DIY Rose and Neroli Bath Salt Blend
By Ushi Patel
One of my favorite daily rituals is a hot bath. For centuries, Ayurveda (India’s ancient mind-body health system) has prescribed bathing for optimal body function – from digestion and circulation to improved complexion and skin health. I also find that the cocoon of hot water soothes and comforts, helping me let go of mind chatter, relax my muscles and sleep better. It also got rid of my not-so-cute back acne. The bathing ritual doesn’t have to be a long process, a 15-20 minute soak can do wonders amidst a crazy schedule.
Here’s an easy DIY recipe for my go-to blend of bath salts. There are hundreds of combinations that work depending on your body and preferences. Start here and experiment with various essential oils according to your needs. Be sure to only use pure, therapeutic-grade ingredients as there is a lot of junk out there!
You can also add the blend to an apothecary jar, to use as event favors or to send some holiday love.
1 cup Himalayan pink salt (click here)
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup baking soda
1 tablespoon dried rose petals (optional) – Pick and dry your own, or click here
5-10 drops Rose Essential Oil (click here)
5-10 drops Neroli Essential Oil (click here)
Himalayan pink salt contains over 84 minerals and trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. Epsom salt has been used in bath salt preparations for softening the skin and relaxing sore muscles. Rose oil contains high amounts of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, which helps protect skin cells from damage caused by sun exposure. Neroli oil, might seem a little on the expensive side. It takes 1,000 pounds of orange blossom flowers to make just a single pound of Neroli essential oil. However, its benefits are vast, including antidepressant, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, and bactericidal properties.*
Add the Rose and Neroli essential oil as the final step, using more or less based on how aromatic you want your bath. Mix in and stir well to ensure the salt crystals have absorbed the essential oils.
Use a funnel to pour the product in an airtight container. These containers from Tillist Goods have great design and function. Add a 1/2 cup portion of the mixture for every soak.
*This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.