I can’t wait to use this! I’ve been reading about the health benefits of Epsom salt lately. It’s not actually salt, but a natural magnesium mineral. In addition to being relaxing, it actually eliminates toxins from the body. Find out more here.
Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation.
1 oz epsom salt
1 oz potato starch or corn starch
1 oz citric acid
2 oz baking soda
½ tsp water
20-25 drops lavender essential oil
.6 tsp apricot oil (.03 oz)
Makes 1 bath bomb (5 oz)
I always start with small batches when making something new. My first one turned out bizarrely, so I’m glad I didn’t waste all my ingredients on the trial run. If you like the first round, you can make a quadruple batch next time! I adapted this recipe from here.
Weigh out each of the dry ingredients and mix together in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, mix together the water, essential oil and apricot oil.
Slowly, drizzle the liquid into the dry ingredients. It foams and fizzes a little, so adding the liquid in small doses keeps it to a minimum.
Immediately press into your mold of choice. I used a silicone ice cube mold.
Let it sit for a minute or two. I had barely put away my supplies, and it was ready that fast! It came out of the mold instantly as a perfectly shaped circle, and it smelled like a bouquet of lavender.
Put a piece of wax paper on top of a towel and gently set the bath bomb on top. Wrap the towel lightly, and let dry completely for 24 hrs.
Store in airtight container for maximum fizziness. They probably will keep for months under the correct conditions, (bath bombs are water activated, so no humidity) but I think fresher is better.
The average price of a Lush bath bomb is $6.00. I did the math, and found I can make one at home for $1.21. Not only are they less expensive, but I know all the ingredients that go into each one!
These make pretty cool gifts. You can easily personalize them by adding a color, or using a different essential oil. Instead of adding food coloring, try adding dried beetroot powder, cinnamon, cocoa powder, or allspice to create your own natural colors.
Photo by Sarah Cates