Homemade bath salts are a great way to pamper yourself while detoxifying your body. Bath salts (dry) and salt scrubs (with added emollient) will open your pores, increase circulation, stimulate lymphatic function, and draw out toxins. Salt blends also soften your skin, relax tense muscles, and alleviate stress.
Beauty benefits of Epsom Salt
Epsom Salt is a pure mineral compound (magnesium sulfate) in crystal form that gently exfoliates skin and smoothes rough patches. It also provides magnesium which has been shown to ease stress, relax muscles, relieve soreness, lower blood pressure and generally create a happy, relaxed feeling with raise energy levels …
I was recently at a MOPS group meeting and we made colored, scented, moisturizing bath salts. Here’s how we did it:
To mix things up you could add:
Essential oils – spearmint, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, petitgrain, and rosewood.
Mix in - powdered milk, baking soda, cornstarch, ground oatmeal. All of these are skin softening.
Herbs - rosemary, basil leaves, comfrey leaves, rose petals, calendula flowers.
- Store in airtight plastic containers or sterilized jars (such as mason jars or small & pretty jam jars). Shake the jar well before using.
- Unless otherwise noted, you can add as little or as much as you like to the bath…anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup should be plenty.
- If you like fragrant soaks, try mixing in a few drops of your essential oils or perfumes. I wouldn’t do this with recipes that contain dried herbs or spices already.