By Larraine Roulston:
During the holiday season, some individuals strive to surprise family and friends with memorable homemade gifts. If sourcingherbs and other ingredients to create personal care products are your focus, this bath bomb recipe with scented evergreen needles is a popular choice. Bath bombs, also known as bath fizzies, combine the natural ingredients of baking soda and citric acid that have a chemical reaction when dropped into a bath. The oil and cornstarch make the water feel soft and silky, and the Epson salts are known to relieve aching muscles. Those who live in a community or homes nestled amongst coniferous trees have the advantage of readily available needles to provide the aroma for a thoughtful, homemade luxurious gift.
The following is taken from Learning Herbs. View the link below to read the preparation details and the method used.
Here is what you will require to make 6 bath bombs:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 25 drops of fir needle essential oil
- 15 drops of black spruce essential oil
- 15 drops scotch pine essential oil
- Witch hazel (or another hydrosol) in a spritzer bottle
- Evergreen needles (optional) to decorate.
In a large bowl, begin by blending baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salts and cornstarch. Stir well and break up any clumps. In another bowl, blend olive oil and essential oils. Drizzle them onto the dry mixture. Mix well. Next, dampen the mixture by spraying witch hazel around the bowl, pausing to stir. If it starts fizzing, stir to contain the reaction. Once blended, place a clump in your hand. The consistency should be that of damp sand. Press firmly into a mold or suitable container such as a measuring cup or sturdy small fruit nappy. Add a couple of evergreen needles to the center. Once packed down, tap the container to pop the contents onto a sheet of parchment paper. Any parts that crumble can be repacked for another attempt. For best results, let the bath bomb set for 24 hours.
Most evergreen needles are safe to use in recipes for personal care products. One exception, however, are the needles that grow on yew trees. Also, if you choose to use any needles from your Christmas tree or wreaths that you have purchased, be certain to check that the boughs have not been sprayed with chemicals.
You might be inspired to fill a gift basket with an array of other Learning Herbsitems that include Evergreen Lip Balm, Body Butter or Moisturizing Salt Scrub, which also are featured on the link.
To enhance your basket of luxury even further, you can include a bottle of homemade wine or liqueur. To make Baileys, for example, my recipe calls for cracking 3 eggs into a blender and adding 3 tablespoons of chocolate powder. While this mixture is blending, include a few drops of almond extract, 1 pint of whipping cream, 1 can of Eagle Brand milk, then top with 1 cup of inexpensive rye whiskey. Bottle, add a bow, then refrigerate.
The gift of your time can indeed be most memorable.
Larraine writes children’s adventure books on composting and pollinating. To view, visit