These homemade bundles use oats, dried flowers and essential oils to create a soothing, sensory bath time experience. Or create a home foot spa, and place them in a flat bottomed bowl for a luxurious foot soak! Be mindful of allergies - the oats can be omitted if needed.
This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.
Who is this for?
This is a wellbeing activity for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and can be enjoyed by anyone.
Why does this make a difference?
This is a sensory activity that promotes wellbeing and relaxation, helping people use their senses to connect with their surroundings by exploring touch and smell.
How to do this activity
What you’ll need
A combination of the following:
- A handful of oats
- Dried flowers (such as lavender, rose or camomile)
- Dried rosemary (or other calming herbs), or a few drops of essential oils like rosemary or lavender - whatever you have easy access
- A square of fabric roughly 15x15cm
Lay your square of fabric on the surface and carefully pour the oats in the centre of the fabric (if using).
Now add any dried herbs, flowers or essential oils you plan to use to the pile of oats.
Cut a length of string about 15cm, pick up the corners of the bundle and tie the string around it to hold the contents together. This step might be easiest with a partner!
Place your bundle in the bath/foot spa/bowl and add warm water (or desired temperature) and relax!
- Remember to check for allergies, and adjust as necessary. Oats are excellent for calming irritated skin but could be omitted if desired.
- The more the bundle soaks in the warm water, the more the scent and goodness from the oats is released in the water.
- If you are in the bath, you can feel free to rub it on your skin like a kind of sponge
- Discard contents after use, rinse and wash fabric square to use again.