What You’ll Need to Make Bath Salts
Bath salts are a blend of salt, scent (often a scented oil), and vegetable dye, with the occasional addition of glycerin (for shine and as a moisturizer), and baking soda. A blend of equal parts Epsom salt and sea salt is a good combination to start with, and both salts are inexpensive and easy to find.
The Benefits of Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is composed of magnesium sulfate, which is absorbed into your skin when included in your bath water. Magnesium acts as a natural muscle relaxer, and increased magnesium levels in your system have been associated with lowered blood pressure and adrenalin levels. The Epsom Salt Industry Council suggests that magnesium can increase the production of serotonin in your body, a natural mood enhancer. This makes Epsom salt a great addition to your bath salt blend.
Essential Oils in Bath Salts
Lavender and geranium are relaxing essential oils that are frequently added to bath salts, but there are many essential oils and combinations to choose from.
Any oils or blends that you purchase will have recipes included with them, as well as recommendations and any cautions associated with their use. There are dangers associated with the use of some essential oils because of their concentrated nature, so review your ingredients before preparing this or any other herbal or cosmetic recipe.
Basic Bath Salt Recipe
4 Cups Epsom Salt
4 Cups Sea Salt (coarse)
10 Drops Essential Oil
Preparing Bath Salts
Combine your salts, add the essential oils, and blend. Essential oils should never make contact with your bare skin in their concentrated form, so use gloves. Once the oils have been incorporated into the mixture, add the food coloring. If you are blending colors, mix them in a separate container before adding them to the salt. A little color goes a long way.
Adding color to your bath salts is optional. Instead, you might want to include lavender flowers, orange peel, or a sprig of rosemary. Bath salts that have been mixed with other ingredients can be poured into a small muslin or mesh bag before adding them to your bath water. As a gift for the man in your life, untinted salts that have been lightly scented are a perennial favorite.
Once you have mixed your salts, spread them onto a sheet of aluminum foil or wax paper to dry. If you are in a hurry, you can dry them in an oven on low heat. Once dry, seal them in a container with a tight lid.
How To Use Your Homemade Bath Salts
Use your bath salts by adding a half-cupful to the water as you begin to run your bath. Increase the amount to a full cup if you are trying to relax sore muscles. If you are using a muslin bag, place the bag under the water spray to help the salts dissolve more rapidly.
Epsom salt and sea salt, although safe for most, may have interaction problems, so discuss their use with your physician.
Your homemade bath salts can be customized with essential oil blends that provide specific aromatherapy benefits. This makes them a great addition to your bath, as well a thoughtful gift. For a fraction of the cost of prepared bath salts, you can easily make your own custom blends that are healthy and natural.