Bath salts are a great way to add something special and luxurious to your bath. There are many different kinds for a variety of uses, such as tension relief, muscle aches, relaxation, and even energizing blends.
But no matter what kind you use, they all start with a basic recipe. Once you get this down, you can add any kind of scent or color you like to personalize for whatever use you desire. These are also great to give as a homemade present or as part of the ever-popular gift basket.
For a regular batch of basic bath salts, you will need the following ingredients:
1 cup Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
Essential oils and food coloring as desired
Gather the needed ingredients along with a medium bowl and a mixing spoon. Measure out the Epsom salts and baking soda, and combine in bowl using spoon. For an unscented, uncolored batch, this is all you need to do.
If you live in an area that is high in humidity or desire salts with an extra moisturizing affect, add two tablespoons of liquid glycerin. This is simply a by-product of soap, and can be found in most health food stores and even in some drug stores.
For scented salts, add two to three drops of your favorite essential oil, which can also be found at your local health food or alternative medicine store. These are highly concentrated, and so only a few drops are needed. Three drops is usually enough, but if you desire a stronger scent, you can always add more later. Just be careful to add too much too soon, or you will ruin your batch and have to start over. When adding essential oils to the mixture, be sure to stir vigorously to avoid lumps.
Food coloring is also highly concentrated. For the above mixture, four to five drops is usually plenty. But again, more can be added if you want your colors to be more vivid. A great way to personalize is to match the color to the tones found in your bathroom. This is an especially nice touch if giving as a gift, as it makes the receiver feel like you put extra personal thought into your gift.
If you are out of Epsom salts or can’t find any, you can also use sea salt or kosher salt. The recipe remains the same. This is an equal parts recipe, so if you have two cups of salts (no matter which kind), then an equal amount of baking soda must be used. You can combine the three types of salts if you like, as well. As long as you follow the rule of equal parts, you can’t go wrong.
To use the salts, run a bathtub full of hot water, adding two tablespoons of the mixture to the bath while the water is still running. More of less can be added, depending on the size of your tub. If giving as a gift, this is a good thing to write down either on the jar you put them in or on a small card to add to the packaging.To use the salts