After Steve being sick for the better part of the last month, and then the three kiddos and I getting sick last week, I was doing anything and everything in my power to make us feel better. One thing that really seemed to help were warm baths, and I figured why not add something to the bath water that can help us to feel better still.
I mixed up a batch of these fizzing bath salts, and they spelled sinus relief for us, but there is nothing saying you can’t change up the essential oils to make your bath salts more relaxing or invigorating, whatever you need and want to do with them.
The fizz in these bath salts is created by the chemical reaction between regular old baking soda (what most of us have on hand for baking and/or cleaning) and citric acid (available in the canning section of your grocery store or online). Think back to the vinegar and baking soda volcanoes that you made in elementary school; it is the same idea with these salts.
For the salt portion, I like plain Epsom salt, but you can use any combination of Epsom salt, sea salt, or both.
1/4 cup citric acid
1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup Epsom salt
20-30 drops of essential oil
In a bowl, mix together your dry ingredients. Add 20-30 drops of the essential oils of your choice. For the cold/sinus relief bath salts, I used a combination of eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, & lavender oils. Stir up the mixture.
If you want to tint your bath salts, you can add 1-5 drops of skin-safe cosmetic grade coloring (found with the soap making supplies in the craft store). Incorporate the coloring into your salt mixture.
Place your bath salts in an air tight jar. At bath time, add a handful or two of your bath salts to the warm bath water.
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