DIY Wednesday: Luxury Milk Bath

Wednesday, January 7, 2009




It's time for an all new DIY Wednesday!

We're going to indulge in a soothing bath treatment which can easily be altered depending on your mood.

When I'm in need of some relaxation, I like to enjoy a milk bath. My favorite is my rose milk bath, which can be made in a large jar and refrigerated, or in small jars for one treatment. You can use mason jars, canning jars, or any clean and dry jar. Rinse out those plastics and feel free to reuse it to make this as well.

Why a milk bath? Milk contains lactic acid, a form of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It helps to gently exfoliate the skin, and milk will also soften and nourish.

I like a rose bath because of the aromatherapy benefits of rose. Rose essential oil can be used to calm and soothe the soul, and aromatherapists find that it can act as a mild anti-depressant. It is being used more and moer by alternative health practitioners to treat stress when used as a complementary therapy with traditional Western medicine.

This will fill a 4 ounce jar:

Start with 1/4 cup of goat's milk (you can buy Meyenberg Goat's Milk in many grocery stores or natural food grocery stores right in the refrigerated section.

You can also use organic whole milk or buttermilk.

I then use 1/8 cup of rose hydrosol. You can skip this and just use milk if you don't have any handy.

Then add in some fresh or dried rose petals. I use enough petals to fill a teaspoon. You can use more or less.

Add in about 3-4 drops of rose absolute. This is pricy and very strong--you don't need much. If you do not have this, no problem! Use rose otto oil or geranium rose essential oil. Just use about 8 drops of these. Don't have those? This is also OK. You do not have to put in essential oils as the rose petals will scent the milk after it is stored for a while in your fridge.

Gently mix these with a wooden spoon and pour into your jar. You will most likely have room to add more milk before you put the top on.


I let this steep for a few hours. I then pour it under running hot water in the tub. The rose petals will float on top of the water and just look so pretty. Light a couple of candles and soak away all of your cares!

Store in the fridge for up to a week.

Some variations:

Do you need a lift? Add some mint instead of roses. Get fresh spearmint or peppermint and add to the milk and skip the hydrosol.

Need to relax? Add some dried lavender and lavender hydrosol instead of rose.

Have a cold? Add some lemon, peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils to the milk. Steep some lemon rind and fresh mint in with it.

Tired and achy feet? Make a foot bath! In place of the roses and rose hydrosol, use peppermint and tea tree essential oils and fresh peppermint!

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