To help relieve general muscle aches and pains or just to relax and spoil yourself, bath salts are wonderful. Ever wanted to make your own? Now you can with some simple recipes.
Mix one cup of Epsom salts with 1/3 cup of sea salts, and 2/3 cup of baking soda. Then add .05 ml (about 20 drops) of your favorite essential oil. Mix well. In the bath add 1/4 cup of mixture and enjoy. I usually grind the salts, especially the Epsom salts with a mortar and pestle. It makes the salts a finer powder that mixes with the water quickly. It's not fun to sit on large granules in the tub that take a while to dissolve. You can also use a blender but be forewarned, the salts can damage the plastic blender container and it's not advisable to use the blender for any other use.
Mix 3 Tablespoons of sea salt and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil.
Mix 1 teaspoon of liquid glycerin, 1 drop of food coloring (optional), 1/2 teaspoon of essential (or fragrance) oil, and 2 cups of epsom salts.
Want some fizz in the tub? Make your own fizzing bath crystals. Mix 1/3 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup citric acid crystals, and 1 Tablespoon cornstarch. Make sure to store it in a dry place. Add 1/4 cup of the mixture to the tub and have fun.
Experiment with different oils for different needs and moods. Using more essential oil means you can use less of the salt mixture in the bath. Don't have any essential oil or can't due to allergies? Use vanilla extract as a substitute for the essential oil.
Once you're done with your bath, draining the tub helps keep your pipes clean. Baking Soda and salt are good for keeping your drains clean and the salts help to cut grease buildup.
Be sure to check with your doctor first before using. Some people with certain conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, circulatory problems, etc., may not be able to use bath salts or have a hot bath. Your primary health professional can help give you other options if a hot bath or salt bath is ill-advised.