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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Spring and summer bring bugs and bug bites!

 With warmer weather comes the urge to be outside and play out of doors.  Great fun!  But when you come inside for the night you may find you have unwanted side-effects.  The great outdoors abounds with chigger, fleas, mosquitos, and many other blood-sucking insects who are just as pleased to see you come out of the house as you are to be outside.

Nobody likes to scratch and itch all night.  Maybe you could try to make several of these easy bath bombs to have on hand.  After a long soak with this in your bath, you may find the relief you need to get a good nights rest.

I'm all for anything that helps stop itching and promotes healing, so I will be making a batch of these soon.

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Bath Bomb - Insect Bite Relief

Materials needed:

  • 1 1/4 cups cup of Baking soda or Bicarbonate of Soda
    1/2 cup of Citric acid
    2 -6 tsp of Almond Oil or Apricot oil
    1/4 cup of Dried Basil
    1/2-2 tbs Water
    5 drops of Food coloring
    (optional)10-15 drops of calamine lotion
    Makes 7 medium sized Bath Bombs
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir until well mixed.
Drizzle in the almond oil and stir until mixture is moistened. Add more oil and fragrance and stir until well mixed.
If the mixture is crumbly then add more oil or a dash of water.
Roll the mixture into a ball using your hands or press it into a lightly oiled mold. Use a bath bomb mold or a chocolate mold.
Let it slip out from the mold and then put the ball/shape on a sheet of wax paper and leave it to dry till it is hard. It make take several days.
Store them in a airtight container.
Use 1 Bath bomb per bath.

Source: Craftbits.com
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