Need some relaxation, some down-deep thawing of frozen extremities, some relief from soreness or tired muscles?
It might be time for a nice, hot soak!
Because the way our bathrooms are situated, I’m usually a quickie-shower gal, but whenever I have time and access, I love a long, fragrant hot soak in the bathtub. Candles, music, phone off the hook, the works… it’s one of the more basic and affordable luxuries to be had right at home.
About a year ago, I ran across the “recipe” for homemade bath salts, and it was so easy I decided to give it a try. My skin is very sensitive to detergents and certain fragrances, but seems to do fine with sea salts and such, so I gave this a try, and really loved its ease and end result.
Here’s the simple formula:
1 cup sea salt (not iodized regular table salt)
1 cup epsom salts
2 teaspoons baking soda (optional, for skin softness)
10 or more drops your favorite essential oil
That’s really how simple it is!
(After a nice soak in salts, I usually do a quick shower rinse.) The bath salts don’t produce any bubbles, so if you want them just add your favorite foaming gel or sudsing soap.
Or you might do like my Grandma and add a squirt of Palmolive liquid dish soap we used as bubble bath when we were at her house as kids ( “Madge, I soaked in it,” indeed). She had a hard time getting me out of that warm bathwater after I’d filled it with a lot of hot water and drifts of suds. (the bubbles were great for pretending we had old man beards or bodacious bosoms, ha!)
Water temps should be monitored for anyone with a physical condition it might aggravate…possible cautions are in place for those with heart or vascular conditions, blood pressure issues, pregancy, etc…according to your own doc’s recommendations.
Personally, I love my water as hot as comfort will allow
Anyway, the epsom salts/sea salt combination is wonderful for detoxifying the skin and really taking the ache out of sore muscles…there’s almost nothing like a warm soak in them before bedtime, sipping a favorite beverage and bundling up clean and fragrant and relaxed. Playing around with the choices of essential oils is the fun part of stirring up these bath salts…last year I made patchouli (you either love it or hate it) for a friend and peppermint for my daughter. With my next batches, I’d like to layer more herbal scents, citrus, green tea in the future.
Do you have a favorite fragrance? Happy soaking!
Oh yes…and Happy New Year!