So you want to relax, but splurging for a high-priced bath product leaves you tenser than ever? And a pampering getaway to a five-star spa is something that will only happen in your dreams? No problem, simply grab some inexpensive essential oils along with other ingredients that are probably already lurking in your cabinets. Before you know it you'll be soaking in a luxurious, stress-relieving bath.
3 cups sea salt or Epson salt
5-7 drops each of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Neroli Moroccan essential oils
1 tbsp carrier oil such as Apricot Kernel or Jojoba
Mix oil and salt in a large bowl until blended. Add drops of essential oils. Start with no more than 5 drops of each oil and add more as you stir the salts together. Try experimenting with different types of sea salts or blend different salts together. Store in an airtight glass jar. To use pour 3/4 to 1 cup of salts into warm, running water. Swish the water around before getting in to ensure the salt has dissolved.
Other fragrance ideas:
Combine equal parts Lemon and Grapefruit essential oils for a refreshing bath or combine Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Bergamot to relieve stress
3 cups powdered buttermilk (can substitute regular powdered milk)
10-15 drops of Lavender essential oil or an oil of your choice (optional)
Using a wire wisk thoroughly blend the dry ingredients together before adding in the essential oil(s). Store in an airtight glass jar. To use pour 3/4 to 1 cup of the mixture into warm, running water.
1/2 cup honey
3 cups powdered milk
10-15 drops of Chamomile essential oil or an oil of your choice (optional)
Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Store in an airtight glass jar. To use pour 3/4 to 1 cup of the mixture into warm, running water.
2 cups brown sugar (can substitute white sugar, but brown sugar is more gentle on sensitive skin)
1 cup almond oil (found in health food stores) or extra virgin olive oil
5 drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
Mix the ingredients together until they've formed a thick paste. You can experiment with the ratio of oil to sugar depending on your preference for a thicker or thinner scrub. Store in an airtight glass jar. To use massage a small amount of the scrub onto wet or dry skin the shower, rinse thoroughly.