Thursday, January 19, 2012

Winter Blues Bath Salts & DIY Pedestal Jar

Chase Away The Winter Blues. If you are feeling a little "blah" this Winter, take some time out for yourself and chase away those Winter blues with an uplifting, bath salts soak! Let the family know that you will be in-dispose for the next 30 minutes, get your favorite soft robe, slippers, some candles, your choice of beverage and your Winter blues bath salts and lock the door behind you!

What you will need to make a batch of Winter Blues bath salts is: course sea salt. Epsom salt. Blue coloring {we used regular food coloring, although you can get colors specifically for bath making products}. Grapefruit essential oil.The amounts of Epsom salt and sea salt will depend on how big of a batch you plan on making.

Why Grapefruit essential oil? This is why......

Anti Depressant: Like essential oils of  most of the citrus fruits, the Grapefruit Essential Oil too has great uplifting and relaxing effects on mind. It induces a positive feeling and hope, cures depression and relieves of anxiety and stress. This effect is due to two reasons. First, due to its aroma and second, due to its stimulating effects which stimulates certain hormones which have uplifting effects on the brain.

Stimulant: This oil stimulates and stimulates well. It has stimulating effects on the body and on the mind. It stimulates brain, makes it active and gives new directions to thoughts as well as stimulates endocrinal glands and promotes proper secretion of hormones and enzymes, thereby keeping in shape the whole metabolism. It further stimulates nervous system and makes you more active and alert. The digestive system is also benefited from this as it stimulates secretion of gastric juices and bile in the stomach as well as movement of ingested food through intestines. Further, it stimulates lymphatic system, circulatory system and excretory system.

Disinfectant: The Anti Viral and Anti Microbial properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil make it a good disinfectant. It does not only protect the body from new infections but also eliminates the infections which are already there. It is particularly effective on infections of colon, stomach, intestines, urinary system, excretory system and kidneys. It is further beneficial for oral and ocular infections as well as infections on skin. {source and for additional information}

Not to mention, Grapefruit smells wonder! 

To make the bath salts jar like the one we made you will need: cute little jar with lid. {Dollar Tree}

                                            Glass candle stick: {Dollar Tree}

                                                 E6000 glue

These lovely labels which we LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! We wanted to show you all the different label designs and how they look with different text. To get these FREE labels visit Cathe Holden of course!

Again, the amount of salts you will use depend on the size of the batch you want. For ours we used one cup of each salt and had extra in the end which is fine. Just store it a sealed container until ready to refill your jar.

Add your color in gradually until you get the desired color.We must have used 20 drops in all and still did not get the exact color we were going for, but what we got we are happy with.

Use a fork to work your color in as the fork allows the salts to mix and blend better that a spoon as the salt has to pass through the fork and all gets distributed better.

Next add in your beautiful smelling Grapefruit essential oil. Start out with a few drops, blend, see if you like it or want it stronger. We like ours strong and added about 10 or some drops.  After it is well mixed, set aside while you begin to work on your bath salts pedestal jar. The essential oil we used is from an Etsy shop called At the time we bought our four bottles of different oil, they had an offer going on now  where you get one bottle of oil free with the purchase of three. We are not compensated to say this, but the oil is a very good quality and the deal was great for essential oil. Check them out if you are interested.

Now it is time to get to work on the bath salts pedestal jar. Read the directions first time using this type of glue. Otherwise, get busy and apply glue to your glass pieces {bottom of jar and top ring of candle stick}. Keep inverted and use a heavy book on top to get a good strong seal. Allow to set up as directed. Download and get your label ready for the jar.

When your bath salts jar is ready, it is time to fill it with your Winter Blues bath salts. Just use a spoon to fill the jar with your fragrant mixture.

Apply your label as desired. We simply poked a hole on both sides of the label and tied it on with ribbon.

This is a look at the back side of the jar. We love how the Winter Blue bath salts takes on different hues in the  days changing light.

And their she is! Looking so very pretty in her Winter Blues with the scent of Grapefruit calling you a bit closer.

Take a big deep breath now.......ahhhhh.... smells soooooo gooooood! See, our spirits are lifted already!

When you want to sprinkle some in your bath you can use a spoon to scoop some out. SAFETY NOTE: Please be extra careful with wet hands and glass around the tub area. We suggest: start filling the tub and with dry hands, add your Winter Blues bath salts and set back on the shelf and than enter the tub. Your water will turn a very pretty shade of blue.

In all serious, depression or the blues is no laughing matter and we sincerely hope we have not come off that way. Whenever possible we love to dabble and indulge in the holistic side of health and well being. We hope we have inspired you to check out the uplifting world of Grapefruit bath salts. Be inspired, get creative!

                                          I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations;
                                          I will sing of You among the people.
                                          Psalm 108:3

Printable Labels/Cathe Holden
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  1. This is wonderful! I can't wait to try some for myself! Found you from the Thursdays are your days and am a new follower. You take great pictures and explain your tutorials very well! Can't wait to see what's next!

    Erika @ My Road to Savings

  2. I bet this smells amazing! I love citrus!!

  3. Can't wait to try these out! Thanks for including the directions for the cute container and links to the printable and essential oils, so many other tutorials leave you wondering where to get things. The pics are great!

  4. Great idea! I bet it smells amazing!

  5. That looks so simple and fancy! Love it!

  6. It's so funny that you are posting about citrus right now. I just did the same thing myself only in a lotion bar! There really is nothing better to lift your moods in my opinion. Great jar as well.

    Thanks for linking up to make it yourself mondays at creating home! :)

  7. I love grapefruit. I may have to try this. I've never tried my own bath salts. I love the jar too. I have a trip planned to Dollar Tree tomorrow : )

  8. Love this! I hope you will link it at our party!


  9. This is great, so pretty and a wonderful Valentine's gift, thanks for sharing:)

  10. How clever to make a pedestal jar. Love it! Pinned it today. I appreciate the verses at the end of your posts. Thanks!

  11. I already had the jar, so I made some similar bath salts to put in it. Thanks for sharing the idea!

  12. My daughter and I just made 2 batches for friends -- a fun time and so easy. We had a little left over after filling our jars so I got to test it out -- not only did it soften the water but was fragrant too. Thanks for sharing the detailed tips!