Wondering how to make bath salts in the comfort of your own home? Fortunately for you, making bath salts is easy and inexpensive, and you can tailor your bath salts to be exactly how you like them. With a few simple instructions, you will understand the bath salt supplies and techniques needed to create your own instead of paying high prices at the salon.
Every bath salt mixture starts with the most important ingredient: salt. You may think there is only one choice for salt, but there are many different options for you to choose from. Some people like to make their salts using just one salt, but most like to mix and match salts to give their mixture a variety of textures. You can choose from Epsom salt, sea salt, Dead Sea salt, Icelandic geo-thermal brine salt or Hawaiian Red Salt. Many of these salts are known to have medicinal properties as well.
There are three kinds of colorants you can consider using in bath salts. You'll want to make sure the colors you purchase are non-staining and non-irritating. You can also use multi-colored salts, since several different colors of salts are available.
If you wish to add botanicals to your bath salts, consider packaging them in mesh or tea bags (you can buy empty tea bags at specialty tea stores) and then using your bath salts just like you would a tea bag. Botanicals can add color and scent to your salts, creating an aromatherapy effect. The following are botanicals that are safe to use in the bath and are pleasant and medicinal in their effects:
Botanicals and Essential Oil Fragrances You Should Not Use in Bath Salts
Basil, oregano, thyme, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and bay leaf are all botanical or essential oil fragrances that can be too irritating to be used in a bath salt. Your sensitivity level will determine which fragrances or botanicals you find soothing or irritating, so make sure you test your skin for sensitivity before immersing yourself in a bath enhanced with potentially irritating fragrances.
Essential Oils for Fragrances
Essential oils are available in bath and body shops, holistic stores and online through suppliers who work only with essential oil fragrances. These potent but natural fragrances are effective for aromatherapy products such as bath salts. They are available in a wide variety of scents.
Natural Moisturizers to Add to Your Salts
You'll want to add a natural moisturizer to your bath salts. The following oils are wonderful additions to any bath salt recipe:
Basic Bath Salt Recipe
2 cups sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
1 cup moisturizing oil
5-10 drops essential oils
1 cup baking soda
Combine ingredients, mix together and store for at least two days before using. Put a scoop into the bath and enjoy!
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