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DIY Bath Salts: Bathing for grown folks

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Self-care can be luxurious, but it shouldn’t be a luxury. There are a ton of simple things we can do to relax, reclaim our time, and reset our energy without breaking the bank. One of my favorites is taking a bath. It may sound simple for some (taking a bath) but when you’re a mom or a person who works in the evenings, or both (like myself!), having the opportunity to take a long bath is a treat. I mean, let’s be real, when you have a toddler at home a quick shower is a treat!

In all seriousness, taking a bath is about a lot more than cleansing your skin. Our bodies are mostly made of water, that’s why we are encouraged to drink plenty of it. Soaking in it is also extremely beneficial.

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  • Hot Bath

    • Immersing your chest in the water during a hot bath allows steam to clear your sinuses.

  • Warm Bath

    • Taking a warm bath will make your heart beat faster, giving it a healthy “mini” workout.

    • Bathing in warm water can increase levels of serotonin, a chemical associated with happiness and well-being.


DIY

The benefits of bathing can be amplified by adding salts, oils, and other natural ingredients. Its also a nice way to jazz up your current bathing routine. The simplest Bath Salt recipes have two main components, salt + essential oil. A DIY bath salt is fun, easy, and customizable. You can keep it simple with the two main components or make it fancy with optional* add ins and flowers. Below is a recipe to get you started.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of bath salt (less if adding flowers)

  • 10-20 drops of essential oil ( 1 oil or a blend)

Optional:

  • Flowers*

  • Other tub add ins*

  • Bath Tea bag*

Instructions:

  1. Add salt & oil to a bowl or ziplock bag

  2. Shake/stir vigorously to mix

  3. *Add flowers last and mix gently to avoid crumbling petals

  4. Pour mixture into a container with lid for storage.

Directions for use:

  1. Pour ⅓ to ½ of the salt mixture directly into bath water

  2. Soak for at least 20 minutes

  3. Live your best life.

*If using a bath tea bag, pour ⅓ to ½ cup of the floral Bath Salt into the bag, tie, and hook over your tap while you run your bath. Let the water flow through the tea bag. When you’re done running the water, you can drop the bag into the tub like you’re steeping tea.*


Salt

When most people think about bath salts, their mind goes straight to Epsom salt. Dead Sea salt and Himalayan Pink salt are natural alternatives that provide as many benefits as Epsom salt. Their minerals, like magnesium, help to improve many skin conditions. If you aren’t able to take a bath routinely, it’s worth it to take a salt bath at least occasionally.

  • $ Epsom Salt: Epsom salt is a synthetic compound known as magnesium sulfate. People use it to ease health problems, such as muscle soreness and stress. It's also affordable, easy to use.

  • $$ Dead Sea salt: If you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, the Dead Sea salt can help. Dead Sea salt is found to have a good effect on inflammation which explains why bathing in it is considered a remedy for rheumatoid arthritis.

  • $$$ Himalayan pink salt: This salt is rich in sodium. Adding Pink Himalayan salt to your bath creates electrolyte balance, improves hydration, prevents muscle cramping, maintains the pH of the body, and improves libido (bow chicka wow wow).


Essential Oils

Adding essential oils to bath salts boost their healing power and may also help with relaxation, improving sleep, mental clarity, energy,  and congestion. You can stick with one oil at a time (lavender tends to be the most popular!), buy a pre-made blend, or blend your own. Be sure to read any warnings that may be on the oil, since some oils can be irritating or harmful to the skin.

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Popular Oil Blends:

  • Premenstrual/Hormonal

    • Peppermint Oil + Chamomile Oil + Sandalwood Oil

    • Clary Sage Oil + Chamomile Oil + Lavender Oil + Geranium Oil

  • Relax

    • Lavender Oil + Bergamot Oil

    • Geranium Oil + Lavender Oil + Rose Oil

    • Vetiver Oil + Clary Sage Oil + Juniper Berry Oil

  • Mental Clarity

    • Lemon Oil + Rosemary Oil

    • Sage Oil + Mint Oil + Tea Tree Oil

    • Lavender Oil + Jasmine Oil + Thyme Oil + Sandalwood Oil

  • Sinus Relief

    • Eucalyptus Oil + Peppermint Oil

  • Energize

    • Spearmint Oil + Rosemary Oil

    • Sweet Orange Oil +  Grapefruit Oil

    • Orange Oil  + Clove Oil + Cedarwood Oil + Lemon Oil


Flowers

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Adding dried flowers can set the mood for a beautiful bathing experience. If you don’t want to clean the flowers out of the tub after your bath, you can put your salt mixture into a porous bath tea bag instead.

  • Calendula: reduces redness, itching, and inflammation. Soothes dry skin.

  • Chamomile: calms nerves, soothes skin, improves sleep, and relieves pain

  • Cornflower: lessens anxiety, eases joint and muscle stiffness, and soothes irritated skin

  • Jasmine: enhances mood and refreshes skin

  • Lavender: calms nerves, soothes skin, improves sleep, enhances mood, and relieves pain

  • Rose Buds/Petals: relaxes your body and rejuvenates your skin


Other Add Ins

  • Baking Soda: Adding a mixture of equal parts baking soda and sea salt assists in skin detoxification and soothing itchy skin.

  • Food-Grade Hydrogen Peroxide: This gentle bath is antibacterial, antiviral, and cleansing. Add six ounces of hydrogen peroxide to a hot bath and soak for 20–30 minutes.

  • Unprocessed Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar baths can restore a natural pH level to the skin and hair. It helps combat bacteria, fungal overgrowth, and is helpful with vaginal and bladder infections. Apple cider vinegar baths are soothing to the skin, alleviate itching, and decrease sunburn discomfort. Use 2–4 cups in a hot bath.


If you enjoy a good ole DIY project like myself, I hope you have as much fun coming up with your recipe as you do using it! If you don’t take baths often but you still want to try making a bath salt of your own, consider using it for a foot soak. Add your bath salt to a bucket of warm water and place your feet inside. This will not only relax your body but also help with swollen feet/ankles (this was my go to during pregnancy!).

If you’re not into DIY projects, you can buy a premade bath salt mixture and still reap all the aforementioned benefits. Check out our floral bath salt made with: dead sea salt, pink Himalayan salt, rose petals, lavender flowers, and essential oil blends. We even have a fun personality quiz to help you figure out which blend would be best for you.

Lastly, when it comes to self care, it’s ok to be “extra”. We go the extra mile for others, do it for yourself as well. Set the ambiance by:

  • Bringing a cup of tea or a glass of wine to enjoy.

  • Bathing by candlelight.

  • Playing soothing music (Spotify has a Relax in the Bath playlist). If you use your phone to play the music, put it on airplane mode to avoid the beeps, buzzes, and dings.

  • Bringing a book or use the quiet time to meditate.

  • Locking the door. If the house isn’t on fire, no one should disturb you.

Come back and comment to let us know what recipe you come up with!

Wellness is dope,

Shannon

Founder & CEO, Welstand Boutique