Do It Yourself!
Bath & Body Home Brews
Scrubs are great for
exfoliating and softening the skin. To use, massage the scrub
onto your skin and let sit 3-4 minutes before rinsing off.
1 part Salt (Epson, Sea, or Rock)
1 Part Oil or Castile Soap or Vegetable Glycerine
For a deeper scrub:
1 part ground nuts or coffee grounds
1 Part Oil or Castile Soap
For a softer scrub:
1 part white cane sugar (not sucanat!)
1 part Oil or Castile Soap or Vegetable Glycerine
Baking Soda (to desired consistency)
Some Fancy Additions: (These are optional add-ins)
Small amounts of aloe vera, vitamin C crystals
or other healing ingredients that dissolve in water
A couple drops of essential oil
Ground Hibiscus powder for pink coloring
Relaxing Bath Salts
Epson salts are great to use
for a relaxing bath. They draw toxins out of the body, sedate
the nervous system, reduce swelling, relax muscles, &
soften the skin. They can be used alone for a simple bath
salt, and are great for reducing swelling from sprains and
bruises. Just add 2 cups salt to a tub of water and soak.
Epson salts are also great for soaking feet in to soothe aches, remove odors & soften the skin. To use as a foot soak, simply put about 1/2 C Epson salt into a foot bath or large pan with warm water and soak.
If you want to get a little fancier, you can find an assortment of recipes online by doing a google search for what you're after (home made bath salts / foot scrub, etc). Remember that since salts absorb moisture from the air, try to make them on a day w/ low humidity.
Here's a basic bath salt recipe:
2 Cups Epson Salts
1 Cup Sea Salt, Rock Salt, or Coarse Salt
1/2 Cup Baking Soda (softens the skin)
20-30 drops fragrance oil
Mix ingredients together, adding one at a time. Only do a couple drops at a time and mix well to prevent clumping. Once combined, let the salts air dry on wax paper for a couple hours. Store in an airtight container. If you wait a couple weeks to use them, the oils & fragrance merge w/ the salts. This mixture should last several months.
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