Saturday, 5 February 2011

Homemade Bath Salts

The making of bath salts at home could never be easier or simpler: the wide variety of essential oils and salts and thier easy reach lends itself beautifully to this purpose.

The basic ingredients of homemade bath salts include salt and scent. There are various salts available on the market today but a mix of sea salts and Epsom salts works best. The scent is added by the essential oil. An air tight container is required to keep the salts fresh.

Homemade bath salts can also be made from a variety of other granules as well. Ground oatmeal for example works well and is a wonderful soothing treatment for the skin.

If a person suffers from a stuffy nose, a bath is a great way to clear it. Adding flower petals, baking soda and essential oils such as peppermint can be very effective.

Milk baths were common in ancient times – we all know that Cleopatra liked to bathe in milk – and for good reason, they are great for the skin. Milk-based homemade bath salts can be made by adding powdered milk to your mix of essential oils and salts.

Perhaps you plan to use the homemade bath salts to bathe your feet. This offers welcome relief to tired feet but it also great for clearing infections such as athlete’s foot. For bath salts of this type, it’s necessary to add tea tree oil and peppermint to the mix.

A basic recipe includes two cups of salt and a half an ounce of the essential oil of choice. This basic recipe can be adapted to create a wide range of homemade bath salts.

The important thing is to mix them very well and as mentioned, keep them in an air tight container. Once the damp gets into this mix, it becomes soggy and useless. But if kept fresh, the resulting bath salt will last for weeks.

The best thing about homemade bath salts is that because of the variety of salts and scents available, it is possible to make a different bath salt for every day of the week!

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Mansalt said...

Thanks for your insights on homemade bath salts. I have never found the perfect ingredients for making my own homemade bath salt.

Crystal Manley said...

I tried making these bath salts for my own. And when I gave some to a handyman in Louisville KY, he gave it to his daughter and was asking where he bought it! Looks like a client for you soon!