Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfate and are a natural mineral. They are used in a variety of bath products, from soaks to scrubs. This natural substance is known to ease muscle pain and soothe cold symptoms, as well as nourish hair and skin. Salt scrubs provide a mild exfoliation and moisture to dry skin. Although you can purchase salt scrubs at spas and stores, they’re simple to make at home. Making your own salt scrub allows you to tailor the resulting product to your needs.
Things You'll Need
Pour 1 cup Epsom salts into a glass jar. Add 1 cup white sugar, followed by six drops essential oil. Use an oil such as lavender for a calming salt scrub or grapefruit for one that’s more invigorating.
Pour 1/2 cup olive oil into the jar. Olive oil is a natural moisturizer, is soothing to the skin and often less expensive than oils made specifically for the skin.
Stir the mixture with a spoon to blend the dry ingredients with the oils. The salt scrub should have have the consistency of a heavy, oily paste. Place a lid on the jar and store the salt scrub at room temperature.
Mix the salt scrub each time before using it, since the oil will separate and rise to the top. You can easily do this with your fingers before scooping some out at shower or bath time.
Massage the scrub into your skin and allow it to remain there for a few minutes. The Epsom salts will calm and soothe, while the olive oil moisturizes your skin.
Create homemade Epsom salt scrubs as gifts. Pour them into a glass jar with a decorative ribbon around the top.
References and ResourcesApartment Therapy; How to Make Your Own Soothing Bath Soak; Laure Joliet; January 2009
Apartment Therapy; Best Home Spa Recipes: Foot Scrub; Laure Joliet; March 2009
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