This is a post of a tutorial that I've had the link to on my blog for a long time, but now seemed like the perfect time to share it as a post. Heather, its author and the owner of HeatherScent, had shared this with me back in 2009 when I was looking for tutorials for the earlier days of this blog.
She is a professional aromatherapist - CAHP (Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional) - and a member of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists. If you've been trying to find a special scent or combination of scents, or have a question about aromatherapy, feel free to contact her via any of the venues listed below. She loves helping people & creating custom blends.
Who doesn’t love to soak in a hot bath at the end of a stressful day? Maximize the benefits of your unwinding time by adding a custom-scented bath powder to your tub. To create your own custom bath powder, you will need:
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 2 cups sea salt (any kind)
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup powdered milk (optional)
- 1/2 cup oatmeal flakes (optional)
- Blend of essential oils (see below for some suggestions) – You’ll need about 30-50 drops total. Use more EOs if you plan to add extra powder such as milk and oatmeal to the mix.
- Coffee grinder or spice mill, preferably one dedicated to making bath powders
- Large bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Decorative jar or container (must be air-tight)
1. Following the directions for your coffee grinder/spice mill, grind up the salts (about 1/2 cup at a time) until you have a fine powder. Transfer the powder to the large bowl as you go. If you are planning to include oatmeal, grind that in the mill as well.
Why do I grind my salts first? To avoid sitting on a clump of salt rocks once you are in the tub! You may skip this step if you purchase fine sea salts, as Epsom salts are normally already quite small and will dissolve readily in the tub.
2. Add your essential oils to the salt mixture, about 10 drops at a time, stirring thoroughly each time.
3. Once the essential oils are blended in, you may add the baking powder, plus any other powders you wish to include (oatmeal or milk). Stir well.
4. Transfer to air-tight containers. Product may form clumps – this is normal. Do not allow water to get into the jar.
Add about 3/4 of a cup to a full bath and stir well. Soak and enjoy!
Essential Oil Synergy Options
Do not limit yourself to my suggestions! If you already have a particular oil or a blend that you like, go ahead and use that one. The most effective synergy is one that you love!
- Relaxing – Lavender, Clary Sage & Marjoram. Avoid this blend if you are pregnant. Please note that Clary Sage can exaggerate the effects of alcohol – this could be a could thing or a bad thing, depending on how relaxed you want to be. wink, wink.
- Muscle Aches – Eucalyptus, Rosemary & Black Pepper. Rosemary should be avoided in pregnancy and by people with seizure disorders. Use Lavender instead.
- Cold & Flu – Niaouli, Peppermint & Basil
- Pregnancy – Grapefruit & Lavender
- Children (relaxation) – Mandarin (Tangerine) & Lavender