I don’t know about you but between this heavy work I am doing and all the energy coming into the planet, I am feeling pretty worn out these days. Then, on top of that, there is the frantic holiday season energy that kicks up the atmosphere about 80 degrees and things can get pretty dicey.
So I decided to take a break today from talking about ousting the dark and give you a couple recipes to make your own aromatherapy bath salts and scrubs, for relaxation for you and/or for DIY gifts to give as presents.
These are both easy to make. Sorry I don’t have pictures, but they are very easy to follow recipes. One year I made up gifts bags for friends with a jar of homemade bath salts, salt scrub, small bottles of an aromatherapy oil mixture and a spray bottle of aromatherapy oil mixtures in water and a little bit of vodka to preserve it. In Seattle, WA, there is a great store, called Zenith Supplies, and they carry a good supply of massage lotions and oils, candle making supplies, aromatherapy oils and various containers to put your creations into for gifting or home use. You can order from them online, too. http://www.zenithsupplies.com/
I also made them one year in a preschool/after-school program where I was working. We used it as a fundraiser. We took used baby food jars, cut up pieces of calico fabric and put it over the lids, and tied that on with ribbon. I printed out labels that we attached via the ribbon.
To make these, you can use any size container with a lid, as you will want to allow the salt and borax, if you are using that, and the oils, to marinate for several days, stirring it occasionally to make sure that the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and the oils spread throughout.
Ingredients: Ginger, lemongrass, geranium oils; sea salt, Epsom salts, borax.
Directions: Add 1/2 cup after bath water is drawn, may add extra Epsom salts.
Uses: Uplifting and relaxing. For aches, pains, poor circulation, coughs, indigestion, colds, flu, infection, mental fatigue, nervous exhaustion, stress, depression.
For this recipe for bath salts, I used both epsom salt and sea salt, along with the borax, but you could just use all of just one salt if you choose. If you use 1 cup each of epsom salt, sea salt and borax, use around 20-30 drops combined of the essential oils. You can divide the oils evenly or use more according to your preference. If you prefer a stronger smelling bath salt, just add extra oil. Wait a day or so though to make this determination, as the oils will permeate the dry ingredients. When I make this for gifts, I make it in big quantities, doubling and tripling the amounts used.
Warming Salt Scrub:
Ingredients: Sea Salt, Safflower oil, Vitamin E oil; Tangerine, Clove, Cinnamon oils.
Directions: Test on small area first for allergies. Wash face or body first, then apply small amount of product, scrub, then rinse.
Uses: Exfoliates, nourishes and moisturizes. Aromatherapy oils for relaxation, depression, infections, digestion, circulation.
For this recipe, for each cup of sea salt, use 1/4 cup of safflower oil and 1/4 cup of Vitamin E oil. You could also use Almond oil instead of the Safflower oil. If using 1 cup of sea salt start with about 15 drops of the combined essential oils. I would recommend using more of the Tangerine and less of the clove and cinnamon as they are very strong oils. So perhaps 11 drops of Tangerine oil and 2 drops each of cinnamon and 2 drops of clove. Again, let this marinate in your closed container and stir occasionally, adding more essential oils if desired, and even adding more salt and/or other oils to obtain the desired scent and texture. Salt scrubs can be used in the bath or shower, using your hand or a wash cloth, to invigorate and exfoliate the skin.
Another thing you can do, is simply keep a container of sea salt in the shower and scrub with it each day. It not only helps stimulate and exfoliate the skin, it helps to scrub off negative energy you may have accumulated, from others or your own challenges.
Hope you have found these helpful. As you can tell, I’m not an exacting person when it comes to recipes as i like to experiment. 🙂