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Friday, December 12, 2014

Fair Friday- Fragrant Bath Salts

Fragrant Bath Salts

I continue my Fair Friday feature. I tuned up my nutrition this year and I am paying more attention not only to what I put in my body, but also what I put on my body. I've started using more natural products in my beauty routine.  So each week I'm going to share different products I've made.

Today's entry can be made from ingredients you probably have around the house.  It is easy and inexpensive to make. I made a few of these for Christmas this year and made the ones pictured for myself..  If you don't want to use them in the bath, you can leave some in a bowl to add fragrance to any room.

Bath salts made with Epsom salts are great for athletes with sore muscles or muscle cramping.

2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons glycerin
10 drops l fragrance oil of choice
5 drops of colorant

Mix the salt, and soda together in a large mixing bowl.  Mix well. Add the glycerin, color and fragrance. Mix until the glycerin and color are well distributed in the mixture.
Cover the bowl with plastic.  Stir the mixture and work to break up any clumps that have formed.  After a week, package in jars.

To use put ½ cup in bath as the water is being run.

I used Cool Water's fragrance and English Rose. You can leave out the color if you want to go completely natural.  I added a few dried rose petals to the rose one, but you can leave them out if you don't want them floating around the tub or clogging up the drain.

These make great gifts when packed into jars. Vintage pieces would also be great like, old canning jars. Just be sure to keep it tightly sealed.

Both of the main ingredients are great for your skin.

Epsom Salts:  Great for inflammation and muscular aches.  The salts are a compound of magnesium and sulfate. Both can be absorbed through the skin when bathing with Epsom salts.  Some of the health benefits include:
  • Relieve pain and muscle cramps.
  • Help muscles and nerves function properly.
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improves absorption of nutrients and helps to flush toxins.

Baking Soda:  Is soothing to the skin and softens the skin. It helps to absorb the fragrance, that is then released when the mixture hits the warm bath water.

Chris Wodke representing Team USA at Dallas PATCO 2014

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 159 members in 30 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
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