It drives me crazy to pick up a “simple” product like bath soaking crystals and find a list of ingredients like this: sodium sesquicarbonate, pentasodium triphosphate, aloe vera gel, fragrance, sodium lauroyl lactylate, isopropyl palmitate, mineral oil, peg-b quaternium-15, PG, blue 1, and yellow 10. What am I really going to be soaking in? So, I’m on a mission to start making our own homemade versions; they cost less and I’ll have some idea of what they’re made of.
Here’s a recipe for a simple bath soak:
2 cups baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1 cup Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate)
2 tablespoons ground ginger
5 drops essential oil (optional – I used lavender-vanilla)
Mix all ingredients – make sure the ginger is lump free before adding to the mix. Store in an airtight jar, or package in a cellophane bag (with tag) for gift giving. Add 1/2 – 1 cup (for a normal size tub, more for larger tubs) to bathwater and soak. Other herbs/essential oils can be substituted as desired.
This doesn’t have an overly heavy fragrance and really does help reduce aches and pains after soaking for 20 or 30 minutes.