If you haven’t discovered bath bombs yet you are in for a treat! Bath bombs are these little spherical “bombs” that fizz when you drop them in the water. The fizz is caused by the reaction of the ingredients coming in contact with water. Besides being a fun way to pamper yourself or your loved ones, they are easy to make with your little ones and they have great properties that help relieve many symptoms. In this case, we are treating cold and sinus ailments!
So lets get started!
You will need:
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 3 Tbsp. Epsom salt
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- Witch hazel and a spray bottle for it to go in
- 5-10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
- Food coloring (optional)
- Bath bomb molds or Christmas ornament balls or cupcake pan
- 2 Mixing bowls
Let's Get Started!
First, add all of your dry ingredients (baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, and Epsom salt) into a bowl and mix them together. Put coconut oil in the mixture and mix together by squishing it with your fingers. Do this until there aren’t any big clumps of coconut oil in the mixture. Put half of the mixture into a different bowl. Add peppermint essential oil to one bowl and eucalyptus essential oil to the other bowl.
If you are using food coloring, you may add it now, I used green food coloring on the eucalyptus. Make sure to quickly mix the food coloring into your mixture so that it won’t react to the moisture. Spray about 4 sprays of witch hazel into your mixture at a time. Spray and then mix it up and spray more, until your mixture is the right consistency. You want it to be slightly damp, but not wet. Damp enough that it will stick together when you grab a handful of it, but you don’t want it to be as wet as sand when you are building a sand castle. Only spray about 4 sprays of the witch hazel at a time, or your mixture will start reacting to it.
If you are feeling fancy, take turns layering the different mixtures into the bath bomb molds to create a fun striped design or you could also fill up half of the bath bomb mold with one color and the other half with the other color. Once your molds are full, put them in the freezer for about an hour. Carefully take the bombs out of the molds. You can use them right away!
Now let’s go over the benefits:
- Epsom Salts will draw toxins out of your skin.
- Baking Soda will not only alkalize but will also draw out toxins.
- Coconut Oil is anti-viral, containing both lauric acid and capric acide. It can also help to sooth and moisturize the skin.
- Citric Acid is found in fruits and vegetables and will give your bath bomb its fizzy quality.
- Witch hazel helps heal and prevent redness and swelling, cracked or blistered skin, psoriasis or eczema, skin sores and allergic reactions.
- Eucalyptus contains eucalyptol and alpha terpineol oils that increase respiratory function and promote easy breathing.
- Peppermint is calming to your digestive system, quiets nausea and reduces stomachaches, but it will also do a great job opening up your nasal passages.
Well there you have it, I hope you enjoy these little fizzes!
Sarah Garcia is from SafeSplash Las Vegas! Tell her how your bath bomb came out!