Only in the recent year have I learned that soaking in a nice hot tub at the end of a very long day is a small luxury that can make a big difference. Previously I did not have the patience to sit still and just soak since I was always thinking about the 100 other things that I could be doing instead with that time. Once I opened myself up to the idea of simply relaxing it was then that I started to appreciate taking a bath to melt away stress, anxiety, even body pains – so now of course I do it much more frequently. As much as I love the convenience of store bought soaks, powders and bubbles, I have actually been concocting my own soak mixtures for a while. When you make your own you get to choose what scents you want to surround yourself with and you have the advantage of knowing exactly what ingredients are going in so you’re aware of what will be on your skin. Also, it is a lot cheaper and just as luxurious as the fancy kinds you can buy at the store.
I have mentioned a few times before that I suffer from severe and chronic body aches due to my line of work. While some days the pains are more manageable, there are days where I, figuratively speaking, feel like I got ran over by a truck. On those days I call in the big guns, aka, my own custom blend of Epsom Salt and Himalayan Salt soak mixture. As many of you probably already know, Epsom Salt is the wunderkind for helping soothe sore muscles and muscle relaxation – not to mention that it calms the nervous system. While Himalayan Salt is absolutely amazing to naturally detoxify the body.
This recipe is 100% customizable for your own preferences, but here’s what I use:
- Westlab Epsom Salt
- Westlab Himalayan Salt
- Essential Oil (in my case I personally love to use the multi-purpose Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse oil for the scent alone but even more for that extra glow)
- Measurement cup
- Mixing spoon
- Mason jar
- Crafting supplies like jute twine, chalkboard stickers, etc (optional)
This is so simple to make and takes less than 10 minutes, if that. Basically what I do is pour 3 cups of the Westlab Himalayan Salt into a bowl, add 4-6 drops of the essential oil and mix those two together. To start the layering process, I pour 1 cup of the Epsom Salt into the mason jar, gently shake the jar so the salt settles and follow by pouring 1 cup of the Himalayan Salt and oil mixture. I alternate between the two salts until the jar is full, making sure to gently shake the jar with each layer so the product settles well and there’s an even balance of the two.
I love to get creative at this point and channel my inner Martha Stewart to turn this very simple DIY into something a little more fun and aesthetically pleasing. Since I blend different mixtures I use chalkboard labels to distinguish which jar has what mixture and will tie a ribbon or jute twine around the neck for aesthetics. Sometimes I will change jars and go for maybe an apothecary bottle that has a cork closure instead. What I also love about this concept is that I can add a paper tag and present it as a gift to someone, or it could serve really well as a party favor idea!
For those who like body care items or are in the market for a new bath product, I hope you found this DIY helpful in case you’re looking for something to soothe sore muscles and dry skin. There are a number of scented and bubbly bath products I love for the fragrance and feeling but aren’t necessarily so great in terms of pain-relieving and easing the tension in my problem areas. Blending my own mixtures using any of the Westlab salts offers me the opportunity to target what needs relieving or remedying all the while leaving skin hydrated and radiant in the process.
Do you have a favorite bath or shower product? I would love to hear about your favorites!
Many thanks to Westlab for providing bath salts for this post. As always, opinions are my own.