Who doesn’t love a good soak in the tub, and you know, you can make it even better and more beneficial with some DIY bath salt recipes. You don’t have to visit the spa or pay out for expensive toiletries for great results because DIY bath salt recipes are cheap and easy.
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Orange and Peppermint
The DIY bath salt recipes you choose depend on which symptoms, conditions and moods you want to address. Peppermint and orange is the ideal antidote for a stressful day. Peppermint oil uplifts your spirit, easing tension headaches and relieving muscular aches. Orange will reduce stress and has the bonus of being great for dry skin.
To make: Add 4-5 drops of peppermint oil and 4-5 drops of orange oil to 300g of salt crystals. Mix and put into a screw top jar. Leave in a cool place for 24 hours before using.
To use: Add ½ cup to running bath water.
If you’ve got a hectic day ahead, or you know your brain is going to get a strenuous workout, one of the best ways to start the day is to forgo your shower in favor of a soak in a rosemary-scented bath. Rosemary is energizing and good for mental alertness.
To make: Mix together 2 cups of Epsom salts with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Add 4 drops of essential rosemary oil. Mix well. (You can add a couple of drops of green food coloring if you like). Store in a screw top jar.
To use: Add to a hot bath.
Rose and Milk
DIY bath salt recipes are ideal for targeting specific areas or symptoms. If you want a bath to be an exfoliating exercise this recipe is fab. The powdered milk softens the harshness of the Epsom salts while the rose oil adds a gorgeous smell and a calming, relaxation effect.
To make: Mix together ½ cup of Epsom salts and 1½ cups of full-fat powdered milk. Add 2-3 drops of red food coloring and mix until it is a nice uniform pink color. Add ¼ – ½ cup rose petals and 5-8 drops of rose essential oil. Mix gently. Store in a lidded container – looks pretty in a bottle.
To use: Add to running bath water.
You won’t be surprised to know that one of the most popular ingredients in DIY bath salt recipes is lavender. It has a delicious scent and helps reduce muscle ache and stress. The addition of dried lavender buds in this one just ups the ante when it comes to a relaxing bath.
To make: Add 1 tablespoon dried lavender and 5 drops of essential lavender oil to 300g salt crystals. Mix well. Store in a screw top jar.
To use: add to a hot bath.
It’s easy to create your own spa-like detox bath at home. You’ll boost your health by flushing out those nasty toxins and be calmed by the chamomile and ginger.
To make: in a large bowl, mix together 2 cups of Epsom salts and 1½ cups of baking soda. Then add 1 tablespoon of ground ginger and 15 drops of chamomile. Mix together. Store in a screw top jar.
To use: To get the most benefits from this your bath water needs to be as hot as you can stand it; the treatment needs you to be sweating for the best results. You also should refrain from eating for a good couple of hours before and after this bath. Drink 2 glasses of water before getting into the bath. When in the bath, sink as low as you can in the water and relax for at least 20 minutes. After this time you might well feel a little dizzy or light headed so take care when you get out of the tub. Drink more water to keep flushing out those toxins.
Vanilla and Ylang Ylang
As both vanilla and ylang ylang are calming and emotionally balancing, in combination they provide great stress relief and promote relaxation. If you’re prone to anxiety, this is one of the DIY bath salt recipes you should know.
To make: Add 4-5 drops each of vanilla oil and ylang ylang oil to 300g of salt crystals. Mix and put into a screw top jar. Leave in a cool place for 24 hours before using. If you like, you can add a vanilla pod to the jar – slice it most of the way down the middle for the best effect.
To use: Add ½ cup to running bath water.
Honey and Almond
If you want a bath that will soften and moisturize your skin, turn to honey and almond.
To make: Combine 3 cups of Epsom salts with 2 cups of sea salt and 1 cup of baking soda. At this point you can choose to color it if you like. Then add 10 drops of almond oil. Mix and store in a screw top jar.
To use: Add 1 tablespoon honey to ½ cup of the bath salts. Mix and add to running bath water.
It’s fun to use DIY bath salt recipes and you can make your own combinations. If you have sensitive skin you can find soap-making quality oils and fragrances at hobby stores. Have you ever tried making your own bath salts?
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