Creating your own bath salts is a terrific way to enjoy aromatherapy at home. Surprisingly, bath salts are very affordable to make and include no harsh ingredients. In fact, the main ingredients in bath salts include baking soda, table salt and epsom salt. Each of these are commonly found in most shops or can be bought online and are safe to use. Many bath products found on the high street contain harsh ingredients that can irritate the skin. The advantage to creating your own bath salts is that you know which ingredients are going into your product and you can have peace of mind in knowing that they are safe to use.
Individuals can make their own aromatherapy bath salts by starting with a large mixing bowl and a spoon or other similar utensil. The next step is to add 3 cups of Epsom Salt, 2 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of Himalayan Pink salt into the mixing bowl. You can literally measure with a small cup, or if you prefer, use tablespoons as a measurement. One cup equals approximately 15 tablespoons.
Once each of the ingredients are added, begin mixing them with your hand or the spoon. Once mixing is complete, you can slowly add food colouring to the mixture if you wish. Normal food colouring will work fine and should be added according to the colour that you prefer your bath salts to be. Adding more drops will darken the colour and adding fewer will make it softer. Some individuals enjoy mixing the colours in order to get a unique hue, but this mixing should be experimented with prior to placing the colouring into the mixing bowl with your other ingredients, so you know you will get the colour you want.
The final step is to add essential oils until the desired scent is achieved. The best way to determine when the scent is perfect is simply by using your own judgement. Bath salts should be strongly scented in order to allow for less salts to be required for each bath, which will enable them to last longer.
Using the steps and ingredients as noted above, you can also use a bowl with a lid and shake the mixture, food colouring and essential oils until it is perfectly blended. This simply saves a bit of time, though I think it can be quite cathartic stirring all the ingredients together.
Whilst you are stirring you could also say a mantra or prayer or even put healing into your bath salts, if you are an energy practitioner.
Another lovely touch, is to add flower petals, either from your own garden or you can order dried petals online.
You then need to decide what kind of container you want to put your bath salts into. Plastic bottles reduce the risk of being broken but glass bottles do add an elegant touch. I personally prefer glass containers, with a bamboo lid which has a rubber seal. You can also buy clip open glass lids, which have a seal.
During bath time I use 2 large scoops in my bathwater. I recommend soaking for a good 20 minutes to gain the most benefit from your Epsom soak. Enjoy!