Making your own natural products does not have to be overwhelming and complicated.
Take bath salts for instance, they have so many great health benefits, and yet they are so easy to make. This is a great DIY to start the year! You can detoxify after the festive season and start the year feeling refreshed.
One of the most common uses for Epsom salts is to treat body aches. The high magnesium concentrate and other compounds are absorbed into your skin and work to relieve aches and pains caused by tension and inflammation. Epsom salt draws toxins from your body to relieve swelling and help heal sprains and bruises.
PINK KAOLIN CLAY
Pink Kaolin Clay is a naturally occurring, light pink coloured clay that is widely used in a number of DIY cosmetic recipes and face masks. Kaolin clay is a clay that has the mineral kaolinite as its principal constituent. Pink kaolin clay is rich in silica and is gentle and perfect for even the most sensitive skins. It restores moisture to the skin, cleanses impurities and lightly exfoliates.
Kaolin clay and kaolin clay powder can be used on its own when combined with water or other natural ingredients to create highly effective, chemical-free skin cleansers, masks, scrubs, and more. The following are some of the most common things kaolin clay is used for:
- Gently cleansing skin (excellent alternative cleanser for those with sensitive skin)
- Reducing oily skin
- Purifying and detoxifying the pores, removing dirt, grime, pollution, germs, etc.
- Soothing sensitive and easily irritable skin
- Exfoliating skin and removing dead cells and flaky, dry skin
- Improving skin elasticity and delaying the signs of aging
- Reducing skin irritations such as bug bites, rashes, poison ivy, and others
PINK HIMALAYAN SALT:
Himalayan salt is rock salt mined from the Punjab region of Pakistan. The salt often has a pinkish tint due to the trace minerals found in the salt.
- Balances electrolytes
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Calms skin irritations
- May reduce signs of aging and acne breakouts
- Helps the skin retain moisture
- Relieve achy muscles
- Helps with itchy skin and sunburns
- Regulate muscle contraction
- Gently draws toxins from the skin.
Instead of throwing all the ingredients into your bath and having to clean it all up afterwards, we love using our small bath salt bag. This handy little bag allows you to add clays and dried leaves to your bath salts without the mess.
Always remember, when you use these bath salts, that this is a detoxifying process so be sure to drink plenty of water afterwards.
BATH SALT RECIPE:
- 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
- 1/2 cup Pink Himalayan salt (Medium crystals)
- ¼ cup Pink Kaolin Clay
- 15 – 20 drops essential oil (see blend options below)
- Dried Flowers (optional)
- Vitamin E oil (optional)
- Small muslin bags
- Jar for storage
Mix the salts together in a medium-size mixing bowl. Stir until they are well combined.
Add your choice of essential oil. You can adjust the amount based on your preference.
If using vitamin E oil, add it in now. Stir with a wooden spoon until the essential oils and vitamin E oils are mixed with the salts.
Add in the dried flowers if you are using them.
Transfer the mixture to small muslin bags or to a mason jar for storage.
This mixture fills approximately 2 bags.
NOTE: Use the muslin bags if you don’t want the salt or rose petals going down your drain. They make for easy clean up afterward.
HOW TO USE YOUR BATH SALT
Fill the bathtub with warm to hot water. Add about 1/4 cup of the bath salts to the water and swirl them around with your hand to mix them in. For best results, soak in the bathwater for at least 20 minutes.
If using the muslin bag, swirl them in the bathwater and then leave it in the water while you soak. You can also rub the small muslin bag gently against your skin for some extra exfoliation.
ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS TO TRY
Night time Breeze: Lavender essential oil, Cedarwood essential oil
Sparkly Spa: Grapefruit essential oil, Gentle Baby essential oil
Citrus Blast: Lemon essential oil, Orange essential oil, Citrus fresh essential oil
Soothing Splash: PanAway essential oil, Wintergreen essential oil, Copaiba essential oil
Perky Pick-Me-Up: Peppermint essential oil, Rosemary essential oil
Stress away: YL Haven essential oil, Valor essential oil