Fans of Victorian romance novels must have read the stories of helpless women who yearned for scented salt to be made in the midst of their great misery. But scented salt is not something of a bygone era. Many athletes today, such as hockey players, boxers and soccer players, use the relief-smelling ammonia salt to increase energy or to restore consciousness after a hard blow. But making scented salt can be dangerous and it's best to just let the chemists make it in their labs. Therefore, try the alternative to making scented salt without ammonia, which can also be mixed to restore consciousness and increase energy, as well as to reduce anxiety and stress, help you sleep well, and fight off colds!
Part 1 of 2: Making Salt Mixture Base
Step 1. Prepare the Epsom salt
Epsom salt, which is half of the basic content of aroma salt, is not really salt, but is a natural compound of magnesium and sulfate heptahydrate. Measure out 1 1/4 cups of Epsom salt in a measuring cup, and pour into a glass, hard plastic, or metal bowl. Store excess Epsom salt in an airtight container so you can make different flavored salt mixtures at a later date.
- You will need to use a bowl made of metal, hard plastic or glass so that when you add the oil, the oil doesn't get absorbed into the bowl. This possibility sometimes occurs if you use a bowl made of wood.
- Epsom salt can be purchased cheaply. You can buy a 0.9 kg box of Epson salt for about Rp. 26,000 at pharmacies and convenience stores.
- A 2.25 kg bag of Epsom salt costs around Rp. 65,000, and this size is enough to stock up on bath salts as well as your own homemade scented salt mix.
Step 2. Measure and add sea salt
Sea salt is made by evaporation of water, and is coarser in texture than table salt. That's one reason why sea salt mixed with Epsom salt makes an excellent base for aroma salt. Both can absorb the essential oils added to them. Add tablespoon of sea salt to the Epsom salt.
There are two kinds of sea salt, namely fine and coarse textured. Both can be used, but because coarse sea salt has a lower moisture level, it will absorb the oil more easily
Step 3. Stir the salt until evenly mixed
Use a metal spoon, and stir until everything is well combined. You should see the sparkle of the sea salt crystals during the mixing process. Alternatively, if you are using a glass bowl with a tight-fitting lid, seal the lid and shake well until the salt is evenly distributed.
- Another option is to use a large enough plastic container with a lid (like the one used for putting sour cream), then put some salt in it and beat until smooth.
- You will need to use a metal spoon during the mixing process, just as you would a metal, hard plastic or glass bowl. Later, when you add essential oils, they don't absorb into the iron spoon.
Part 2 of 2: Making an Essential Oil Blend
Step 1. Determine the effect you want to get from the aroma salt
Do you want to be more alert and refreshed? Do you want to lower your stress level? Are you having trouble sleeping? During the decision-making process, do an online search such as “energy-boosting essential oils” for a list of essential oils with this effect or characteristic.
- Other examples of words that could be included in your search are calming, soothing, uplifting, clearing, purifying, etc.
- You can also do a search like “essential oils for headaches” or “essential oils for depression”.
Step 2. Choose three types of essential oils according to their categories
If it's your first time learning to mix essential oils, it's best to use small amounts of any of the ingredients available from fresh to fast-expanding. To make sure the ingredients complement each other, you should define a category according to the list of essential oils you want. You can do an online search for “essential oil category” or something similar. Now that you have a list of the names of the oils you are looking for that appear in your online search, write the name of the oil category next to it.
- The nine categories of essential oils are: floral, tree, natural, herbal, mint, medicinal/camphorous, spicy, oriental and citrus scents.
- As a main principle, oils of the same category will be perfectly mixed.
- Plus, the flowers blend perfectly with the spicy, citrusy and tree-scented oils. The tree-scented oil blends in perfectly with all categories. The spicy, oriental-scented oil blends perfectly with floral, oriental and citrus notes. Mint oil blends perfectly with citrus, tree, herbal and natural-smelling oils.
Determine the main scents in your essential oils.
Essential oils are finally divided according to their main aromas, namely top notes, middle notes, and base notes. to create what is known as a synergistic mixture. The top notes evaporate the fastest and are sharp and refreshing, the middle notes are warmer and help balance out a blend, while the base notes are the heaviest and help to retain the essence of the mix longer. Take your list of essential oils and write the scents on each note of each oil next to its name.
You can also find a list of these oils by type on the internet. Or, study each category in books at the nearest library
Choose your essential oil. Go through a process of elimination, take your list and choose one oil from each note, then make sure that all the oils you choose are from the category that mixes perfectly. Finding the scent that appeals to you the most takes a lot of experimentation. Mixing essential oils is certainly more of an artistic skill than a scientific one. These are some mixes created especially for this article that fit the criteria by note and category:
- An energizing/mental-awareness blend: peppermint (Mentha piperita) as top notes, rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) as middle notes, and Peruvian balsam tree (Myroxylon pereirae) as base notes.
- A calming/anti-stress blend: lavender (Lavender angustifolia) as top notes, ylang ylang (Cananga odorata var genuine) as middle notes, and vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) as base notes.
- A soothing/sleeping blend: bergamot (Citrus bergamia) as top notes, roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) as middle notes, and sandalwood (Santalum album) as base notes.
- Flu/sinus clearing blends: First, mixtures for medicinal purposes don't need to follow (and usually don't) the main rules of scent category blends. There are many different types of essential oil blends for treatment, which you can find online. These are one of them, which was also created especially for this article: eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), which acts as an expectorant and to relieve blockages; ravensara (Ravensara aromatica), which functions as antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiallergic; and bay laurel (Laurus nobilis), which acts as an antioxidant and antiseptic.
