Picture this: It’s the end of a stressful day and your body is just plain tired. You go into your bathroom, light a candle, put on some soft music and draw a bath of water. Add some soothing bath salts and just soak until all of that tension is gone. What a way to end the day and get a good night sleep!
Bath salts can be a bit expensive when you buy them in the specialty stores. Who has that kind of money to burn when you can make them yourself? It’s so easy and takes just minutes. Here is an inexpensive recipe that contains 2 different salts and baking soda to soothe your muscles and soften your skin. Add drops of essence oils and you’ll be in paradise haven.
This also makes great gifts! I made this last year for Christmas, put it in pint jars, wrapped a pretty ribbon around the neck and they were a hit!
Here’s how I make it.
Start with a large non plastic bowl. I like to use a glass one so the essence oils won’t flavor the next dish I make in it.
Combine the Epsom salts, coarse sea salt and baking soda.
You can use just one essence oil or mix together different essence oils for different effects. One of my favorite is to combine lavender, peppermint and lemongrass oils. When I use this combination, I add about 8 drops of each one into the salt mixture and stir around with a fork or whisk until it’s all mixed in. If I’m feeling a bit nasally, I’ll add a few drops of Tea Tree essence oil or Eucalyptus essence oil. It seems to help open up my nasal passages. If you want to use just one essence oil such as the ever popular lavender, put about 15-20 drops depending on how strong you want the fragrance to be. There really isn’t a hard fast rule on the number of drops to put in bath salts. Just make it to your liking.
Some people like for their bath salts to have some color. I tend to leave mine dye free, but if you would like to add some food coloring to your bath salts, this is the time to add it and whisk it in.
Pour the salt mixture into 3 pint jars or 6 of the 1/2 pint jars. Tighten the lid and put a label on it so you’ll know which oils you added.
Use 1/3-1/2 cup per bath.
Add a ribbon to the neck of the jar and you have a sweet gift! Be creative by cutting a piece of fabric to cover the lid/ring and then applying a ribbon too!
Side note here. Each of the oils have different properties and effects. I’ll be the first to say that I’m certainly not an expert in essence oils and I have gotten all of my information off of the internet. But for what it’s worth, here is a short list of what I have read about some of the more popular essence oils that I use in my bath salts.
Lavender is probably the most popular essence oil used. It’s calming, relaxing and good for relieving headaches. In addition to stress-relief, it also has the properties of being an antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, decongestant and reduces body odor.
Peppermint is uplifting and great for relieving tension headaches and muscular aches. It also enhances mood, sharpens focus and combats irritation.
Lemongrass is vitalizing and cleansing. It is also known to reduce pain, fight depression, reduce high fever, kill bacteria and reduce body odor.
Eucalyptus is often used to aid in respiratory issues by opening sinuses and helping relieve the symptoms that are associated with the common cold. It is used as an antiseptic, decongestant, diuretic and stimulant. It reduces body odor and helps fight migraines and fevers. The cooling capability also helps with muscle aches and pains.
Tea Tree is a natural immune booster that also fights infection. It works to heal skin conditions, burns and cuts. In addition, it helps treat respiratory conditions, muscle aches, the flu, Athlete’s foot and dandruff.
Orange is known as a cleansing oil and helps soothe dry skin, fight depression and uplift our mood.
What is your favorite essence oil?
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