Well, duh! Of course, you are, and as someone who spends their day being "the bomb", you will eventually find yourself needing to relax and enjoy some "me time". I have been pondering for months about trying to make different things with herbs and flowers aside from just your average everyday cup of tea. With bath time being one of my favorite parts of the day, I have bought many a bath scrub, but as someone who is wired to say to myself "well I can make that", it's hard to drop my hard earned dimes on such things. One thing that has caught my eye as of late, are bath bombs. This big balls of fizzy or non-fizzy (depending on what you like) goodness can contain a myriad of fantastic ingredients and when I see the ones with dried flower petals, My soul starts to sing. So when I got a shipment of herbs and things from The Nevermore Coven, I decided to first take some Chamomile and make a cup of tea before doing a little research on how to make my own bath bombs with the same Chamomile. By then we are working on the end of a Saturday afternoon. I have pulled weeds, wrangled two roots that have been affected by the pending change in weather, FaceTimed my oldest root whom I have missed this week, taken photos for upcoming posts, wiped butts (she's two for goodness sakes), and started dinner. Yes, I washed my hands! If I was going to take on this endeavor, it wasn't going to have to be uncomplicated, because while I do love my evening bath, I don't want to spend more time making the bath bomb than I would typically spend soaking away the daily stressors. Otherwise, I'm dropping the ball so to speak and spending that time in what will by then qualify as a much-needed bath. I finish reading a few recipes and decide on a combination of several different ones because I had the ingredients handy. I grab my ingredients and away I go.
- 1 cup of Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid (you find it in the canning supplies or order online)
- 1/4 Tsp of one and 1/8 tsp of the other (see what I did there) whatever smelly smell good essential oil you prefer. (I used a combination of Lavender and Rosemary)
- 1/4 cup oats (quick cook steel cut organic or a store brand minute oat depending on what you like)
- Spray bottle with witch hazel
- Organic Dried Chamomile from The Nevermore Coven
- 2 large bath bomb molds (I bought them from Amazon)
Sift together the baking soda and citric acid so that there is no clumping, as baking soda tends to clump up over time. Add in your 1/4 cup of oats and mix really well to be certain that it is evenly distributed. Next, you are going to add in the essential oils of your choice and incorporate throughout the mixture. I used my hands on this part because I could more easily feel the where it needed to be missed a bit more. After you have mixed it really well and the room is smelling amazing, take a few moments to breathe in the bath bomb goodness, because we are almost at the finish line. Add about 1/2 of a tablespoon of your Chamomile to the inside of half of your mold. This stuff gave me pause because it's so amazing. Maybe it was the fact that I was simultaneously drinking Chamomile tea, and despite my children engaging in what seemed to be a replay of the Mayweather McGreggor debacle, I am completely in my zone. Here is where you want to pay attention to what you are doing because it could go South on ya. Spray your witch hazel into your mixture. What you are looking for is a damp sand consistency that will hold together when formed. I used roughly 15 sprays, but depending on the size of your spray bottle, that can be a give or take situation. Pack each side of your bath bomb mold about halfway with your mixture, pressing down to be certain the flowers on the one side are going to stick, and then fill the two halves to the top. I made a slightly convex mound in the middle so that when I pressed them together, there was plenty and I would come out with a nice round bath bomb. Every set of instructions I read, said: "Gently tap the bath bomb from the mold on one side and then the same for the other half of the mold." This ladies and gentleman, is far from the Zen moment that other DIY instructions say you will have, and I'm calling bullshit. What you want to do here is tap one side of your mold and remove it. DO NOT...I REPEAT...DO NOT take the other half of the mold off. Instead, set it on your counter and step away. Fight the urge to see it all in its bath bomb glory and be patient. Bath bombs are going to take 24 hrs to dry completely and hold together. What I decided to do on these is to leave half of the bath bomb exposed to dry a bit and then before I went to bed (roughly 8 hours later), I flipped it over onto some parchment paper and took the other half of the mold off. I can't tell you if it would have worked if I took both sides of the mold off at the same time, but when you have the possibility of having made beautiful bath bombs with amazing dried flowers and essential oils, you don't want to leave anything to chance. Ok, that's bullshit, I broke one of the little fuckers trying to prematurely eject it from its happy metal habitat and then I decided that the "leave it in half the mold" technique would be my thing. With the broken bath bomb situation, I still managed to make two amazingly lovely bath bombs in under 30 minutes, and that is less time than I normally spend soaking, so it was entirely worth the effort. Sunday night, these babies were ready and I thoroughly enjoyed the aroma and the floating Chamomile in my bath while reading and having yet another cup of tea. For those of you out there looking for quality Chamomile or other herbs and teas, I recommend The Nevermore Coven. They know what they are doing and stand by their products. I have since gone back for White Sage incense and it is to die for. I also feel compelled to add that I nor my family discriminate against anyone or their business based on their religion, race sex, age, sexual orientation, or for any other reason. Because of this, I reserve the right to showcase businesses based on their ability to put forth remarkable products. Be The Bomb! Live, Love, and Grow Roots.