Homemade bath salts is a gift that is both romantic, useful and will be well received. Best of all, it's really easy to make. If you are at all creative and can design a label for a jar, you can make your own homemade bath salts in very short order.
Benefits of Bath Salts
Bath salts sometimes call epsom salt contain magnesium, an important element in the assimilation of calcium in our bodies. In a sense Calcium and Magnesium are competitors in our bodies but both work best when there is sufficient supply of the other. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin when bathing in epsom salts. There are other therapeutic benfits of bathing in epsom salts, these include;
Improved heart and circulatory health and lower blood pressure.
Improved ability for the body to use insulin (helpful to diabetics).
Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells.
Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation.
Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and cramping.
Improved oxygen use.
Improved absorption of nutrients.
And these are just a few. Now add a little aroma therapy, a warm bath you have a winner.
How to Make Homemade Bath Salts
In a large bowl, preferably, glass or metal so they don't interact with the bath salts mixture. Stir together 2 cups of Dead Sea Salt or Epsom Salt Side Note: Table Salts won't work, counter to what the intention of bath salts, table salts dry out skin!) Sometimes salt from the dead sea or other places my have dark pieces of matter that may have slipped through during processing. Remove the pieces so you have a clean bowl of salt. The next step is to add 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda to soften skin followed by 10-12 drops of your chosen favorite essential oil. Here are a couple of suggestions;
For soothing and healing, try Lavender
If you want to be refreshed and invigorate, try Eucalyptus
For a soothing feeling try Vanilla
For something cheerful try grapefruit
Jasmine essential oil is both sensual and romantic.
Sometimes color can add to the look and packaging. If you choose, you can also add a small amount of food coloring. Keep your choices in line with the choice of oil. Meaning don't color grapefruit scented salts with blue coloring. Try a yellow or pink color.
The next step is to stir the salt for about two minutes. This allows the scent to propagate through the salt. Pour the mixture into a fancy jar and attach the lids.
Packaging Your Homemade Bath Salts
Of course you'll need to put your salts in something. There are a couple ways to go, you can put the salts in plastic bags or glass jars.
For plastic bags, I'd stay away from sandwich style baggies, it can kind of look cheap. You can got to most craft stores and find plastic bags that are both colorful and stylish. If you must use a sandwich bag, at least put on a decorative label.
The next more popular option is a glass jar. Suggestions include baby food jars, old spaghetti sauce jars, mason jars or jelly/jam/fruit preserves containers. You can also go to some of the discount stores for close out specials.
The Finishing Touch
The finishing touch is a personalized label and a bow for the top of the jar to decorate your gift. If you are feeling more creative, you can paint your own designs on the glass. Have some fun. Make it thematic related to the salts or the personality of the recipient(s).
Last Suggestion, don't forget to save a little of your scented homemade bath salts for yourself ...after all your hard work you deserve a little R & R yourself.