Homemade Bath Soak

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. 

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