Do you suffer from After Syndrome? You do if you found yourself saying, “After the holidays” a lot in November and December. Most of us postpone appointments, activities, get-togethers, tasks, and projects until some nebulous date that’s simply “after.” (This happens whether or not we have fibromyalgia or chronic illness.) Well, it’s probably not surprising news, but … AFTER has arrived! If you’re pooped out just thinking about what’s next, I’ve got a recipe for you.
Answer these three questions.
Do you …
- Have more to-do’s than can get done on your “After the Holidays” list?
- Find that you overdid it a bit through the holidays?
- Wish for another month between December and January?
If so, you need a break. And there’s no better way to take a break than a soothing bath. Sit back, relax, and soak your troubles away. At least, for a moment.
And, that moment really counts!
Taking a break gives your body the opportunity to breathe, settle down, lower your blood pressure, and loosen the knots in your muscles and digestive system. Of course, you can take a soak any time of day. But if you give yourself the time to soak before bedtime, you can then take those relaxation benefits right into a good night’s sleep.
You already know that taking a break with a soothing bath is a good thing. Would you like to make it even better?
Plop in a fizzy, scent-i-licious bath bomb – one that you make yourself. Bath bombs help to soften the water (and your skin!), while distributing healthy and healing ingredients that you include.
When you make your own easy to put together bath bombs, you can be sure that they contain everything you want and none of what you don’t want. No mystery ingredients.
The great folks at Village Naturals make it so easy. When they offered to send me some of their products to experiment with, I said, “You bet!” By getting busy in the kitchen, I’ve created yet another fun, simple, and soothing recipe sure to tame tension and sore muscles. Just follow the simple directions below to begin your own healthy, healing, and relaxing journey. Make them for yourself and give a few as gifts, too. Simply wrap them individually in gift bags or put a bunch in a gift basket to take to the office, to school, or wherever you wish to share the gift of stress-relief.
Remember … you don’t have to suffer from After Syndrome anymore!
Soothing Smoothing Confetti Bath Bombs
Here are the items that I used:
- Village Naturals Therapy Aches + Pains Tension Relief Concentrated Mineral Bath Soak (includes Juniper, Orange, and Menthol)
- Baking soda
- Citric Acid
- Sweet almond oil
- Essential oils (your favorite choice, i.e, Orange, Peppermint, Sandalwood, etc.)
- Witch hazel in a spray bottle
- Mixing bowl, whisk, measuring spoons/cups
- Cupcake pan and liners
¼ C –Village Naturals Therapy Aches + Pains Tension Relief Concentrated Mineral Bath Soak
¼ C Citric Acid
½ C Baking soda
2 TB Sweet almond oil (or use coconut oil)
Witch hazel in a spray bottle
6 drops Essential oil
- In a small dish, whisk together the citric acid powder, baking soda, and the Village Naturals Aches + Pains Tension Relief Concentrated Mineral Bath Soak. Blend until all the lumps are gone.
- The Village Naturals Aches + Pains Tension Relief Bath Soak mixture will leave pretty little, blue colored “dots” in your mixture that looks like confetti 😉
- Add the almond oil one tablespoon at a time until the mixture clumps together a bit. Add the fragrance (essential oils). At this point, I abandoned the whisk and used my hands. Continue mixing until it’s all well-incorporated. It will feel a bit dry.
- Spritz the mixture with the witch hazel. (I gave it about 4 sprays.)
- Use your hands to shape small amounts of the mixture into six small balls — about the size of a plum. Drop each one into a muffin tin that’s lined with paper cups.
- Use the back of a spoon to smoosh the mixture into the cups. Press as firmly as possible.
- Depending on your room temperature and humidity level, let dry for about 6 hours or overnight. If humidity is an issue, you can heat the oven to about 200 degrees and turn it off. Then place the muffin tin in the slightly warm oven and dry for about 4 hours or longer. (I used the warm oven method and left them in overnight.)
Sue’s recipe notes: Here’s the scoop. I made a few batches of these. My first batch crumbled into piles of dust. But hey … it still works to make a soothing bath whether it’s a handful of crumbs or a clump of crumbs. For my second batch, I used about 3 TB of almond oil. They were a bit easier to mold and held together better, but they stayed soft in the middle and didn’t peel nicely from the liner papers. That was too much oil.
It took a Goldilocks-esque effort to get it just right. That’s the recipe noted above. Admittedly, they were harder to squish together, but they did dry better and peeled out of the papers as they should.
Have fun in the kitchen making your own bath bombs, and let me know how they turn out! Don’t worry about how they look. Just use whatever mold you’d like. Keep in mind that no matter how they turn out, you get to reap the relaxation rewards!