the washing and maybe whack out a few loads of clothes?
Or perhaps try to remember what my spouse looks like and spend some time with him?
Or just once, maybe once in a while, take a moment and do something that pampers me!
Usually we are pretty quick as mums to push that thought aside, but I would like to encourage you that loving you is just as important as loving your partners and your kids.
You need to take some rejuvenating time for yourself. It’s time to treat yourself like a queen!
Now that does sound a little expensive to treat yourself like a queen but it’s not really. I have a wonderful DIY Queen Cleopatra Milk bath recipe for you to try. I really hope you give it a bash, and I promise you, you won’t be sorry and you’ll feel amazing afterwards.
There are a lot of wonderful simple and cheap recipes out there that you can make at home in just a short amount of time. Sometimes you’ll be surprised that you have some of these ingredients on hand already.
Now with that being said there are DIY’s made with other products like vaseline and baby oil and such. I don’t like using them as they frequently not only contain nasties but are nasty. Find things that are simple with pure ingredients and you can’t go wrong.
Milk bath recipes were used in ancient times, actually the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra was known for them. Milk was the core ingredient in those recipes because of how it nourishes your skin.
The fat and protein that is in milk adds a bounty of nourishing vitamins and minerals to your skin leaving it soft and supple.
Milk is a great exfoliator as the lactic acid in the milk helps clean and soften the skin.
Who’s ready for a bath right now? I know I am.
The epsom salts in this recipe aid in helping the body to flush toxins and impurities, the oat flour helps to soothe and calm irritated skin and we added the bicarb as a skin softener.
You can add your essential oil of choice from this point on, but for you busy mums that might feel somewhat frazzled at the end of the day, I recommend lavender essential oil. It is a great choice to quieten your mind and help you find calm from the busyness of the day. Lavender is known for helping you to feel peaceful and relaxed, it is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, detoxifying, helps improve sleep which is a must for any mum, slows ageing and…. need I say more.
Rose Geranium is another essential oil which I love the fragrance of. It is an oil that enhances your mood leaving you feeling more balanced and calm. You’ve got to love that! It also has so many amazing properties to it, from being anti-inflammatory to helping with skin cell repair and even helping to fade scars.
With all these fantastic ingredients you will feel like a new woman when, or if, you get out of this luxury soaking bath.
Now onto the recipe.
You will need the following:
2 cups Milk Powder
1 handful of Epsom Salts
1 cup Oat Flour
1/4 cup Bicarb Soda
5 drops of Lavender oil
5 drops of Rose Geranium oil. You can replace this with organic vanilla Essential Oil.
Ok got those ingredients together? What now?
First step: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, adding the oil last. Mix well. This Bath Mix has a 12 months shelf life if kept dry.
Second step: Store in an airtight glass jar. Woolworths have some pretty canning jars very cheap which are perfect.
Third step: Add two tablespoons or more to your royal bath, relax and enjoy it like a queen.
This recipe will provide enough for several wonderful, luxurious baths.
I really hope you ladies will take that special moment for yourself. Take the time to catch your breath and find your calm centred place today. And the best thing about this recipe is that you have enough so that anytime you need that breather, you know what to do.
Happy bathing ladies!
Liz is from Shekinah Glow Organic and Mineral Makeup.