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Make Exfoliating Bath Salts

Updated on March 1, 2013

Bath Salt

In a large bowl, mix these three ingredients together thoroughly, and in the following proportions:

· 3 parts Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate)

· 2 parts baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

· 1 part borax (or Course Kosher Salt)

Mix thoroughly.This is now the base from which you can create a wide variety of bath salts.

Bath Salts Base Mix

I’m a licensed massage therapist so I know that most bath salts you buy at the market today come with chemical additives. These are the basic ingredients to make your own natural bath salt base.

Once the base is made we’ll talk about adding scent and storing the salts, allowing them to age and the scents to mix. Adding color to your bath salt base adds the color’s energy to the mix, and is also a way to increase the pleasure of use. There has been much research on the effect of different colors on our mood and our mental state.

To find out about color visit my Basic Color Meanings Hub, there is a link to this Hub below.

Empowering Your Bath Salts

Use drops of plain food coloring to add the power of colors to the salt base until you have the color you want, dark or light. If two or more colors are required to mix an exotic hue that you don’t have, like purple, (sometimes food coloring is very basic) mix these in a spoon first and then add drops to the salts to avoid creating two-toned bath salts. Mix with a non-metal spoon until the color is evenly distributed.

See "Basic Color Meanings" Hub to decide which color you want to use.

Add Essential Oil

The essential oils you find in most markets have very little of the actual essential oil in the product. Products always list ingredients of greatest quantity first, so as you get further down the ingredient list the less of that component there is in the product. Use only pure essential oils.

Add them drop-by-drop (after I’ve told you how many to start with), one ingredient at a time, until the scent seems right. Mix with a non-metal spoon until all salt particles are moistened, which could take ½ hour or more). Until you get more practical experience and learn more about how to mix essential oils, use only one essential oil at a time.

Fine Lavender

A primo essential oil for relaxation is ‘fine lavender’, officially known as “Lavandula angustifolia” and it grows in the mountains of France. Here is one sample mixture you can use:

Start simple and remember that less becomes more with essential oils. You make the basic mixture of ¾ cup Epsom Salt, ½ cup Baking Soda, ¼ cup Borax or Kosher Salt = a mixture of 1 ½ cups bath salts. Start with 8 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix this with a non-metal spoon at least ½ hour – ¾ hour or until all salt particles are moistened. Now you can use the mixture immediately or store it in an air-tight container for 2 – 4 weeks. If you decide to store it, shake it up once a week to mix the ingredients and make the scent stronger.


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      8 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      keep up the good work!


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