By Melissa Hutsell
Valentine’s Day may be a commercialized holiday, but it’s also an opportunity to celebrate self-love. One of the main ways to practice this is to take time for rest and relaxation, and to enjoy a fine bottle of bubbly, or another effervescent pleasure—a hot bath.
The Gift of Relaxation
There’s nothing a hot bath can’t fix, as the saying goes. They moisturize, ease tension, and allow for a better night’s sleep. That’s why many successful people—like fashion designer, Tom Ford—swear by their therapeutic properties so much that they take multiple baths per day.
But, you don’t need to take that many to reap the benefits of baths—you can make the experience feel just as luxurious.
Treat yo’self (or a loved one) to CBD infused bath bombs. Create them yourself, or bring your partner in on the action by making them (and using them) together.
These bath bombs are easy to make, and even easier to personalize. For example, customize each batch with essential oils of choice, tea leaves, or even dried lavender. You can also add food coloring, or biodegradable glitter, if you don’t mind the clean up.
Incredibly Calming, and Easy to Make
The process is inexpensive, and can be done with household ingredients.
Citric acid is one of the most important, albeit tricky, ingredients on the list to find. I grabbed mine in the food preservative section at Target. When its mixed with baking soda, it creates a reaction—causing the fizziness bath bombs are known for. Cornstarch, however, slows this reaction so it lasts for minutes instead of seconds.
The therapeutics effects of this recipe lie in its other ingredients. Those include Epsom salt, which eases muscle tension; CBD to combat pain and anxiety; and essential oils, which boost a variety of benefits for the body and mind. Subsequently, they’re great at easing cramps, soreness, headaches and stress.
As soon as you pop these bad boys in the tub, they fizzle, releasing an ultra soothing aroma and CBD oil into the water as it sputters. By the time it dissolves, the calming effects of the CBD kick in—thoroughly easing the mind and muscles by the time the steam fades.
Infused Bath Bombs with Essential and CBD oils
Start to finish: 1 hour
Makes roughly 18 small bath bombs, or 8 larger bombs
8 ounces baking soda
4 ounces Epsom salt
4 ounces corn starch
4 ounces citric acid
2.5 teaspoons coconut oil
1.5 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon essential oil of choice
1 teaspoon CBD oil
witch hazel (optional)
To begin, measure and mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Secondly, use a teaspoon to measure and mix the liquids—coconut oil (make sure it’s melted), water, essential oil, and CBD oil—in a separate bowl.
**If you’d like to make two differently scented sets of bombs with this one batch, then you will need to divide the dry, and the wet mixtures in half—placing them in separate bowls—before adding essential oils.
Now it’s time to mix the wet and dry ingredients. Use a spoon to slowly add the liquids, a few droplets at a time, to the bowl of dry ingredients. Whisk directly where liquids are landing. This process can take 10-15 minutes (another set of hands is helpful here). If ingredients are starting to react, go slower. The result should be a sand-like mixture.
**If you’re making two batches, you’ll need to do this process twice with each set of wet and dry ingredients.
Now, it’s time to scoop—and firmly pack—the mixture into molds. If the mixture it too dry, and is not sticking together, add a few drops of extra water, oil, or even some witch hazel for extra mositure. Shape them into balls with your hands, or use a silicone mold (heart shape, easter egg shape, etc.)—even ice cubes trays. Alternatively, use meatball maker tongs to create larger spherical bombs.
Let them sit overnight, up to 6-8 hours. Then, enjoy!