Easy and Inexpensive Holiday Crafts and Gifts with Epsom Salt
This holiday season when you “deck the halls,” try something different that's inexpensive, easy and that can involve the entire family: Decorate using Epsom salt!
This holiday season when you “deck the halls,” try something different that’s inexpensive, easy, and that can involve the entire family: decorate using Epsom salt! Create a winter wonderland by making “ice”-frosted windows, dazzle your home with glistening candles or make a centerpiece that sparkles with a snowy décor. You can also create bath salts, which make a thoughtful and inexpensive gift.
You can pick up Epsom salt at your local grocery store or pharmacy for just a few dollars. To learn more, please visit www.epsomsaltcouncil.org or www.facebook.com/epsomsalt. Here are four recipes for holiday decorating and gift-giving suggestions:
Add 10-15 drops of essential oil, depending on how strong you like your fragrance. Add food coloring until desired shade is achieved.
NOTE: When you bake the bath salts, some of the fragrance and color will evaporate, so use generous amounts of both when you mix the ingredients.
Divide mixture evenly among the muffin molds. Firmly pack the mixture and bake at 150 degrees for one hour.
NOTE: Avoid hotter temperature, because they could melt the bath salts. Let coolfor 20-30 minutes. Turn pan upside down and gently ease the bath salts out of the mold.
Finish with a decorative bow.
Epsom salt – actually magnesium sulfate – is one of the most versatile household products, with uses ranging from creating at-home spa treatments to soothing achy muscles to helping start or improve gardens. It’s been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, and it’s gaining a new generation of fans looking for a safe, economical alternative in a sea of expensive, over-the-counter remedies. Epsom salt is easy to use, easy to find in your local pharmacy or grocery store and it costs about the same per use as a cup of coffee. For more information, please visit either www.epsomsaltcouncil.org, www.facebook.com/epsomsalt, or contact Peter Smolowitz, (704) 916-6163, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get sunburned over the Labor Day weekend? Here’s a DIY tip on how to soothe mild sunburn: Make a compress by soaking a washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with Epsom salt (2 tablespoons per cup), then apply to the skin. http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/health/