Adding bath salts to your bath water is a great way to relax. There are any number of great bath salts you can buy. They combine herbs and/or essential oils with salt for a great spa experience at home. However, if you make them yourself you can be sure the ingredients are customized to your needs.
I take baths to ease muscle tension, and one of the best herbs to do that is arnica. Check the ingredient list on any natural sports rub and you may see this herb listed. It has a long established history of easing muscle tension, and its ability to reduce inflammation and bruising
Don’t feel limited to just one type of salt. You can have a bath with epsom salt or sea salt. Sea salt is known to have a ton of trace minerals in it. Epsom salt is the same kind of salt recommended by doctors to disinfect and treat skin issues. It’s loaded with magnesium which is a natural muscle relaxant. Many people swear by Epsom salt to remove toxic chemicals from the skin. Can’t make up your mind? Mix them together.
Another main ingredient of bath salts is oil. You can use essential oils or another type of oil. Oils not only provide moisture for your skin, their scents can provide aromatherapy to relax you, revive you, or help ease you to sleep. The type of oil you use depends on what kind of mood you’d like to create. Lavender, vanilla, and eucalyptus are great for a relaxing bath. While citrus oils will re-energize and refresh you.
If the essential oils you use turn out to be too strong for your skin, try diluting them in vegetable oil before adding to your salts. You can also try adding herbs instead of (or in addition to) your essential oils. They have the same therapeutic effects but you can often find dried herbs more easily than certain essential oils.
In addition to essential oils and herbs, you can also put in other ingredients to soften, moisturize, and otherwise improve your skin. Adding a few teaspoons of baking soda per jar will help you soften your skin and leave you feeling silky smooth. If you add citric acid with your baking soda, you can make your bath salts fizz and soften at the same time!
If you decide to add color to your bath salt, stick to a natural colorant like mica. Mica is simply mineralized rock in powdered form. It was first used in prehistoric times in cave paintings. We use it today for its color and glitter — not to mention its non irritating qualities.
Once you have your ingredients, it’s time to combine everything. Just add about 10 drops of oil to about two cups of salt and whatever other ingredients you want to include and stir, stir, stir. The longer you stir, the better the oils are infused into the salt. Then put everything in a clean, sterilized jar and seal it tight ready for use.
If you want more recipes for bath bath salts, check out the Everyday Roots, an ebook with over 215 natural skin care recipes. Adding bath salts not only feel good, but will heal your skin of several ailments such as insect bites, minor rashes, and calluses on feet, as well as more serious skin conditions like athlete’s foot, eczema, and psoriasis.While making your own bath salts is a great way to relax yourself, smooth your skin and save money, you don’t have to save them all for yourself. Homemade bath salts make great gifts or can even be sold. Just put them into plain old mason jars and add a bit of flair with lace and give them to your friends, family, and co-workers.