Jun 29, 2009

Homemade Bath Salts & Soaks

After a stressful day of wedding planning, why not soak in some homemade bath salts made from natural ingredients (cinnamon, oatmeal, baking soda and powdered milk) found in your own kitchen pantry? A tub full of hot water with a cup or two of Epsom Salts is known for relaxing muscles and drawing toxins from the body. The reason? They are made of the mineral magnesium sulfate - a sedative for the nervous system. When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, it reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient and exfoliator. And unlike everything else you and I buy in pretty little packages to soothe our skin, you can pick up a four pound bag of Epsom Salt for less than three dollars at your neighborhood Walmart.

Before mixing the recipes, make sure that any herbs or oatmeal added are first ground finely (use a food processor if possible).

Mix the ingredients well, store in airtight plastic containers or sterilized jars (such as mason jars or pretty jam jars). Shake the jar well before using. Add anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup to your bath and enjoy!

Cinnamon Soak

1 cup powdered milk
1 cup baking soda
3 TBS cornstarch
2 TBS cream of tartar
1 1/2 TBS cinnamon

Soothing Bath Soak

4 cups Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup sea salt
2 TBS dried herbs (finely ground)

Oatmeal and Cinnamon Milk Soak

1 1/2 cups powdered milk
3/4 cup baking soda
3/4 cup oatmeal (finely grind it first)
3 TBS cornstarch
2 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp cinnamon

Herbal Salts

1 1/2 cups Epsom salts
3/4 cup baking soda
3/4 cup dried herbs (finely ground)

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