DIY Herbal Bath Salts
You may remember last week I was sharing my inspiration for a Galentine’s Gathering and I mentioned that we also did a little DIY Herbal Bath Salts Bar. Well this week I am sharing all the detail about what was inside of those sweet little gift bags and how we created a few of our own self care Bath Teas and Bath Salts for Valentine’s Day.So what exactly was inside of each of those little self care gift bags?
Some of the items were ready made aromatherapy oils, candles, hand creams and such. However there was a set of items that were ready for the entire DIY Bath Tea and Herbal Bath Salt Bar I created for the ladies to mix their own scents and brews for a few luxurious baths. So a little background of where this idea came from, about 10 years ago, I worked at wildly successful hair salon and spa, which is still in business today. For a brief stint I ran the front desk of the salon and was the Buyer/GM for a small shop next door called the Apothecaries Closet. The shop housed many popular spa and beauty products, like Oprah’s Favorites, Farmhouse Fresh, Thymes, and Seda France. During that time period we had mix your own scoopable holistic bath products and bath teas we sold in water porous sachets you could place into your tub. The idea is that the Epsom salt and other essential oils will be drawn into the water but the bits and pieces of all the herb will stay neatly a tidy in the sachet for disposal, so you are not left we a mess in your tub. Plus I am not huge fan of herb and leaves floating in the bathtub with me, I personally just do not like it.
What You Need Per Sachet Bag:
2 oz Epsom Salt
2 oz. Pink Sea Salt (optional)
1/2 -1 mL (about 10-20 drops) Essential Oil of Choice
1 Tbsp Dried Herbs
3 Tbsp Dried Petals
Here are a few of the essential oil fragrances we used to mix some of our scents. The key is to make sure you are using a pure, USDA Certified Organic oil.
- Lime-is an astringent, antiviral, antiseptic, and antibacterial, can be used to cure infections, reduce fever, and prevent signs of aging.
- Tea Tree– fights certain bacterial or fungal infections, including the dangerous MRSA bacteria, insect bites, and acne.
- Spearmint– used to soothe ailments such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, respiratory issues, skin problems, and cold symptoms.
- Rosemary-is known to reduce pain, soothe inflammation, eliminate headaches, strengthen the immune system, and condition hair.
- Grapefruit– used to reduce stress, enhances mood, stimulate circulation, treats oil skin and hair, increases energy, and improve digestion.
- Sage– eases the muscular and joint pain, spasms, eliminate toxins, promote relief for digestive complaints, address bacterial infections and calm skin conditions such as dermatitis.
For this DIY bar I used a Epsom Salt base. Epsom salt has been used for hundreds of years as and pain reliever and healing agent by being added to hot baths and foot soaks to reduce stress. The magnesium in Epsom salt can be absorbed through the skin, increasing magnesium levels in the body and releasing toxins out for the body. Epsom salt makes the perfect base to add natural dried herb I had grown in my very own herb garden this past year, which is organic as you can get. I also added in a few other fresher items like rose petals which will dry as the salt takes hold but are pretty for the moment. A few other great dried options for your mix in bar are:
- Mint (spearmint or peppermint)
- Citrus Zest (Orange, Lemon 0r Lime)
Growers Tip: For getting fresh or organic non treated herbs, This is also a great way to use any of your dried herb that you may have grown in your own garden.
I have a herb garden every year and harvest my herbs for multiple uses. Check out my post on the Herbivores Harvest for other great ideas along with my Vertical Herb Pallet Garden to see how I grown a lot of these fresh beauties in my own home. Which is about as organic as and pesticide free as you can get.
Another one of the DIY spa treatments we created together on my self care bar was a sugar lip scrub. This is a super easy to make beauty item and all you need is 2 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp honey and 2 tbsp olive oil. Literally everything in this mixture is edible so it is completely safe to put on your lips. If you wish to add a slight vanilla flavor you add vanilla bean pods to your sugar for week in an airtight jar to scent it.
Then you can place the scrub into the sweet little single portion jars for easy at home spa use. Since none of the ingredients need to be refrigerated it should keep just for a week or so if kept out of direct sunlight.
Here are a few other great DIY Herbal Bath Salts recipes for you satches:
2 oz Epsom Salt
2 oz. Pink Sea Salt Coarse
1/2 mL (about 10 drops) Rosemary Oil
1 Tbsp. Dried Lavender
2 Tbsp. Calendula Petals
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