It’s almost a full moon, and while, I’ll be honest, I am not a consistent full moon ritualist, I enjoy the time spent when I do partake. The full moon is a time to release and let go. We are talking emotional baggage as well as physical toxins. And what better, more relaxing way is there to relax and release toxins than a salt bath? Bonus: baths are equally as amazing when you are sore after that intense vinyasa flow! Bring on the healing!
Bath salts are super easy to make yourself. They require few ingredients that are easily sourced. And can be endlessly modified until you discover your favorite recipe.
For the base we are using Dead Sea Salt, Epsom Salt and baking soda. Dead Sea Salt is chock full o’minerals, like magnesium and bromides to relieve muscle stiffness and pain, sodium to improve lymphatic function and sulfur for detoxification. Epsom Salt, which is actually magnesium sulfate and not a salt at all, is easily absorbed and draws out toxins, reduces inflammation and alleviates stress. Baking soda leaves the water more alkaline and helps soften skin.
You could be done there. I decided to fancy mine up a bit by adding lavender essential oil as well as dried lavender buds for added stress relief, and fractionated coconut oil (any carrier oil will do) for added moisturizing and to dilute the lavender oil. If you choose to go the essential oil with carrier oil route (I recommend) The tub may be slippery, so be careful getting out.
Now flowers do make baths messy. It is an easy clean up. But if you’d rather skip that part, but want your flowers in your salt too, grab a cotton muslin bag. When you go to bath, put your salts in the bag, pull the drawstrings tight and either hang the bag from the faucet or throw it into the tub. The salts will dissolve. The flowers will be kept in the bag, so no cleaning. And best of all, you can dump out those flowers when you are done and machine wash the bag!
Small Batch Bath Salt Recipe:
½ cup Epsom Salt
½ cup Dead Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons baking soda
½ Tablespoon Carrier oil (fractionated coconut, jojoba, etc.)
5-10 drops essential oil
¼ cup dried flowers
- Mix Epsom, dead seal salt and baking soda thoroughly. You could be done here.
- In a small bowl mix carrier oil and essential oil. Add to salt mixture. Mix completely.
- Stir in dried flowers.
- Place in airtight container or jar.
- Take an amazing bath! Use ¼ cup to 1 cup in your tub, depending on size and desired strength. Put on some chill tunes, dim the lights, get some candles going and enjoy yourself!
- And be sure to drink plenty of water before and especially after your bath.
Thanks friends and happy full moon!