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Are there some days when the kids just won't hop in the bath? Or maybe you just feel like a good long soak in a warm, therapeutic bath? These bath bombs are so simple to put together and make fantastic home made presents for birthdays and thank you gifts. The essential oils add a healing element to the bath bombs and the magnesium in the epsom salts effectively draw out any residual lactic acid in the body ( which can stagnate in the muscles after excessive exercise, leaving a characteristic "aching" feeling).

Bath Bombs
Bath bombs

Almost edible bath bombs

Children will enjoy forming the large "ball" shapes in their bare hands, and will readily get in a bath to see how they fizz, float and smell. So why not make some of these, light a candle, sit back in your nearest bath (of course, water restrictions permitting) and relax?

Maybe add some lavender flowers?

Bath Bombs
Ingredients for Bath Bombs

Bath Bombs
Ingredients ready to mix

Time: 30 minutes

2 cups Bicarb soda (Sodium Bicarbonate, also known as Baking Soda)
1 cup citric acid
1 tablespoon filtered water
10 drops essential oil/s (use your favorite selection/s -lavender is easiest to find and most people like the smell)
1/2 cup oatmeal (optional extra for soothing irritated skin)
1 drop food coloring (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh or dried lavender flowers (optional)
1/2 cup epsom salts (optional)

Combine Bicarb soda (sodium bicarbonate), citric acid, essential oil/s and add the filtered water a little at a time until the mixture begins to "stick" together. Add the optional ingredients at this point.
Form the mixture into ball shapes with your hands.
Gently place them onto a flat surface (I put our in patty pans in the muffin tray to keep them safe from little fingers) and allow your lovely bath bombs to sit for 24 hours before adding to your luxurious bath. They will become rock hard in the mean time, and will be easy to gift wrap and offer as perfect presents.
Enjoy the health benefits and feel the tension release from your weary muscles. You will feel invigorated and refreshed.

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These look very pretty. :) Just makes me wish I had a bath big enough to enjoy one! The bath at my parents place seemed small when we were kids, I dread to think of what it is like now!
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