Soak It All In With DIY Herbal Bath Bombs

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Bath bombs are a great alternative to bubble bath, which is often laced with dyes, perfumes, SLS and parabens.  As you soak in a bath, your skin is absorbing what is in your bath water, so you might want to ensure you are using only natural, chemical-free ingredients.

Baking soda fizzes in water, so as you drop a ‘bomb’ into the bath, it fizzes up in a sort of bubbly explosion, releasing all of it’s wonderful ingredients.

In these I used

  • baking soda: is alkaline and soothes irritated skin
  • cornstarch: gives a nice consistency and soothes irritated skin
  • epsom salt: relaxes muscles, soothes the nervous system
  • olive oil: moisturizing
  • dried flowers or bath tea blend: oats, chamomile, lavender and calendula all soothe skin
  • essential oils: sweet orange uplifts the mind, lavender relaxes the body
  • citric acid powder: naturally exfoliates dead skin cells

I also played around by adding red clay and beetroot powder to some of the balms, different essential oils and different dried flowers. Get creative! Make sure you do a patch test on your skin before using the bath bomb to ensure you do not have an allergy or intolerance to any of the ingredients.

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Recipe makes 9 standard muffin sized bombs

In a glass bowl, combine:

  • 1/4 cup citric acid powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup epsom salt
  • 1 cup baking soda

Mix well, then add:

  • 1 tsp olive oil or other carrier oil
  • 10 drops essential oil of choice
  • 1/4 cup (SLOWLY) water or witch hazel

It is crucial that you slowly add the water or witch hazel as not to dissolve the baking soda.  If your dry ingredients start fizzing, you have poured the liquid in too fast and the powder will all dissolve. Once liquid has been successfully mixed in to the dry ingredients, the consistency should be spongy so it sticks together when squeezed.

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Prepare muffin tins with liners and fill the bottom of each one with dried flowers.

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Press mixture into each muffin cup and firmly press down. Allow to dry for several hours before removing from muffin tins. Store in a tin or tightly sealed jar away from moisture. Drop one into a warm bath when ready to use.

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Jen Casey is a Holistic Nutritionist with Next Bite Nutrition Coaching in Vancouver, BC. She focuses her practice on whole body wellness and building a solid foundation for the pillars of health. Learn more about Jen and her healthy meal plans on Instagram.

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5 Ways You Can Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Shine Up Your Skin + Hair

Apple Cider Vinegar, or ACV, has been used for centuries for external and internal benefits.

When processed, ACV is fermented, the sugars turn into alcohol, and you are left with a vinegar which is a similar PH to skin.  The acetic, lactic, citric, and other acids in the apple cider vinegar help to dissolve dead skin cells, revealing a shiny, fresh layer and restore the acid balance of your skin.

There are many benefits of ACV when used internally, and Bragg’s website claims a few important benefits of using their vinegar externally, including

  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Relieves muscle pain from exercise

When purchasing ACV, be sure that the “Mother” exists.  This ensures that the best part of the apple has not been destroyed during processing and that it is rich in it’s natural minerals and enzymes.

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We have 5 ways to use this natural pantry staple in your weekly skin and hair care regime:

  1. Fight oily skin and acne with a purifying ACV mask, made of 1 TBLSP green clay to help draw impurities, and 1 TBLSP ACV to balance PH.  Apply liberally (avoid eyes), leave on for 15 minutes and rinse.

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  2. Shine up dull skin using ACV to dissolve dead skin cells.  Apply vinegar to your skin using a cotton ball dampened with purified water. Repeat weekly.
  3. Add shine to dull hair that is built up with product.  Add 1 TBLSP ACV in a small bowl of water.  Pour over hair and comb through.  Rinse. This is one of my weekly treatments that leaves my hair so soft and shiny.hair
  4. Eliminate odour and fungus from feet! Soak feet in a bowl of warm water with 1/2 cup ACV and Tea Tree Oil (5 drops). Soak for 15 minutes, rinse off and towel dry well.

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  5. Soothe sunburns, sore muscles and rashes by adding 1/2 cup ACV to your bath water.  Soak for 15-20 minutes.

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Jen Casey is a Holistic Nutritionist with Next Bite Nutrition Coaching in Vancouver, BC. She focuses her practice on whole body wellness and building a solid foundation for the pillars of health. Learn more about Jen and her healthy meal plans on Instagram.