Thursday, February 20, 2014
As you know I’ve been on a mission to have my best body ever. For me this entails working muscles that have not been exercised since I don’t know when! My body is conditioned for running but strength training? Nope, my muscles are not ready! One of the things that happens when you work muscles in different ways is pain. Well, really soreness. When you are working out you are making small tears in your muscles which causes soreness, as it repairs it gets stronger and bigger. Now, my first week of working out? OMG! I truly was limping back to the gym but I made it. And I know that over time it will get better. As a matter of fact, I worked out Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week with weights and my body is certainly sore but it is a soreness that is manageable. I take that to mean I am getting stronger at each workout.
To help alleviate the muscle soreness taking an Epsom salt bath is in order. I don’t know the science but I do know that it certainly helps! But I decided since I am spending a considerable amount of time in the the tub, why not make it like a spa? So, I put my craft hat and made homemade bath bombs. Not only are they filled with Epsom Salt, but the also have vanilla and tangerine essential oils and coconut oil. Ahhh.....my bathtub is becoming more and more of an oasis!
I was able to purchase the main ingredients for my bath bombs at Walmart: Epsom Salt, baking soda and citric acid - look in the canning section for this, tricky to find but it is there! At home I had essential oils, I purchased mine online awhile ago and I keep coconut oil in my pantry. I also had some food coloring leftover from Easter last year. To provide the bombs with shapes, I used old fillable Easter eggs (I suppose being a packrat is good for something!) to mold them. The process is quite simple and I stored them all in a mason jar that I also purchased from Walmart.
If you are looking for a very affordable way to make bath bombs at home, please look no further. I have more than enough material to make several batches and help soothe my aching muscles!
What you need:
1 cup of baking powder
1/2 cup of epsom salt
1/2 cup of citric acid
1/2 cup of corn starch
2-3 drops of food color of your choice
.75 tablespoon of water
1/2 teaspoon essential oil
3 Tablespoons of coconut oil (or olive oil)
Plastic Easter Eggs/cupcake tin/ or other mold
1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a glass bowl. Be careful - the citric acid causes a lot of dust.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients.
3. Slowly whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until totally absorbed. It should be a moist mixture to the touch.
4. Firmly place some of the mixture into your mold. I used my Easter eggs but ended up having separate halves. This was fine for me because it provided different sizes and shapes for my bombs. You can also use a muffin/cupcake tin to mold the bombs, just be sure to pack whatever you use tightly.
5. Let mixture sit in mold for at least 10 minutes.
6. Remove and place on wax paper. Let dry overnight