Sunday, June 03, 2012

DIY Bath Salts

A favorite bath treatment for sore muscles, skin softener, and many other health benefits, is to enhance your bath with bath salts. There are many basic recipes for this but also many cautionary tips. It is not recommended to use baby oil if you have a whirlpool or jacuzzi tub, use essential oils not cosmetic fragrance oils because they can irritate your skin. Another great idea is to use Dead Sea salts with your Epsom salt, available at Amazon.com, you will use the same amount of both salts. I have not tried this combination yet but it is on my to-do list! I found a couple of web sites for more information and variations:
http://suite101.com/article/luxurious-homemade-bath-salts-a201788

http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/about/

Directions:
I used a glass bowl and a wooden spoon to mix my bath salts:
2 cups Epsom salts
* optional add 2 cups Dead Sea salts (available on Amazon.com)
4-6 drops of your favorite essential oil. My favorite is orange but peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, yling-ylang, patchouli, and orange are great also. You can even combine essential oils such as eucalyptus and orange.
* You may add a few drops of food coloring if you want to color your salts, but not too much or it could stain your skin.
It's best to add about 1 cup bath salts under the running water when you start your bath. Recommended bath time for the full Epsom salt benefits is 15-20 minutes.

If you aren't using this in a whirlpool tub you can add 3 T sweet almond oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, or baby oil  to your mixture. But if you give this as a gift make sure you label it appropriately. Use a decorative bottle or jar to store and make sure it seals well.
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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