DIY Detox Bath Salts
For obvious reasons, giving gifts on Christmas is not something that comes naturally to me.
Although Chanukah and Christmas both occur around the same time of year, they are each unique holidays with their own rituals, aesthetic beauty and spiritual relevance.
Growing up, we did receive and give presents during Hanukkah, but it was never in mass quantities that people seem to receive today.
Consequently, this time of year is sometimes a struggle for me.
I do want to express my appreciation and gratitude to the people who help me, and create cheerfulness and comradery with the people I work with. But, I do not want to succumb to the conspicuous consumption and rampant materialism that I often see going on around me.
My solution is to create DIY gifts which are both personal and practical.
This year, I felt inspired to make DIY Detox Bath Salts.
It is surprisingly fast, easy, all natural and even relatively economical to make. The trick is to make a nice presentation to doll it up.
In the back of my mind, I wanted to give the bath salts in a urine cups and specimen bag and label this DIY Detox (not U-tox) Bath Salts. When I told the other nurses I work with about it, we all laughed.
This is the gift presentation that I did not make:
However, I decided to play it safe and give the bath salts in a small mason jar with a nice label and a colorful ribbon.
2 parts salt: Epsom salt, Himalayan salt, Magnesium Chloride, Dead Sea Salt
½ part baking soda
Optional: ¼ part bentonite clay
Optional: ¼ – ½ part finely ground oatmeal.
Note: I would categorize the bentonite clay and oatmeal with the baking soda. Otherwise, it might not dissolve as well.
Optional: 20-30 drops essential oils of your choice. I used lavender, which is my favorite!
Optional: food or soap coloring. I did not use any coloring.
Optional: Cinnamon, ginger or tumeric could also be used to give it some colour and additional therapeutic properties, but, I am not sure if they would dissolve properly. Then, you might have to wash out the tub, which is something that I do not find relaxing.
In a large bowl, mix to combine the salts and baking soda. Add essential oils and stir until well-blended.
The appearance of the Bath Salts can be changed by adding a few drops of food coloring to the salt mixture until you reach the desired shade you would like.
If anyone would like to make their own natural food dyes, here is a great link.
This recipe can be easily scaled up, which I did to make lots of gifts for everyone.
It is not very colourful, but here is the picture of the bath salts in the large jar I used to mix up everything in.
I also added Silica Gel Packs to prevent the salts from sticking together. It really helped!
Here are the various ways I tried to present the gifts so that they seemed festive and personalized:
Overall, the gifts were very well received. Even the men I work with wanted some despite the fact that it smelled like lavender. Next time, to make it more unisex, I might use patchouli oil.
I got very creative and below are various samples of labels one can use:
Happy Holidays everyone!