Whew—is it spring yet? Pretty sure not—we got nearly a dozen inches of snow yesterday! Of course, it all arrived when my husband was gone on a business trip. Yup, my daughter and I spent two hours shoveling to create just enough space to get one car out, then collapsed.
Clearly, it was time for a reward.
Fresh out of bath salts, I decided to create my own recipe for a nice soak.
Working with Essential Oils
Essential oils are all the rage but there are a few things to be aware of in working with them. While they can be used therapeutically (another topic), they are also great for delivering fragrance without a lot of chemicals. Years ago I had an online natural body care store–and when I selected products (soaps, bath salts, etc), I looked for those scented with essential oils. I like this option because the scents smell very natural and don’t have potentially harmful ingredients like parabens and phthalates.
But if you are new to working with essential oils, you should know that they are very concentrated and not meant to be used undiluted (see this article for more information). Even diluted they can be irritating to some people–my daughter gets a rash from anything lavender! So, a patch test can be a good precaution, especially if you have sensitive skin. And be sure to keep them away from your pets.
Now adding an essential oil to a full bath might sound like you are diluting it, but since water and oil don’t mix it is possible to hit a concentrated patch of essential oil floating on the top. So, my “recipe” has you mix it with some additional oil—which you’d want for the most moisturizing bath anyway.
What You’ll Need
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I actually had most of the ingredients for this recipe on hand–even the dried rose petals. Yup, as a food blogger, you never know when you might need food grade dried rose petals! I tend to use food grade dried flowers in my bodycare so I only need to stock one type.
The dried petals are pretty and these did have a nice scent, but the rose essential oil is what delivers most of the fragrance.
My first choice of a carrier oil to blend with the rose essential oil is jojoba oil (after the Tucson Desert Museum docent raved about the plant), but other oils with little to no scent can work well too.
Two types of salt make up the bulk of the bath salts. And per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), dead sea salts and magnesium salts (Epsom Salts) may have a variety of benefits! How nice is that!
A Soothing Beverage
Besides the bath, I wanted to get in an anti-inflammatory beverage, so I added a homemade tart cherry soda to my routine. I mixed 2 Tablespoons tart cherry concentrate, 5 drops liquid stevia and 12 ounces of fizzy water for something even more refreshing than a big red wine.
According to Men’s Journal, “researchers also found that tart cherries have the ‘highest anti-inflammatory content of any food,’ more than other antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries and pomegranates.” Admittedly, at 9 PM, I might have gone with the wine.
I’m feeling surprisingly un-sore today, so perhaps it all helped. The Homemade Rose Bath Salts definitely improved my mood!
- 1 Tablespoon mild liquid "carrier" oil (like jojoba, refined sunflower—see note)
- 20 drops Rose essential oil
- 1 cup dead sea salt (can sub any sea salt or kosher salt)
- ½ cup Epsom salt
- ¼ cup dried organic Rose buds & petals
- Mix liquid oil and essential oil. Add salt and mix well to combine. Mix in rose petals.
- Store in an air-tight container.
- Use ½ - 1 cup per bath
Feel free to swap scents. Since I keep lavender for cooking, my next batch will probably use that.
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