Nothing is more soothing at the end of a long day than relaxing in a hot bath. Throwing a bath bomb into the mix can help ease aches and pains while a nice aroma can help you relax both mentally and physically. Rather than paying a hefty price for boutique bath bombs, keep reading to learn how to make your own at home using dried herbs.

Choosing Materials for Bath Bombs

Before you can make your own bath bombs at home, you need to stock up on a few supplies. If you want to create fizzy bath bombs, you'll need plenty of baking soda and citric acid. These two substances react to create fizz which can be very soothing (not to mention fun!). Epsom salts are another great addition to homemade bath bombs because they reduce pain and inflammation. For color, you can use natural additives like matcha tea powder or you can use regular liquid dye.

In addition to materials to make your bath bombs fizz and soothe your skin, think about how you want them to smell. Adding essential oils is a great way to scent your bath bombs and it is a great way to enjoy some aromatherapy as well. Adding dried herbs will also give your bath bombs some aroma, but essential oils are a little more concentrated. You can also use herb-infused oils to add a pleasant scent and, depending which oils you choose, they might add some additional benefits.

How to Make Herb-Infused Oil

To use dried herbs in homemade bath bombs, the easiest thing to do is to make herb-infused oil. Start with your choice of dried herbs and place them in a clean glass jar. Fill the jar the rest of the way with oil, covering the herbs by at least one inch. Stir it all together then cover the jar with the lid then place it in a warm, sunny location. Let the herbs infuse for 2 to 3 weeks, shaking the jar at least once a day. After the herbs have infused, strain them using a piece of cheesecloth and keep the oil for your bath bombs.

Basic Recipe for Homemade Bath Bombs

The beauty of homemade bath bombs is that they are incredibly easy to customize - all you need is a basic recipe and you can alter the ingredients to make it your own. This recipe is for a homemade fizzy bath bomb using dried herbs. Try the recipe as it is, then see how you can improve upon it!

  • 1 ½ cups baking soda
  • ¾ cup citric acid
  • 4 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons herb-infused oil
  • 20 drops essential oils
  1. Whisk together the baking soda, citric acid, and Epsom salt in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the herb-infused oil and essential oils.
  3. Stir the oil mixture into the dry ingredients, breaking up any clumps as you go.
  4. Squeeze the mixture together, making sure it sticks well - if needed, spritz with witch hazel to add moisture.
  5. Pack the mixture into bath bomb molds and let them set for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the bath bombs from the molds and let them air dry for 24 to 48 hours.
  7. Store in airtight containers until ready to use.
If you really want to get the most out of your homemade bath bombs, try growing and drying the herbs yourself. There is no substitute for home-grown herbs, whether you're cooking or making beauty products. Grow your favorites then use them in homemade bath bombs!

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