Bathing is at least as therapeutic as going to see a psychologist for an hour. Much cheaper too. Add half a cup of bath salts and you get the healing benefits of magnesium, such as exfoliating the skin and relieving muscle pain, just to name a few.
Bath salts are the kind of DIY project any beginner can try, and what makes them fun is the amount of variation and customization you can add by adjusting two small variables: scent and color. If you like aromatherapy, go ahead and choose your scents based on their function. However, feel free to be more whimsical about your choices and just wear what smells good.
When choosing colors, you can easily stick with one color for the entire batch, or you can split the salt in half and create a layered effect with two colors. Have fun and don't be afraid to try something new.
Gather ingredients and materials
Believe it or not, you probably already have most of the ingredients you need in your kitchen or bathroom cupboard:
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup of sea salt
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 15 combined drops of lavender and orange essential oils
- Optional: food coloring or soap
- Mini mason jars or other cute jars
Add food coloring and fragrance
Mix the salt and soda together
If you use traditional food coloring, you will only need about five drops. (The color of the soap, which you will find in craft stores, will be less intense, so you will need more, about 15 drops). Use a spoon to feel the clumps so that the color blends into all of the salt. Then if you want a more vibrant color, add more.
When it comes to fragrances, play games. You can use lavender and orange because the combination is calming and refreshing. If you are mixing scents, you should smell both bottles simultaneously, to make sure the combination is good.
Note: Some essential oils should not be ingested directly by pregnant women or babies under three months, so be sure to read the labels.
Bottle and enjoy
You can buy specialty bottles for this if you are going formal or using mismatched mason jars for a more rustic feel. Both options can be found in craft, hardware and dollar stores. To dress them up as a gift, try wrapping some string around the jar and adding a gift tag with a special note.
Alternatively, add some dried flowers to the mix for that special touch. These can be found in craft and health food stores.