Homemade Bath Salts - How to Make Your Own Bath Salts

Do you wish to learn how to make homemade bath salts? Here is a basic guide to help you along.

Climbing into a hot bath with homemade aromatherapy bath salts is probably the best way to end a hectic, stressful day.

You can luxuriate in the fresh scented smells that drift past your nose, while your body rejuvenates and your skin is naturally moisturized. This experience is especially heightened if you create your own bath salts at home using some basic ingredients and a small amount of initiative.

Your basic ingredients for homemade bath salts are:

  • Epsom salts or sea salt (use both if you enjoy a more substantial consistency)
  • baking soda
  • food coloring (preferably natural)
  • glycerin, which you add according to the quantity you are preparing
  • essential oils

Epsom or sea salt will give the homemade bath salts a granular feel, and it dissolves easily in hot or warm water so you are not left with rough granules which lie at the bottom of the tub. The baking soda is to add extra fizz to the mixture for a holistic experience of bubbles gently massaging your skin.

Food coloring will color the salts to make the whole package look attractive, and many different shades can be created by mixing various colors. The glycerin is a natural moisturizer and will leave your skin feeling smooth and hydrated, especially in the dry winter months. Using a combination of different essential oils will enable the bath salts to release aromas that help your mind, body and soul to heal, repair and relax.

The ideal combination for homemade bath salts is 1 cup of Epsom salts, mixed with 1/4 cup sea salt and 2 or 3 teaspoons of baking soda. Only a few drops of glycerin are needed to get the maximum effect of moisture from the bath salts. Mix in the desired amount of food coloring, bearing in mind that the concentration of the food coloring is strong, so you only need to add a few drops at a time.

You are now ready to add the essential oils to your homemade bath salts. Each essential oil has a specific purpose, so be sure to add the right essential oils to gain the right effect. Here is a list of the most popular essential oils and their respective purposes and properties.

Sage Essential Oil

  • antibacterial
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antispasmodic
  • astringent
  • digestive
  • diuretic
  • emmenagogue
  • febrifuge
  • hypertensive
  • laxative
  • stomachic and tonic antiseptic

    Tea Tree Essential Oil

  • abscesses
  • acne
  • asthma
  • athlete's foot
  • blemishes
  • bronchial congestion
  • burns
  • catarrh
  • cold sores
  • coughs
  • cystitis
  • dandruff (scalp)
  • diaper rash
  • genital infections
  • genito-urinary system
  • gingivitis
  • glandular fever
  • herpes
  • immuno-stimulant
  • infections and infected wounds - wards off and fights them
  • influenza
  • oily skin
  • revive one's mind as well as body after suffering shock
  • sinusitis
  • sunburn
  • tuberculosis
  • vaginal thrush
  • warts
  • whooping cough

    Lavender Essential Oil

  • analgesic
  • anti-convulsant
  • anti-depressant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-rheumatic
  • anti-septic
  • anti-spasmodic
  • anti-viral
  • bactericide properties
  • carminative properties
  • cholagogue
  • cicatrisant
  • cordial
  • cytophylactic
  • decongestant properties
  • deodorant
  • diuretic effects
  • emmenagogue
  • hypotensive properties
  • nervine
  • rubefacient
  • sedative properties
  • sudorific
  • vulnerary

    There are many more essential oils that can be used for any number of ailments, and all of them are a perfectly natural aid to reduce stress, calm the mind, and restore the body's natural rhythm.

    Once you have made up your homemade bath salts, pour them into a decorative bottle and give them to friends and family as gifts. Enjoy your bath!

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