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Please help me welcome Katie, from Delightfully Frazzled as my guest poster today. Katie Davis is a wife and mother of two munchkin boys (and a spoiled cat). She created and writes for the blog Delightfully Frazzled, where she shares her chaotic and joyous adventures of young motherhood. She enjoys Netflix documentaries, making up new recipes, crafting, people-watching, anime, and anything theatre. Without further ado, here is her easy to make bath salts recipe.
Wake up (to screaming, usually). Change some diapers. Make breakfast. Keep toddler away from anything hot (despite his objections) while making breakfast. Convince toddler to eat breakfast. Feed baby. Change some more diapers. Attempt to fill toddler’s morning with semi-educational play. Have a snuggle war (and try not to end up with a fat lip). Feed baby. Make toddler lunch. Feed baby again. Change more diapers. Attempt to clean and fold laundry during toddler’s nap. Read a book 23 times in a row. Feed baby. Endure some annoying kids show. Diffuse at least a few toddler tantrums. Lovingly enforce some “tummy time” with baby. Have a dance party or two. More diapers. Make dinner. Attempt to get toddler to eat dinner. Read some more books 15 or 20 times. Soothe a fussy baby. Try not to get doused during bath time. Soak up a few final toddler cuddles. Put toddler to bed. Change one more diaper. Bask in a few final baby smiles. Feed baby. Put baby to bed. Clean up from the day’s shenanigans. Blog my little heart out for an hour or so. Crash into bed– exhausted, but loving this life I live. Repeat the whole thing tomorrow.
Any of that sound familiar?
Being a mom is by far the most important, joyful, and rewarding role I have ever had. It’s also by far the most challenging. Taking care of my two little munchkins day-in and day-out is pretty much constant energy. Motherhood is this amazing phenomenon where everything I think about, everything I do, every decision I make is now based on these two little souls who depend on me. It’s such an honor to care for them. And it’s also exhausting! Most days, I forget that I also have a third person to take care of: myself!
If you’ve got some hard-working mommas on your Christmas list this year, give them the gift of some well-deserved self-love and relaxation. These natural, easy and affordable bath salt recipes can be whipped up in minutes, and they offer some awesome health benefits as an added bonus! If you’re a mom (or anyone in need of a little R&R), feel free to snag these recipes for yourself, too!
Every bath salt starts out the same: with salt, funny enough. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Epsom Salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, can be picked up at pretty much any convenience store for about a dollar. It has several benefits, including soothing aching muscles, restoring the body’s magnesium levels, and encouraging relaxation.
- Baking Soda both exfoliates the skin and opens up the pores to detoxify the bad stuff and absorb the good stuff.
- Airtight jar for storage. I’m personally a fan of mason jars, but anything tight-sealing will do.
- Food coloring (optional). Adding a little color can be a fun addition to your salts! Keep in mind that less is more when you’re adding liquid. Start with just one or two drops at a time and mix thoroughly.
Start out by mixing the salt and and baking soda at about a 2:1 ratio. This mixture can make a great relieving bath on its own, or it can serve as the base for any number of recipes!
The Fun Stuff
Once you’ve made the base, there are plenty of options to add fragrance, health benefits, and fun! I’ve listed a few of my favorite easy and inexpensive -=additions below.
- Essential oils. So many different essential oils have so many different health benefits, and most of them work amazingly paired with a bath salt. Add 5-10 drops of your favorite oils for the effect of your choice. Lavender is a soothing oil and my personal favorite to add to a bath. Chamomile is a comforting oil, and eucalyptus, lemongrass, and peppermint are all refreshing choices. (Please be aware that some essential oils are not recommended for pregnant/nursing women or children. Please do your research and consult your health professional with any questions.)
- Rose Petals. Roses aren’t just good for their beauty and sweet aroma. Rose oil also has some amazing benefits for beauty. It can help tighten pores, smooth wrinkles, balance the skin’s pH, and slowl the aging process. Add a few tablespoons of crushed dried rose petals (1 to 2 buds) to bath salts for a fragrant, enriching bath! (You can dry store-bought roses for this project, but be sure to rinse the flowers in a sink of cold water and a cup of white vinegar when they’re still fresh. This will eliminate pesticides or any chemical fertilizers that were used in the growing process.) I added a bit of red food coloring to mine for a soft pink color.
- Green Tea Detox Bath Soak. This one is a great way to both rejuvenate the skin and rid the body of toxins. Empty the contents of 3-5 bags of a natural green tea into the bath salt and mix thoroughly. (Be sure to check the ingredients of the tea first: make sure there aren’t any added chemicals that could be harmful.)
- Orange Zest. The miracles of citrus aren’t a secret: it can do everything from enhancing circulation to improving mood to serving as an disinfectant. The refreshing scent alone is enough to make for an enriching bath, not to mention the antioxidants and vitamins. Start out by washing a large orange (or a few small ones) in a vinegar rinse to clean off any chemicals that may be present. Then use a small grater to remove the zest of the peel. Wait for the juices to dry a bit, then mix it into the bath salt. (Since this recipe uses a fresh ingredient, it’s best if used within a month or so.)
Add the ingredient(s) of your choice to your base and mix thoroughly. Pour the bath salt into your jar and seal tightly. Add some decorative fabric, a cute label, or maybe a ribbon tied in a bow, and your gift is all set! The busy, hard-working women on your Christmas list will love receiving such a luxurious, fun, personal gift!
I agree that balt salts make the perfect gift. I added organic green tea and lavender essential oil to my bath salts. Lavender is most well known for its relaxing benefits, but it is also amazing for the skin. It is one of my most favorite oils. Thank you Katie for sharing! Find her at:
Baths are a great way to relax and the addition of bath salts helps to produce a chemical in the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Read more about the many benefits of epsom salts HERE. What is your favorite way to relax? Can’t wait to here from you!
Until next time,