How to make your own bath salts

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If you love bathing, you may like to use bubble baths, bath bombs or tea bags to enhance your bathing experience. Maybe a glass of wine, your favorite book and some candles will pop up.

Another popular “condiment” to add to the tub is bath salts. They can be found in pharmacies and supermarkets in the toiletries section and are often scented with herbs, such as lavender or eucalyptus.

However, like many commercial bath and beauty products, bath salts can be made at home and customized cheaply and easily.

What are Epsom salts?

When people use bath salts, they often use Epsom salt. Epson salt is named after the British town where it was discovered. Epsom salt is not at all salt as we know it, but magnesium sulfate, and it is for this reason that it is beneficial to take a bath in it.

When Epsom salts are dissolved in water, they release magnesium and sulfate into the water. The idea is that when you soak in a tub containing Epsom salts, your body can absorb the magnesium and sulfate through your skin. Although it is widely practiced and believed to be so, more research needs to be done on its effectiveness.

What are bath salts used for?

That said, bathing with bath salts is believed to have other wonderfully beneficial effects. People use bath salts to help relieve sore and tight muscles and joints. They can also help relieve skin irritation, dryness, and itching, and can soothe symptoms of poison ivy.

How can I make my own bath salts?

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If you’re looking for something simple, you can just add about a cup of Epsom salts to your warm bath and let it dissolve before you get in. It’s as simple as that. However, there are other common ingredients that you can add to your bath salts to create a very special bath soak.

In a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of Epsom salts and one (or all) of the following:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda: Adding baking soda to your bath water is thought to help soften and soothe the skin in case of rashes or irritations.
  • 1/4 cup oats: Ground oats can be added to your bath salt mix if you are looking for a little more nourishment for your skin. Oats are believed to treat and soothe dry skin and alleviate symptoms of insect bites and poison ivy.
  • 1/2 cup sea salt: Adding salt in the form of sea salt, Himalayan pink salt or just table salt would add beneficial minerals to your bath water and work with Epsom salts to soothe tired muscles and sore.
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil: Besides being nourishing for your skin, adding coconut oil to your bath salts is a good idea if you add essential oils. Most essential oils are not recommended for use directly on the skin and must first be diluted with a carrier oil.
  • Essential oils: Adding essential oils to your bath salts can give your bath a whole new dimension. The aromatherapeutic benefits of essential oils can help relieve stress, anxiety, headaches, and tension, and even relieve sinus congestion. You can use lavender oil to promote restful sleep, eucalyptus to clear a stuffy nose, or peppermint to ease a tension headache. You will need to research each essential oil individually for recommended uses and directions.

Stir your mixture until well combined. You can use your salts immediately or save them for future use.

How do I store my homemade bath salts?

It is best to store your bath salts in an airtight container. Store your container in a cool, dry place to reduce the risk of moisture. If you find that your bath salts have clumped or hardened, you should stir them around with a spoon or fork to loosen them up again.

Some things to keep in mind-

  • If you used essential oils, you may want to avoid some plastic containers as the oil can react with the plastic.
  • If you used baking soda, make sure you didn’t mix it with an activator such as citric acid. Combining the two in a sealed container can build pressure and create an explosion.

So experiment with homemade bath salts and take your bathing experience up a notch.

Research and test all new ingredients before applying them to your skin. Consult a healthcare professional before using bath salts if you have any underlying health conditions.

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