Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties make it soothing for irritated skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, and enriching for dry, itchy or sensitive skins.
Normally people add only a small tablespoon-sized splash of bath milk to the tub, which I’ve always thought is a ridiculously small amount compared to the hundreds of litres of water in the average bath. At such microscopically low concentrations, it is extremely implausible that any of the active chemicals could have any effect whatsoever. The great thing about this sunflower oil-based milk, however, is that it’s light and non-greasy and also has the benefit of being very cheap, so you can really go crazy and splash in as much as you want for an effective, luxurious and skin-soothing soak.
For the coconut cream, buy either tins or blocks of creamed coconut and follow the instructions to make it up into liquid form.
30g dried chamomile flowers (or 60g fresh)
500ml sunflower oil
20 drops of lavender essential oil
100ml coconut cream
1 Mix the chamomile flowers and sunflower oil together in a glass heatproof bowl. Cover and place the bowl above a pan of simmering water. Simmer gently away for 1 hour, being careful the pan does not boil dry (make sure there is no gap between the pan and bowl), then leave to cool.
2 Once cool, strain the oil and discard the spent flowers. Stir in the lavender essential oil. The resultant chamomile and lavender-scented oil also makes a brilliant soothing skin and massage oil that will keep for up to 1 year.
3 To transform the floral oil into a dispersing bath milk: whisk the oil 1 tablespoon at a time into the coconut cream, making sure the mixture is thoroughly combined between additions of oil. You should end up with a rich milk, about the consistency of double cream. All you’ve got to do then is bottle it up.
USE Pour 100–200ml of the milk into the bath. Can be used for adults and children aged 2–16.
STORAGE Keep refrigerated, and use within 1 month.