Determine the ratio of the oil mixture. Start with a mixture with 10, 20 or 25 drops of oil, as essential oils are not only quite expensive but you will also need to experiment first. You will need to use the following ratio for aromatic mixtures: 30-50-20; ie 30% of your blend will be taken from top notes oil, 50% from middle notes, and 20% from base notes oil.
Then, add 6 drops of oil to the mixed salt. To make the above energy-boosting mixture according to this ratio, for this mixture you only need at least 10 drops. For 10 drops according to the ratio of 30-50-20, you need to add 3 drops of peppermint oil, 5 drops of rosemary and 2 drops of Peruvian balsam tree oil
Make your essential oil blend. Open each oil bottle and using a dropper, put a few drops from each essential oil bottle into an unused amber bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Tighten the lid and shake well.
- Amber bottles protect the essential oil components from damage caused by light, as they filter out UV rays.
- You can buy this amber bottle at a variety of container stores, and these bottles are sold in dozens or units of various sizes.
- You should also store your mixture in a cool, but not cold, place. Place the oil mixture out of the sun. Essential oils are volatile, which means they will evaporate when exposed to extreme temperatures.
Label the bottle. With a small piece of paper, write the name of the essential oil you are using. Stick it on the side of the bottle and stick a piece of tape over it. You can even give your own custom name tags to your mixes too.
Mixing and Packing Oil and Salt Base Concoctions
Add oil to salt. Using a dripper, add 6 drops of the oil you have mixed into the salt mixture. If your amber bottle containing the essential oil mixture has a plastic stopper on top, you can open the stopper and use a dropper to collect the oil, or you can gently tilt the bottle and give the bottle a gentle tap to let the oil out. drop by drop. Then, take a metal spoon and stir the oil and salt together until they are completely combined.
- If you're using a bowl or plastic container with a lid, tighten the lid and shake vigorously after you've stirred the oil and salt until they're completely combined.
- If you don't have a bowl with a lid, you may need to pour the contents into a sealed plastic bag after you've stirred the oil. Close the bag tightly and shake and swirl a few times while whisking, before pouring the entire contents back into the bowl.
- Keep in mind that if you smell that the aroma isn't very strong, you can always add more. Just pour in enough slowly. The thick essential oil has a very strong aroma, and it looks like we only put a little of the oil, but actually there is quite a lot. Then, just add 1-2 drops, mix again, and set aside for a while. When you come back, maybe the scent will be even more perfect.
Pour the aroma salt into a bottle. Again, you will need to use an amber bottle to protect the essential oils in the aroma salt, although the bottle should be larger than the bottle used for the oil. Using a funnel, then pour the salt from the bowl into the bottle. Tighten the cover.
If there's a little bit left over, that's okay. If you have enough, you can put the rest in a smaller amber bottle to take on a trip or to give to a friend or family member
Label this scented salt bottle. You want to make sure you know exactly which mixture you are using on each label on the bottle of scented salt you make. When you label your essential oil blend, also write down the oils used on a small piece of paper and tape it to the bottle.
- You can also give this mixture a name and stick it on your bottle.
- You can even add a specific photo, image, or quote that you find on the internet, which represents the essence of the aroma salt mixture. Print out the additional information and stick it on the bottle.
Using Aroma Salt
Clean the dust stuck to the bottle. Open the bottle of scented salt, hold it to your nose and inhale it for a few seconds. Then, close the bottle again. It's that simple!
You can also share the contents of the labeled bottles you make and put them in smaller amber bottles. You can put one bottle for home use, and the other in your bag or in your shirt pocket when you travel
Pour the aroma salt into a bowl. Many people like to keep a bowl of potpourri at home, but become frustrated by the smell that quickly wears off. The essential oils in the aroma salt will last longer. Pour the scented salt into a small bowl, and place it around your home. You can use it to make your home smell good, or place it strategically where it smells bad.
Use a small bag. Add the scented salt to a small sealed bag, or sew a small, square bag of porous material and fill it with the scented salt. If you made the mixture to help you sleep, you can place it near your pillow. You can also put a refreshing mix in your underwear drawer. Or you can also hang a cooling mixture on the front mirror in your car.
- When you buy essential oils, pay attention to words like “fragrance oil” or “identical natural oil”. This is not a pure essential oil, but the chemicals in it have been modified or added with water.
- To test if the oil is pure, put a drop on building paper. If it evaporates quickly, leaving no circular streaks, it means the oil is still pure. However, there are some exceptions. This test method does not apply to myrrh, patchouli and absolute oils, which are also oils extracted from plants but not through a chemical process, so the solution can leave traces.
- Essential oils are quite expensive but can last more than five years if stored properly, so always remember, it's better to keep only a little. Or, gradually you can add them too.
- Happy experimenting! Follow the directions on categories and notes, but let your nose decide!
- Wash your hands thoroughly after touching essential oils and before you touch your eyes.
- Never drink essential oils.
- Keep essential oils away from fire. Essential oils are flammable.
- Women who are pregnant and breastfeeding should be careful about using essential oils. There are several types of essential oils that are not recommended for these conditions.
- Although it is a natural solution, oils are high concentrations of chemical compounds. Some of them can cause side effects, which you can find by doing an online search, for example “essential oil side effects” or “clary sage side effects”.
- Never use essential oils directly on your skin. The oils have to be dissolved, and you should try using a small patch attached to your skin to see if it's causing an allergic reaction.
- You are not recommended to use essential oils on children under 3 months of age, and keep these oils away from children. Many of them smell delicious but are poisonous if ingested in certain amounts.