How to Make Soothing Eucalyptus Bath Soaps
We all know how beneficial taking a bath in water mixed with certain ingredients can help to soothe a range of aliments. Epsom salts and oatmeal remedies are two common examples. However, did you know that you can also benefit from creating a bath treatment with eucalyptus as well? The following recipe shows you how to make little “bath bombs” that will infuse the water with nutrients that can soothe a wide-range of ailments.
Benefits of Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is well-known for its healing and medicinal properties. Most people tend to associate eucalyptus with being a decongestant and helping to soothe respiratory ailments. However, it is also thought to ease anxiety, reduce mental fatigue by improving blood flow to the brain. It can also help to improve blood circulation throughout the body as it dilates blood vessels. Eucalyptus also acts as an anti-inflammatory that is an excellent option to soothe the irritation associated with certain skin problems as well as bug bites. It also has strong antiseptic properties which can help to protect minor scrapes, burns and wounds from becoming infected.
Oil in Soaps
Eucalyptus essential oils are a popular ingredient in many homemade soaps primarily for their antimicrobial properties as well as their scent. Making or purchasing the oil is not that difficult or expensive, and it only takes a few drops per bar or container of soap. Using it as a bath bomb is a great alternative, and they are very easy to prepare and store over the long-term.
1 cup of citric acid (preferably in crystal or powder form)
2 cups of baking soda
½ cup of Epsom salt
Around 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
To get started, combine the dry ingredients in large bowl and mix together. Add in the essential oils and stir. You may notice that the product starts to fizz a bit, and this is normal and an indication that the recipe is working. Next, you want to take a spray bottle with water and give it a squirt or two as you mix the ingredients together. You don’t need more than a couple of tablespoons of water for this recipe, and the aim is to make the mixture just moist enough to prevent it from being powdery or crumbling.
Once the mixture is ready, all you need to do is spoon and press it into soap molds or an ice cube tray. Make sure that the material is firmly packed before flipping the tray or molds over, giving them a tap and letting the bath bombs fall out. Allow them to rest in a cool, dry location for about 24 hours before storing in an airtight container or plastic zipper bag. When ready to use, just drop it into your bath water and it will fizz as it dissolves.
Make yourself a batch today, and see how a nice, warm bath with these soap bombs can help the next time you experience any of the ailments listed above. Not only can they help you to feel better now, but this is a great way to make life a little easier on the road to self-sufficiency as well.