|Clockwise from top left: Oatmeal, Calendula, Chamomile, Lavender|
To use the mix: Spoon a teaspoon into a muslin bag and add to the warm bathwater. Leave for 10-20 minutes to allow the herbs and oil to infuse with the water.
In my case I sterilized the jars and bowls, used for the recipe, with boiling water; and because I only made a small amount, and I will be using it regularly I think I will use it up before it loses it's 'goodness'. Also, I will be storing it in the cupboard, away from the sunlight to help lengthen the shelf-life.
Disclaimer:I am not a certified aromatherapist, or a doctor. I cannot tell you what to use when making body care products. If you are interested in making something similar please educate yourself on the uses, benefits and dangers of both herbs and essentials oils.
Generally herbs are gentler, and therefore a better choice when dealing with babies. Because of their size babies are much more sensitive to essential oils than adults, and there are some that shouldn't be used at all with small children.
While speaking with a friend about this recipe she mentioned she'd heard that lavender isn't safe to use with baby boys, because of hormone imbalances. After doing a little research I found that it is the lavender essential oil that has been linked to some problems, and like it says above the herbs are much gentler. I also made sure not to add too much lavender, and from my research everything else I used is safe for babies. but please do your own research, and make informed decisions when creating your own body care products!