"His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile..."
~ The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
As chamomile was often the herb used to calm many of Peter Rabbit's calamities (since it is gentle and safe for little ones), it should come as no surprise that Mrs. Rabbit also used it during his bedtime bath routine. She had all three simple ingredients in her pantry so this was her favorite recipe (inspiration was found in this book). Here is how she prepared it (though I am not quite sure that she used a blender):
Place 4 cups of oatmeal in a large jar or bowl. Oatmeal is a very gentle cleanser that contains saponins. It gives that foamy sensation that helps to lift dirt and oil from the skin making it an excellent natural choice for those with sensitive skin.
Add 1/2 cup of cornstarch which is a soft skin soother (organic is preferred as most corn products are GMO).
Then add 1 cup of dried chamomile flowers. This herb has many health benefits but for this recipe we are focusing on the fact that it boasts skin healing properties. Chamomile soothes rashes (such as eczema), minors burns and reduces skin inflammation. The bonus is that it is also known to be relaxing.
Place all three of your ingredients together in a blender and pulse until smooth. (This is just too easy!)
Your bedtime bath powder is now ready! Place 1/2 cup into your bath as you fill it up or scoop mixture inside muslin bags and place under your flowing bath faucet. And remember, us old folks could benefit from a soothing and stress-releiving chamomile soak as well!
To make this into a sweet gift, pour bath powders into a mason jar (the blue ones would be darling!) or vintage milk bottle, decorate the lid (we used a fabric scrap and twine), attach our label (two versions shared below) and add a Gift Tag.
You may also want to include our Peter Rabbit Room Spray, Peter Rabbit Bookmarks and other "Peter" related projects which are found here. All compliments of Mrs. Rabbit of course!
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