Wondering how to create bath salts? This homemade bath salt recipe will ease your skin, soothe cracked muscles and relax you in the bath for your next soak with several different combinations for you to customize your own bath salt mixture to suit your individual needs.
The most commonly used bath salt is Dead Sea salt. But do not assume that the more expensive Dead Sea salt is necessarily better or worse than regular salt. Each sea salt is a unique combination of minerals from the various salt rocks around the world and each has its own distinct properties. And just as you would not use regular salt with soy sauce for a taste test, using sea salt with other salts may be dangerous if you don't know what you are doing!
What you need to do is find some good sea salt (the kind you use to grill food on), put a small amount of it in a plastic bag (you can even use a large jar as long as it does not have a lid) and shake it up well. Then you just add to this bag the salt mix you want to use and a pinch of salt (or any other salt you wish to add), shake this up well again, and you are ready to use it in your bath.
If you want to add some special ingredients to your sea salt to create your own unique bath salt recipe, all you need is some baking soda, cinnamon powder, or lemon juice. Mix these ingredients together in your bath water and then add a pinch of salt to each teaspoon.
A common trick when making homemade sea salt for bathing is to add crushed up Epsom salts to your sea salt mix. It is not really necessary but many people do this and the result is a saltier bath than if you did not add the salt.
There are also many recipes out there for making your own bath salts mixture and you don't need any fancy equipment to do it. All you need is a double boiler, a little bit of salt and some water, and a few minutes to spend stirring the mixture.
Another popular salt alternative is coconut oil or Shea butter. You could use the palm oil if you have one nearby and you will have a great smelling bath.
To get the best results, use regular salt or a cheaper salt substitute (such as Himalayan crystal salt). The best ones are usually available at your local health store or online at a good price.
As far as the smell goes, it doesn't really matter much. You will not smell any differently after using bath salt compared to using regular salt. However, if you prefer something a little bit stronger, try sprinkling some lavender essential oil into your bath salt mix to give it a scent.
If you do not have enough salt in your salt bath, you can just add a pinch of salt to the water. You may need to use a teaspoon of salt in a tablespoon of water instead.
Make sure that your salt shaker is very clean and not dusty before you put the salt in it. Also, never shake it over hot water. If you do, the salt particles will float to the top and you'll need to keep shaking the salt shaker until the dust settles.
Once the salt is in, make sure that you do not add too much water. This will cause it to sink to the bottom and clog your pipes, making your bath very dirty. Always shake the salt mixture thoroughly after adding water.
When it is time to retire, use a towel to wipe the bottom of the salt shaker with a dry cloth to remove any excess salt. Once you are finished, wipe it off with another dry cloth to avoid splashing.