When I thought about writing this post, I was going to suggest you make this for Mother’s Day or even for a teacher’s gift. But to be honest I made these for myself. I recently bought some tea from my friend Debbie and the scent was wonderful. It’s a Steeped tea called Lemon Ginger Tea-Tox and the ingredients are ginger, lemongrass, and rose blossoms. So it got me to thinking that this would be a lovely bath salts combination. I take baths often with epsom salts and baking soda as it is very relaxing and I figure it’s good for you too. The epsom salts provide some added magnesium and the baking soda is alkalizing.
In my post about a Detox Bath, I used a bath salts recipe of 1 cup epsom salts to ½ cup baking soda. To that I added 10 drops of essential oils. In this recipe the same proportions of epsom salts and baking soda are used and for the essential oils I use lemongrass and ginger along with some dried rose petals.
I bought the epsom salts and baking soda at The Dollar Store for only a $1 each. I had the glass jars from a discount craft store and my sister bought the rose petals from Mountain Rose Herbs and gave them to me. By the way if you are into aromatherapy or like to make your own teas, spice blends or body products you can find just about everything you can imagine at Mountain Rose Herbs. I was really impressed with their selection and quality.
Back to our recipe, I just mixed the espsom salts and baking soda together and then added the essential oils and mixed well. Then I added the rose petals and mixed again. That’s all there is to it. You might want to double or triple the batch depending on the size of your container. (Please note that a reader commented that there are instances of people experiencing exploding bath salts. I just wanted to make everyone aware of that possibility though it has never happened to me. Perhaps if you make smaller batches there will be less chances of this happening or eliminating the baking soda altogether. As I have mentioned, this has never happened to me but I didn’t want anything like this happen to you.)
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Lemongrass, Ginger and Rose Bath Salts
- 1 cup epsom salts
- ½ cup baking soda optional, see note below
- 5-7 drops each of lemongrass essential oil and ginger essential oil
- ¼ cup rose petals dried
Mix the epsom salts and baking soda (if using, see note) together.
Add your essential oils and mix well.
Lastly add the rose petals. Crush if they are too big.
Store in a glass jar.
Add a handful to your next bath, relax and enjoy!
*note* A reader in the comments pointed out that there are people experiencing exploding jars because of the reaction of baking soda and essential oils. I have not had that problem but since it's a possibility please omit the baking soda or add it separately to your bath.
If you mix citric acid and baking soda together (which you would do to make fizzy bath powder or bath bombs) there is the possibility of gases building up and exploding a glass jar. As you are not using citric acid in this bath tea recipe with the baking soda, this will not happen. As far as the essential oils “exploding” unless you are exposing them to heat at their flashpoint (the temperature the oils would ignite) highly unlikely.
This scent blend sounds wonderful! However, I must caution against storing bath salts with baking soda in glass jars because … exploding bath salts! See this thread that discusses the danger of baking soda in combination with some essential oils, or just search the web on exploding bath salts. http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showthread.php?t=3356
Hi Marlene, I have never heard of this and I personally have never had a problem, but I would hate for my readers to experience anything like this so I will alter the recipe to eliminate the baking soda. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
Lou Lou Girls
I love this. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7, we can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls
I love bath salts – they are so good for the body. Thank you for sharing them at the Home Matters linky party! Hope you come again!
I sure will!
Brittanie @Simplistically Living
I love making my own bath salts and I am going to have to give this blend a try! Thanks for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you next week!
I hope you like it Brittanie!
Using these bath salts would be a relaxing way to end a day. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.
Wow, these look pretty and I bet they smell even better.