Hmmm…I feel a bit granny-ish writing this post because it’s all about bath salts and, lets face it, aren’t they the kind of present you dread receiving at Christmas time? In fact, I don’t even know if you can buy them any more! However, there is more to the humble bath salt than meets the eye and it’s definitely up for a retro revival. The reason I’m even humouring an alternative to my usual bubble bath is that the bubbles turn out to be Really Bad for you. I know. Annoying isn’t it. I’ve often wallowed away a pleasant hour or so up to my chin in bubbles but the bubbles are caused by Sodium Laurel Sulfate and the fragrances in the bubble bath are more often than not synthetic chemicals which gets a big thumbs down from me. Knowing that the skin is the largest organ in the body and that is absorbs these chemicals like a sponge I need an alternative.
I love dipping in and out of my many Green Beauty DIY books and playing around making potions but this next recipe is a real delight to make and one of my favourites. Once you have the ingredients you can stir it up in 5 minutes flat. In NZ just go online to Go Native otherwise Amazon is a good source of raw materials. You can also add whichever essential oils you like but for aching muscles make sure you include Juniper and, together with the mineral salts, you’ll feel the benefits. Fennel is one of my all time favourite oils. It’s really fresh and zesty and energising. However, feel free to add your own favourite scent; ylang ylang, cedarwood, geranium and orange for spice or lavender for relaxation or rose for a real luxurious soak.
175g Dead Sea salt
175g Epsom salts
150g Fine sea salt
60g Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
60g powdered green clay
25 drops Juniper oil
25 drops Fennel oil
50 drops of any combination of citrus (lemon, grapefruit, orange)
Simply add all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix to get rid of any lumps.
Add the oils and stir through then decant into a glass jar of some description.
Add about 3 Tablespoons to your bath or more if you like. Most of the mix will dissolve but you will get a bit of green mineral salt lurking around. This may well put you in mind of sitting in a swamp but Go with It and remember the minerals are seeping into your muscles and giving them a lovely massage as you soak! Bliss!