Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DIY Health: Relaxation

For me, a long hot bath is the perfect ending to a stressful day. Since I like to make my own beauty products, I ventured into spa territory for some worthwhile "me" time. Here is an easy step-by-step recipe for making your own spa salts. I realize that some people prefer long, hot showers vs. baths, so this recipe is also great as a foot soak! 

-A glass or plastic container that has a lid. Container will be used to store spa salts, so it should not be re-used for food storage.
-Measuring Cup and Tablespoon
-Sea Salt
-Epsom Salt
-Essential Oil

Step 1: Purchase ingredients from your local grocer. Essential oil can be found at natural foods stores. Prices range from $4 and up for a bottle of essential oil.
Step 2: Test your essential oil (1 drop) on a small area of your skin to rule out allergies. Oil scents range from invigorating to calming, so depending on how you want to feel, choose the oil that you like best!
Step 3: In a glass or plastic container, mix:
 2 Tablespoons sea salt
1/2 cup epsom salt
3-8 drops essential oil (more than 8 drops could overwhelm your senses, so adjust accordingly to how strong you want the essential oil aroma.)
Step 4: Stir ingredients until mixed well (with utensil that will not be used in food preparation.)
Store with lid on tightly in a cool place.

Yield: This recipe yields one bath or foot soak.

How to use: Pour spa salts into running bath. Go grab a book, light a candle and put island thoughts into that stressed-out noggin'. Enjoy.

Note: Ask your doctor before using essential oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Keep oil out of the reach of children and pets.

Happy relaxing,

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