How to Make Aromatherapy Bath Salts More Effective
Using bath salts is a time honored remedy to soak away aches, pains and more recently as part of an increasingly prevalent condition in modern day life, stress. There are many people with a favorite recipe for aromatherapy bath salts however we can make it more effective by using several healing ingredients instead of just one.
How to make aromatherapy bath salts
A general recipe for aromatherapy bath salts usually consists of only sea salt and an essential oil. For a more effective formula prepare 4 cups sea salt, 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup Epsom salts, ¾ teaspoon grapefruit or bergamot essential oil and ½ to ¾ cup dried herbs or flower petals depending on how strong you prefer the blend to be.
How to make aromatherapy bath salts is quite simple and does not take a lot of time. To start, mix the two kinds of salt in a large bowl. Most recipes only use sea salt or kosher salt but adding Epsom salts makes the soak more effective as it’s known to help soothe one’s muscles and lessen inflammation. Baking soda is mixed in to help ease skin irritation and soften the water. Take one cup of the mixed salt and baking soda then combine it with either the grapefruit or bergamot essential oil. Both these essential oils help reduce anxiety and stress. After combining the oil and salt we’ll add the rest of the salt and mix. Finally, put in the dried herbs or flower petals. Store in a glass jar and use several tablespoonfuls each soak.
A recipe for aromatherapy bath salts using different dried ingredients and oils are dependent on what ailments need to be addressed or preferences met. One can use different combinations of essential oils, herbs and flower petals like pharmacists use different chemicals to formulate medicines. Examples of dried ingredients one can use is Yarrow. It is known to treat eczema, reduce scars and exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. Another example is the Calendula flower and the herb Sage which promotes healing due to its antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Comfrey on the other hand can be used to assist in curing a variety of ailments from bronchial problems to sprains, arthritis and burns.
Essential oils on the other hand also help treat a number of illnesses as well as moisturize the skin. Avocado, jojoba and argan oil are known as effective skin moisturizers. Eucalyptus oil has long been used as a counter irritant. Another very popular choice is lavender oil which not only reduces stress but also promotes insomnia and healing. If you feel like you are coming down with the flu, lemon and rosemary oil could be used to boost the immune system and uplift one’s spirit. These herbs and oils are just a few examples of what can be used to make aromatherapy bath salts work more effectively for you as well as friends and family. Formulate several varieties for different ailments and situations. Remember to keep them in moisture proof containers so it will keep longer.