After a long week on the road visiting family for the holidays, last night I rolled up to our house, unloaded our stuff and immediately hit the self-care button. I look forward to the holidays all year, but the second they’re over I breathe a huge sigh of relief and break out the bath oils. Stress can be tough on skin. But factor in poor sleep, a scary amount of junk food and one too many alcoholic beverages and my skin looks downright scary. We’re talking itchy and flaky with a mysterious rash kind of scary.
Needless to say, I always keep a bottle of this calming bath oil up my sleeve for times like these. It’s wonderfully soothing, not just for skin but also for an anxious mind. Plus it smells incredible and leaves skin insanely hydrated. Just pour it into your bath as the tub fills and then hop on in. It lightly coats skin and sinks in as you soak, leaving you with super soft, rejuvenated skin.
Calming Chamomile Bath Oil
After a long day, nothing—seriously, nothing—is better than a hot bath. This herb-infused bath oil is perfect for soothing irritated skin and calming your mind so you can unwind and fall asleep more easily. It’s made with coconut and sweet almond oils to replenish moisture, and chamomile to help you relax. Lavender, cedarwood, camphor and rosemary essential oils give it a wonderful scent that’s not only soothing but also good for the immune system.
Before combining the oils, you’ll want to infuse the almond oil with dried chamomile flowers. To speed up the process, you can do this in a crockpot or on the stove using a double-boiler. Since I’m usually not in a hurry, I prefer the cold infusion method. While it does take a little bit longer it’s also a lot gentler so you wind up with more active chamomile compounds in your oil. If you’re in a rush, simply use heat to infuse the chamomile or go with 15 – 20 drops of chamomile essential oil instead.
To use, pour the oil under the faucet as the bath fills up and allow the oils to disperse throughout the water. Soak for 30 minutes and gently towel off when you’re done so as not to wipe off all the oil. And always make sure to climb out of the tub slowly in case the oils coat the bottom of the tub and make it slick.
Chamomile Bath Oil
Yield 8 ounces
- 3/4 cup sweet almond oil
- 1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil (which stays liquid at room temperature)
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 8 drops rosemary oil
- 15 drops cedarwood oil
- 10 drops camphor oil
- 1 cup dried chamomile flowers or 20 drops chamomile essential oil
- Glass mason jar (for infusing the chamomile oil)
- 8-ounce glass bottle with lid
- Start by infusing the chamomile oil. For the slow extraction method, combine dried chamomile flowers with 1 cup almond oil in a glass mason jar. Screw on the lid and set aside to steep for 3 - 4 weeks, then strain out the chamomile. To save time, combine the chamomile and almond oil in a small sauce pan. Heat over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, then turn off the heat and let the chamomile infuse in the oil for an hour. Strain out the chamomile.
- Using a funnel, pour the almond oil into a glass bottle. Add the coconut oil and essential oils (if using chamomile essential oil, add it now). Feel free to add more chamomile blossoms or other dried herbs if you like.
- Screw on the lid and shake well to combine.
- While filling up the tub, pour 1 - 2 tablespoons under the running faucet. Allow the oils to disperse throughout the water before climbing in. Soak for 30 minutes then gently towel off.