Crazy day or can’t sleep? Soaking in the tub is one of my favorite ways to destress. If your day totally sucked (or cramps are getting you down), you can at least end it on a good note! Take your soak up a notch with aromatherapy bath bombs. You’ll get a dose of moisturizing body oil along with the mind and body benefits of essential oils. The feel good scents are one of the easiest ways to soak away stress, calm PMS symptoms and turn your mood around.
How To Make Aromatherapy Bath Bombs
I love this recipe. At first, bath bombs are intimidating because there’s a higher-than-normal fear of failure. What if they don’t work?!? Never have I wanted something to fizz so badly! These do. I’ve made 4 batches, and they were all awesome. Start with these ingredients then customize with essential oils based on your desired bath experience.
- 1 cup citric acid
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup light oil such as sweet almond or sunflower
- Essential oils or dried herbs
- Molds – muffin tins work great and so do ice cream scoops
In a large-ish bowl combine baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch. Stir to combine and break up any clumps. Measure your oil in a measuring cup. Add essential oils (see below) to the oil. Pour oil mixture into dry ingredients and stir until you get a crumbly consistency.
Use your hands to compress the ingredients and press into a mold. I like to pack the mixture into a muffin tin. (Liners make removal much easier.) Or you can also use an ice cream scoop to scoop the mixture onto a baking sheet. Let the bath bombs sit in a cool, dry place overnight. Then carefully remove from mold.
Drop one bomb into bath and enjoy!
Store in an airtight container and use within six months.
Beat PMS with Lavender
Lavender is such a calming, soothing scent. It can ease headaches and lighten your mood (looking at you, PMS). Lavender also acts as a mild analgesic for cramps when absorbed through the skin, and a bath is the perfect way to let it soak in! Add 40 drops of lavender essential oil to the recipe above.
Sleep Soundly with Chamomile
Roman chamomile is especially helpful in combating insomnia. The scent of chamomile soothes the mind and helps bring a sense of calm (one of the big reasons why we can’t sleep!). Add 25 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil as well as the contents of a couple of chamomile tea bags to the recipe above.
Soak Away Stress with Roses
Rose essential oil is especially helpful in times of stress. Pure rose oil or rose absolute can be expensive, but a little goes a long way so you don’t need much to get its soothing scent and anti-stress benefits. Plus it has therapeutic benefits for menstruation, menopause and hormonal issues. Add 15 drops of rose absolute and 10 drops of jasmine or ylang ylang to the recipe above.227
Using the muffin pans how many bombs does this make?
Can’t these be used as shower tablets as well? Also, when setting in a cool, dry place, does the fridge work?
I’m interested in making these as gifts. I have a bunch of arrowroot powder left over from a previous craft, would I be able to use that in place of cornstarch? I don’t want to lose the fizz!!
FYI- I found citric acid at my local Amish foods store.
Leann Hamre says
It’s the citric acid that creates the fizz
These look amazing! I’d love to make them as Christmas gifts, but I’m unable to get citric acid. I’ve read that 1/4 lemon juice is equal to 1 teaspoon citric acid. Could I use lemon juice instead as long as i maintain the correct ratio? Or would that be way to runny? Please respond as soon as possible! Thank you so much :)
I want to try these but need to look up on where I can get citric acid.
I get mine off amazon it’s rather expensive to buy in the store. I get the 5 Lou d bag for $16 on amazon and that’s a great price
It’s over by the Canon jars I’m saying that at all stores
Amie Redman says
These sound so easy! I am especially excited to see that I can make ones to help my PMS and insomnia!!! Thank you for sharing! :)
Jaime Walker says
are these supposed to puff up and expand while you are putting them in the muffin pan? have made 2 batches now, and both expanded like crazy!
If they puff up, that means there is too much water. Try to cut the amount of water the recipe calls for. Also, humidity affects the bath bombs a lot.
Doreen Fulton says
A bath bomb to assist you to relax or to give a friend as a gift would be helpful and appreciated.
Thank you for sharing so many all-natural beauty treatments with everyday ingredients!
Love this! Pinning it now- I will definitely be making them this weekend, thanks!
Love this…how can I pin it?
Sorry…found it! ?
Sarah | Well and Full says
I need to try these!! If there’s one thing I need in my life, it’s anti-stress aromatherapy ;)
Melanie@Toots + Dill says
Omg I need to try this!!! They look so pretty!!
These look so lovely and easy to make! I love bath bombs, so I’ll have to try my hand at making my own!