Whether you're creating a special fizzy bath bomb to gift or making several customized to your own needs, bath bombs and salts are a simple tool on the path to radical #selfcare.
Admittedly, bathing seems like a time luxury I feel I don't often have but I am committing to make that weekly investment in small #rituals of self-care to better navigate my health this winter and I'm EXCITED about it!
Benefits of regular soaks
Bathing can provide time for you to connect with your body and moments of breath and silence to really connect with how you're feeling and appreciate even more benefits. Whether you use an epsom salt mixture to soak or have a little fun with a bath bomb, you mind and body are going to thank you for these benefits ...
Reduce stress and improve sleep by introducing magnesium
Reduces soreness and pain
Soothes the skin
A beautiful self-care ritual to detox radiation from our fast-paced, electronic world
Promotes deeper breathing and relaxation that supports emotional health & healing
Making your own epsom salt soaks are VERY easy and in-expensive. Always add essential oils to your base and not to the water as the salts will help the oils incorporate into the water without floating on top. Soak for at least 20 minutes and don't worry about rinsing after. You can add dried flowers for beauty but they do make for more clean up and you'll probably want to rinse ;)
Aesthetically, layering the different ingredients looks beautiful and you can simply mix well when you're running the tub. Here's my base and favorite recipe to release tension ...
This is a GREAT ratio of #epsomsalts, baking soda (found the BEST deal at Costco for a BIG bag), and sea salt. You can adjust for your preference but all three work together synergistically with the essential oils. You can sub out the recipe oils with your favorite doTERRA oils, too, like lavender, copaiba, black spruce, #Balance, or Serenity.
If you're feeling a little more creative and have some molds, bath bombs are a blast to make though there are a few tips to create balls that hold together and fizz.
Make sure you have a glass jar ready to store your bombs to preserve the aroma until you're ready to use them. Beeswax wraps also do a great job preserving the aroma and are reusable.
Make sure you have enough molds and make batches all at once.
Make a base and separate into bowls and then add essential oils if you're making bombs with different aromas. You'll also want to store bombs with different essential oils in different containers to keep their potency.
2 cups baking soda
1 cup citric acid - many health food stores and grocery stores sell citric acid
15-20 drops essential oil(s) of choice
100% pure witch hazel in spray bottle
Mold (plastic, silicone, or metal - contact me for metal molds ;)
Optional ... natural coloring (I've had great success with mica powder and beet root powder )
*makes 3 large or up to 10 small
In a large bowl, combine baking soda and citric acid.
If using, add ½ teaspoon natural coloring and mix well.
Stir in essential oils.
Spray the entire surface of the mix with witch hazel and mix with hands. Continue to spray and mix rapidly until the mixture holds together.
Quickly press the mixture into desired mold, making sure it is firmly packed. Let mixture set in mold for 20–30 seconds. Gently tap the mold to release bath bombs.
Let dry for 30 minutes or until they are firm and do not fall apart.
Lavender & Eucalyptus for a sophisticated combo that's great for respiration
doTERRA Serenity® to promote relaxation with cedarwood and lavender
Lemon & Madagascar Vanilla for the yummiest aroma from the best spas
Citrus Bliss for an uplifting citrus combo with a hint of vanilla like a cream-sicle
Fizzy Bath Bombs
These are super fun and make a really neat project for kids.
1 cup citric acid
1 cup baking soda
½ cup cornstarch
½ cup doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil (liquid coconut oil)
12-15 drops favorite essential oil
*makes 3 large or up to 10 small bombs
Place citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil in a bowl.
Add essential oils or blend of choice.
Mix well with spoon until soft dough is formed. It should have the consistency of damp sand. Note: If the mixture is too wet, try adding a little more baking soda and cornstarch until consistency is correct.
At this point, you may add food coloring, dried herbs, or flower petals to mixture.
Place mixture in molds and let sit 24 hours before removing from mold. Silicon molds work really well for fizzy bombs.
To use, drop in warm tub or shower and allow to dissolve.
I hope you have SOOO much fun creating these simple, beautiful tools for self-care and sharing them with the people you love.
Until next time !