A warm soak in the tub is a great way to unwind after a long day’s work. Bath salts make the time more enjoyable because you get to enjoy relaxing aromas while soaking and they don’t cost a fortune. In fact, you can easily make your own bath salts at home.
Why use bath salts?
Bath salts are good for exfoliation and for adding another dimension to an otherwise boring, albeit relaxing soak. Since salts have a mild abrasive quality, you can easily remove dead skin cells and come out of the bath with smoother skin. You can easily smooth rough soles and elbows with a 30 minute soak and come out smelling fabulous to boot.Bath salts smell good and it’s common to find bath salts with aromatherapy benefits to help you relax, concentrate or meditate.
How to Make Your Own Homemade Bath Salts
You can create your own bath salts using epsom and sea salt and a few drops of essential oils. You can divide your salts so you can have salts of different aromas if you want to alternate scents from one night to the next. Lavender, apple, cinnamon and virtually any other aroma that strikes your fancy can be used to add to your salt. Mix the salt and the oil in a glass bowl and pour into a container with a gooo seal. Use a glass jar if you do not want your container to warp. There are some essential oils that warp plastic, although not all have this effect.
You can add baking soda as a water conditioner and skin softener. A pinch of cornstarch will help give the water a velvety feel. You can also add crushed rose petals or lavender leaves for a natural scent, and food or soap coloring to add more variety to your bath salts. These can serve as great gifts as well and you didn’t even have to spend a dime!
Choosing Your Scents
Scents are what makes bath salts so appealing. If you are making your own, you have the freedom to choose whatever essential oil you like, according to the effect you want to have. If you want to have more focus and a clearer head, use essential oils like citrus and peppermint which have strong, clean and invigorating scents. If you want something to help you relax and lull you to sleep, you can use bath salts infused with lavender or rose, which are soft, light scents.
Using Your Bath Salts
Add your salts just before you go into the tub. Add them too early and the aroma will evaporate before you get the chance to soak in them and really enjoy the scent. Do not place the mixtures directly into small containers once you have mixed the salts and the oils together. Let it sit overnight in a covered bowl and mix together again in the morning to loosen the grain and air it out some more before you pour the salts into their jars. Two spoonfuls of the salt is often enough for a regular-sized bathtub.