I love a good DIY gift. Making Christmas DIY gifts for people just feels really nice! I have a great, quick, and easy gift that you can make for friends and family this holiday season. Most people love to receive something to pamper themselves. I do enjoy the occasional massage or manicure but I can’t make it out to those places as much as I’d like. However, I am able to set some time out of my evening to enjoy a little at home pampering. This Merry Mint Bath Soak is the perfect gift to give all those friends and family members something to pamper themselves with at home! I especially love packaging this easy bath salts recipe in a plastic ornament. It is so fun and festive!
Easy Bath Salts Recipe
Here’s a simple recipe for homemade bath salts that can help soothe sore muscles.
Supplies Needed To Make Homemade Bath Salts:
- Epsom Salt
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil
- Young Living Spearmint Essential Oil
- Optional: Spirulina Powder (for green color)
- Measuring Spoons
- Clear Plastic Ornament
Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is a common ingredient in bath salts and is known for its ability to help relax muscles and reduce inflammation. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt releases magnesium and sulfate ions, which can be absorbed through the skin. Magnesium plays a crucial role in muscle function and relaxation, and its absorption through the skin during a bath can help alleviate soreness and stiffness.
Many bath salts contain essential oils, which not only add fragrance but also offer additional therapeutic benefits. Certain essential oils, such peppermint, have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that can further help alleviate muscle soreness and promote relaxation.
How To Make Easy Bath Salts For Sore Muscles:
Grab your small mixing bowl and your spoon. Measure out 1/4 tsp of your spirulina powder and add to the bowl. *Spirulina is an edible algae that is really good for you but can also be used to color items green naturally. Since I like to make 100% natural products, I use this green powder instead of food coloring. Spirulina powder can be found at any health food store or on Amazon. Add 1-2 tsp of your liquid coconut oil to the spirulina powder. You want to add just enough to turn your powder into a liquid. Next, add 1/2 C of epsom salt and mix in with your coconut oil/spirulina mixture. This will turn your salts a light green color!
After your bath salts are all mixed up, you want to add 3 drops of your Young Living Peppermint essential oil and 3 drops of your Young Living Spearmint essential oil. Both of these essential oils are great for opening up the sinuses through aromatherapy and easing muscle tension and pain. Stir everything together and your bath salts are done.
To Give As A Gift
Then, transfer into your ornament. If you have a small funnel, you could use that to easily get your bath salts into the ornament or you could transfer them into a measuring cup and pour them in that way. After filling your ornament up, grab some festive ribbon and add a bow for the finishing touch to your Christmas DIY gifts! These homemade bath salts would make great stocking stuffers or package 2-3 of them together to make a great gift for a friend. I like to tie one onto the front of a gift to add a little extra something.
How To Use Bath Salts
- Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the bath salts to warm running bathwater.
- Stir the water to dissolve the salts.
- Soak in the bath for at least 20 minutes to allow the salts and essential oils to work their magic on your sore muscles.
Bath salts are often considered beneficial for sore muscles due to their composition and the way they interact with the body during a bath. Soaking in warm water on its own can help relax muscles and improve circulation. When combined with bath salts, the warm water helps to enhance the effects of the salts by opening up pores and allowing for better absorption of minerals into the skin.
Bathing in warm water with soothing scents can help reduce stress and tension, which can contribute to muscle soreness. By promoting relaxation and calming the mind, bath salts can indirectly help relieve muscle tension and discomfort. Do you think you might make this easy bath salts recipe this holiday season?