I’m just like every other stay at home mom struggling to make end meets and, I have to admit, finding it a great challenge to make my own products for less than I would normally pay in a store. In this article I’m going to show you just how easy it is to learn how to make your own bath salts. I’ve been making bath salts for some years now and actually sell them at a local Farmers Market along with a whole lot of other spa products. Fortunately for you, making bath salts is easy and the great thing about making your own is that you determine what goes into them so you can tailor make them for specific needs.
Every bath salt starts with the main ingredient which is – wait for it – salt! Now you may just think of salt as that condiment you have on your dinner table but there are many different types of salt to choose from. Some people like to use just one salt, but many people combine different salts to vary the texture of their bath salts. My favourite choice of salts include Epsom Salt, Dead Sea Salt, Atlantic Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt and Breton Organic Grey Sea Salt.
Next, when learning how to make your own bath salts, you need to add a colorant. Naturally it will have to be one that is not irritating to the skin or that dyes your skin. Just imagine stepping out of the tub with your skin turned bright blue! Some of the salts are already colored, so no problem there, but you can add powdered mica, which has a pearl like iridescence that is very attractive or FD&C dyes.
If you want to add botanicals to your salts such as dried herbs or flower petals, then go on ahead, but I would recommend packaging them in a bag and using them like a teabag.
Last, but not least you need to choose the oils to put into your salts. For moisture, you can add a variety of oils such as avocado, olive, castor or apricot kernel. For perfume, you can choose from a wide range of essential oils but do not choose basil, oregano, thyme, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon or bay leaf as these are well known skin irritants.
One of my personal favourite recipes that I use after a day in the garden to sooth aching muscles is below:
Soothing Muscle Bath Salts
16 ounces Epsom Salts
5 drops Eucalyptus Oil
15 drops Lavender Oil
Place the salts in a mixing bowl and then add the essential oils and mix well. Store in a glass jar and use one third to half a cup of the gorgeous scented salts per bath to soothe away your aches and pains.
That’s all there is to it! Now you know how to make your own bath salts!
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