Friday, February 8, 2013

DIY Gifts: Bath Salts

Recently, in the midst of doing some detox research (I credit/blame Dr. Oz), I read an article about the benefits of Epsom salts, which actually isn’t salt but a mixture of magnesium and sulfate. Turns out there are tons of benefits that go way past detoxing. Learn more here.

After my reading, I decided to make a batch of bath salts for myself and my friends. It is a really easy process and I am a big fan of any gift that promotes relaxation. For my bridal shower, I had a spa theme. We even had a masseuse on site. The favors for the party were an eye mask, earplugs and scented bath salts in pretty glass jars. I decided to use the same jars I used then and get to work. Here's what you need:

Coarse sea salt
Epsom salts
Baking soda
Food coloring
Essential oils
Glass jars w/ a stoppered lid

In a large bowl, mix to combine: 6 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts Epsom salts, to soothe tired muscles and reduce inflammation; and 1 part baking soda, to soften waters and alleviate skin irritation. Add a few drops of essential oils, and combine. Add a few drops of food coloring, until you achieve the desired shade. If you intend to present the bath salts as gifts, be sure to store them in a stoppered container to keep out moisture.

  The ombre effect is from keeping some salts white. I also went very light by adding only a drop of food coloring. The blue option in my food coloring packet is more teal than blue so I only used a scant amount for the effect I wanted. If you want darker color, just add more food coloring. For essential oils on this one, I chose eucalyptus and peppermint oil. It's awesome if you're congested. Clears you right up. For my next batch, I'll use purple food coloring and lavendar oil. Lavendar is relaxing and helps with sleep.