Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Homemade, Last Minute Gift Idea!

Oatmeal, Milk and Tea Bath Soak

Not counting today, there are 4 more shopping days until Christmas!

Seriously though, who wants to brave the mall in the next few days? Even if you're lucky enough to find a parking spot that isn't a 15 minute walk from the building you're bound to start pulling your hair out once you enter that first store. 
Elbowing my way through a crowd while trying to shop isn't my idea of fun!

So why not mix up something quick and useful for those people on your list that need to relax, instead of hitting the stores? Then, you can make a little extra to use for yourself when you're done with all that wrapping!

I whipped up 8 cups of this Oatmeal and Tea bath soak in 15 minutes over the weekend to pop into stockings and give as teacher gifts. What teacher doesn't want to soak in a yummy smelling bath after a long day with little ones? 

Here is what you will need:
**these are estimated amounts, please add and subtract to your liking**
1/2 cup of Oats 
1/3 cup of corn starch
1 cup of powdered milk
6 tablespoons {or tea bags} of loose tea or herbs of your choice
{I used peach, chamomile, jasmine green tea and citrus}
Food processor
Small jars {under $2 at craft stores}

Process the oats in the food processor until they are a powdery consistency - 
takes a bit of time.
Add in all remaining ingredients and process until well mixed. 
Use one flavor of tea, or mix and match!
NOTE: If your tea leaves aren't finely processed 
you may need to crush them up a bit in a bag, 
or process separately like the oatmeal.
Fill your bottles! I added some ribbon and homemade gift tags as well.
Each gift was packaged up with a bath pouf and directions.

That's it!

To use: 
Place 2 to 3 tablespoons in a cheesecloth bag.
I made these little pouches as well and added decorative ribbon to the top,
 like a little sachet. 
Personally I like to use 3 layers of cheese cloth per bag to catch the small tea leaves.
Feel free to purchase small bags at craft stores if you'd rather.
Add to a warm bath. 

You can also place the bath soak directly into the tub if you don't mind the small 
pieces of tea floating around you.

Relax and enjoy!

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Sara @ Seeing Purple Stars said...

cute idea!! i love homemade gifts!

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Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

Love these! Thanks for the recipe! Pinning ;)

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