Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Relaxing Bath Salts Recipe

Just reposted a recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs on making bath salts.  Thought I'd pass along my own recipe.  This leaves your skin so soft.  You can also grind up oatmeal and add it as well.  This is great for sensitive skin and rashes.  Do some research on the essential oils you add however.  Some can be harsh on the skin.  Tea Tree, Lavender and Geranium are some that are great in this.  Cinnamon and Clove are too harsh.  Tea Tree, Lavender and Geranium are also great natural antifungals.  You can also just add Almond, Grapeseed or Olive oil instead of the essential oils and that is also great for sensitive skin and rashes.  I like to use seasalt if I have any on hand.  The Epsom salts are also great for sore and tired muscles.  Enjoy!

Make Your Own Bathsalts


The basic ingredients are table salt, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) & Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate). Some herbalists also use borax. I prefer to add sea salts if I have them on hand, if not plain table salt works fine.  Add the salts to a large bowl in these proportions:

3 parts Epsom salts
2 parts baking soda
1 part table sea salt (or borax)
Essential (scented, herbal/floral) Oils

Mix thoroughly using your hands to stir the ingredients. Some people will tell you to use a spoon or other utensil, although others find the salts work better if you use your hands. This is now the base from which you can create a wide variety of bath salts. You can add colours to bath salts. Use plain food colouring for this purpose, letting it fall drop by drop onto the salt base. If two or more colours are required to mix an exotic hue (such as purple), mix these in a spoon first and then add to the salts to avoid creating a two-toned product, unless of course, you plan on a two or three tone salt. Add many drops for a darker coloured salt; fewer for a lightly hued salt. Mix the colour into the salts until it is evenly distributed; again use your hands or you may use a utensil.

Now add the essential oils drop by drop, one ingredient at a time, until the scent seems right. using your hands and fingertips, mix it until all salt particles are moistened. This may take up to fifteen minutes or longer. As to proportions, rely on your nose to determine the exact quantities. The more potent the finished products' scent, the less will have to be used for each bath. They should be strongly scented.

To use, add from 2 tablespoons to one-half cup of the bath salts to a full tub. Mix with your hands into the water. Enjoy your homemade bath salts!