Epsom Salt benefits
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Epsom salt is great for the body. It is Magnesium sulfate. The body absorbs magnesium better through the skin than it does through the gut. Epsom salt soaks are great for sore muscles, getting more magnesium in your system, reducing swelling, aiding in healing, detoxifying your body and just plain relaxing.
By mixing Epsom salt with essential oils you can enhance the soaking experience. Essential oils can be relaxing, calming, healing and help your overall body. Epsom salt (Magnesium Sulfate) is good for migraines as well. Since my husband has chronic migraine it benefits him if I make some he enjoys the aroma of. He can benefit from soaking with our DIY bath bombs.
Why DIY Bath bombs?
Bath bombs are perfect for relaxing in a bath. They are cool colors, awesome smelling and soothing to the skin. Only problem is they can cost quite a bit. You may also not find the scent you are looking for. Well why not make your own.
Making bath bombs is pretty simple. It is a fun DIY to do with your kids or even your spouse. Your house will smell pretty good while you are making them too. Who doesn’t love a good smelling home. Well, I decided to make some with my daughter. After trying several recipes and making a few little tweaks to them of our own, we have a good recipe for you to try.
Bath Bomb Recipe
- 1 c. Baking soda
- ½ c. Epsom Salt
- ½ c. Corn starch
- ½ c. Citric Acid
- 2 tsp. Essential oil
- 3 tsp. Castor oil
- ¾ tsp. Water
- Few drops of food coloring
Mix all the dry ingredients together leaving out the citric acid. Use a wire whisk to mix. Mix you liquid ingredients together. Slowly add your wet ingredients into the dry mixture while whisking thoroughly. Continue to mix until it is well combined with no lumps.
The mixture should clump together slightly when squeezed in your hand. If it will not clump then add a small amount of water or a bit more castor oil, a little at a time, until it does clump. Once clumping together well mix in your citric acid, whisking quickly. The citric acid will react with the moisture. If your mixture is too wet then the citric acid will activate when you add it in. The well combined mixture will still clump in your hand but not feel wet at all.
Using molds fill each side slightly pressing the mixture in each side of the mold. I have used plastic and metal. I prefer the metal. Over fill the molds. Press the two sides together firmly to form a ball. Gently tap one side of the mold with a spoon to release the ball. Then turn over in your hand and repeat to fully release the completed bomb. Place the finished bombs on wax paper with a towel under it. This will keep the bomb from flattening out as much.
If the mixture is too dry then the bombs will collapse as you place them down. If the mixture is too wet then the bombs will start to expand and flatten. You can actually hear the reaction if you listen close to them. If they are too wet you can stop the reaction by placing them in the freezer. Leave the bombs to dry for 24 hours. You can experiment with different molds. I have used tart tins, Easter eggs and made half bombs as well. I prefer the metal molds. You can mix colors for layers or an accent color.
For the baking soda I used Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, 5 Lbs. I found that getting citric acid that did not have anti-caking properties formed better bombs. Milliard Citric Acid – 5 Pound – 100% Pure Food Grade NON-GMO (5 Pound), I found to work very well for the DIY bombs.
Have fun with it, you’ll likely have some fails as you learn the right consistency, I did. Those fails still work and smell great, they just are not quite as pretty to look at. You can get a good laugh at them though. My daughter decided to fill the tub with 5 fails at the same time. The water was really fizzing and the bathroom was so aromatic with the essential oils that were in the bombs.
After trying several different types of molds,I prefer Caydo 6 Set DIY Metal Bath Bomb Mold with 3 Sizes 12 Pieces for Crafting Your Own Fizzles from Amazon. I tried plain Epsom salt and Epsom salt that was already scented. If you use a scented salt then replace the essential oil with more castor oil. Here is a plain Epsom salt, Dr. Teals Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, Pre & Post Workout, 3 Pound Bag.
I would love to hear how it worked for you!