Showers are fine for getting a quick clean (and for saving water, of course), but every now and then I love the absolute indulgence of a big bath and to make it even more special, I like to add a little something extra to the water…what can be better than to sink into a relaxing herbal bath and soak in the infused therapeutic salts?
And who knew making herbal bath salts were this easy and this much fun!
- Sea Salt (coarse) – soothing
- Epsom Salts – detoxifying
- Bicarbonate of Soda (baking soda) – relieve muscle aches and tension
Choose whichever combination of dried herbs you have and feel will work according to their therapeutic properties, or have a look at some tried and tested recipes.
- Essential Oils
Again, you can make up your own recipes (take note of essential oil properties or consult an aromatherapist if you are unsure) or try recipes from books, the internet etc. Make sure your essential oils compliment your chosen herbs (e.g. don’t use an invigorating essential oil if you use calming herbs in your blend).
Mix together your salts, herbs and essential oils, let stand to blend for a week or two in a cool dry place and then use. You can, if you don’t like herbs and flower petals floating around in your bath, add the bath salts in a muslin sachet to the bath rather than directly to the water.
I made three different blends today – one calming, one soothing and one invigorating:
- Calming Lavender
- Soothing “triple C”
Mix 1 cup of coarse sea salt with 2 tbsp of epsom salts and 1 tbsp baking soda. Add 1/4 cup calendula petals, some chamomile flowers and 1 tbsp of comfrey leaves. You can add chamomile essential oil to this blend, or mandarine essential oil.
This is a blend of herbs specifically chosen to be soothing to the skin.
- Invigorating Spiced Bath Salt
Mix 1 cup of coarse sea salt with 2 tbsp of epsom salts and 1 tbsp baking soda. Add 20g Rosemary, 20g Aniseed, 10g Cloves, 5g Black Peppercorns (whole or slightly crushed) and 10g Peppermint leaves. Add 5 drops rosemary pure essential oil (*) and 5 drops peppermint essential oil.
Best for a morning bath or before you go out for a night on the town as the herbs and spices have a wake-up effect on the body.
(*) Do not use rosemary pure essential oil if you suffer from high blood pressure or if you are pregnant.
Mix 1 cup of coarse sea salt with 2 tbsp of epsom salts and 1 tbsp baking soda. Add 1/4 cup lavender blossoms and 10-15 drops of lavender pure essential oil.
This is an all round relaxing and calming bath blend. Perfect for just before going to bed.