One of the most indulgent things you can do for yourself is relax in a hot bath, yet commercial bath salts may be irritating to your skin. Organic sodium salts, on the other hand, soften the water and boost soap's natural cleansing power (see References 2, page 5). Making your own bath salts ensures that your skin is safe and protected, especially if you add seaweed or French green clay. Both clay and seaweed promote healing. Seaweed, such as bladderwrack, also soothes and conditions your skin while providing anti-aging properties (see References 3 and References 4, page 62 and 64). All of the natural ingredients in homemade bath salts work together to provide a therapeutic and rejuvenating experience.
Items you will need:
- Measuring cups and spoons
- 2 cups sea salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts (optional)
- 1 tbsp. organic powdered seaweed or 1/8 cup French green clay
- Wire whisk
- 20 to 30 drops organic essential oils
- Glass jar or container with lid
Place 2 cups of sea salt in a bowl, along with 1/2 cup of baking soda.
Add the French green clay or powdered seaweed to the bowl. Follow with the Epsom salts if you have tired or aching muscles.
Add drops of three or four different essential oils using a dropper, one drop at a time. Try synergistic herbal blends, such as rosemary, peppermint and lime for a stimulating effect. Jasmine, ylang-ylang and sandalwood are purported to serve as an aphrodisiac. For a relaxing bath, add Roman chamomile, marjoram, lavender and neroli. (See References 2, page 6)
Mix well with the wire whisk, then cover the bowl with a porous cloth, such as a dish towel. Let it sit overnight to dry. In the morning, whisk again, then store the mixture in a glass jar with a lid.
Draw a bath, and add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the bath salts to the warm water. Soak for at least 10 minutes.
- For additional skin softness, add dry or powdered milk (see References 5, page 110).
- Sodium salts are drying, so use sparingly on dry or sensitive skin (see References 2, page 6).
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Sarena Fuller has been writing professionally since 2003. She has written for e-commerce sites, architectural firms, doctors and fashion companies. Her writing experience varies from technical writing to hair and beauty, alternative medicine and eco-friendly living. Fuller holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Arizona.
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