Herbal Bath for Baby

Post by Contributing Writer, Stacy

Most commercial bath products scare me, especially those intended for babies. The ingredient lists often contain chemicals that I don’t want anywhere near my children!

If you are like me and want to naturally add a pleasant, herbal fragrance to your baby’s bath, you might enjoy the following baby bath bag.

Besides smelling lovely, this bath bag has the added benefit of using herbs that promote a soothing and relaxing atmosphere for parents and baby. Plus, it’s quick and easy (just like the ones we make for grown ups).

How to Make an Herbal Bath Bag for Baby

To make an herbal bath bag for one-time use, place the following into a drawstring cloth tea bag (bought or homemade):

  • 1/2 tablespoon calendula petals
  • 1/2 tablespoon chamomile flowers
  • 1/2  tablespoon oats, smashed or ground
  • 1 teaspoon lavender
  • 1 teaspoon rose petals

Let the bag float in baby’s bath water. You may also use the bag as a washcloth and give your little one a gentle wipe down with it.

To make a larger batch to keep on hand, mix the following in a bowl then transfer to a jar with a tight fitting lid:

  • ½ cup calendula petals
  • ½ cup chamomile flowers
  • ½ cup oats, smashed or ground
  • ¼ cup lavender
  • ¼ cup rose petals

To use, place a small handful (about 1/8 cup) into a cloth tea bag and use as directed above.

This recipe has been adapted from Rosemary Galdstar’s Baby’s Bath Herbs in her book , Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.

About the ingredients:

Calendula
Known for it’s soothing and healing properties, Calendula is a popular addition to many skin care products. Calendula is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic, making it the herb of choice for treating a variety of skin conditions.

Chamomile
These pretty white flowers have long been used to relax and soothe. A common sleep aid, chamomile also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Oats
Oats are an excellent addition to the bath. They soothe irritated and itchy skin as well as reduce tension and stress.

Lavender
These lovely purple flowers have wonderful calming properties. Adding them to the bath helps reduce nervousness, excitability, and tension.

Rose petals
Roses have a light scent that lessens anxiety and depression. They are also very soothing to skin.

Have you used herbs in your baby’s bath? If so, which ones do you like best?

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Stacy is wife to a preacher and mom to three busy children. She strives to live a healthy, happy life with God at the helm. Stacy writes about finding peace and joy at home, on her blog: A Delightful Home.

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