Bombing the Tub
Both bath bombs and CBD are two trends which have exploded in the past few years. Bath bombs infused with CBD and terpenes can provide deeply soothing and restorative effects. Also, if purchased, are much more convenient as you don’t have to count drops, figure out which spoon is the tablespoon, and keep track of all those essential oil bottles. It is, however, more cost-efficient (and fun!) to buy the ingredients in bulk and make your own preferred fizzy ball of aroma. Terpenes in a bath bomb are great for your skin, smell wonderful, create an atmosphere and are pleasing to watch.
To make your own CBD or terpene-infused bath bombs you are going to need to buy a mold. Many common shapes are available online. Once you acquire the mold, gather the following:
- 4 ounces baking soda
- 2 ounces corn starch
- 2 ounces citric acid
- 2 ounces epsom salt
- 1 ½teaspoons water
- 1 teaspoon (roughly 100 drops) of preferred essential oil(s) or terpene isolate(s)
- ¼teaspoon THC or CBD coconut oil
- 2 drops food coloring or mica color powder
Combine all the dry ingredients into a glass bowl and all the wet ingredients, except the food coloring, into a glass. Mix each accordingly, then combine the two into a separate bowl. Using a whisk, mix slowly until the consistency is smooth and even. If there is a lot of fizzing, you are mixing too fast. After they are all mixed, the amalgamation should feel like a damp sand. To ensure the correct consistency, place a small amount in your hand and squeeze. The mixture should stick together in big chunks once you release your hand; add a few more drops of water if it does not. Once you reach the desired consistency, mix in the colored powder, if using. Fill each half of the mold but do not pack it in to densely. Press the halves together tightly for a few seconds then gently remove one. Remold if needed. Let it sit for a day then it is ready to use. Lemon oil contains limonene, a terpene which can uplift you and stimulate your senses, making it a great oil to use. It also has a strong and enjoyable lemon and citrusy scent.
Toss it in a warm tub and let your stresses fizzle away with it. Or buy some online (however I urge you to stray from any bath bombs with ‘fragrance’ in the active ingredient list, read more here). Either way, I urge you to experience the relieving effects of terpenes.
Terpenes in the Tub
Bath bomb or not, there is nothing better after a strenuous workout, a stressful day at work, or simply just a long day, than a relaxing soak in the tub. There are a few different ways to use terpenes in conjunction with a hot bath, one of which is to simply add a few drops of your favorite terpene to running bath water, which helps it mix thoroughly throughout the bath. Because terpene extracts tend to be so concentrated, only one tablespoon or roughly 12 drops - are needed for a full standard-sized bath.
For added benefit, terpenes infused into bath salts or a bath bomb are the optimal choice. Bath salts are composed of Epsom salt (crystalized magnesium) and is often used as a home treatment by many for arthritis, bruises and sprains, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, and sore muscles among various other reasons. It is believed that the salt is absorbed through the skin and helps relieves aches and pains as it relaxes muscles and loosens joints.
When infused with terpenes from the eucalyptus plant, Epsom salt can help relieve muscle cramps and congestion while also providing pain relief. Eucalyptus oil is a very strong essential oil and may cause eye irritation, so be wary of lowering your head into the water or start slowly with less than 5 drops. Bathing has been proven to improve heart health, lung strength, brain function, immunity, alongside many other benefits.1 Steaming water cleanses your hair, skin, eyes, and greatly benefits your joints and muscles, so.. what’s stopping you? Light some candles, turn off your cell phone, and take an hour to unwind, relax, and let the steamy water and terpenes soak the weight off your shoulders, and let your unnecessary stress, anxiety, uneasiness, and tension float away.
1 - "Effect of intensive swimming training on lung volumes, airway resistances and on the maximal expiratory flow-volume relationship in prepubertal girls." SpringerLink, link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s004210050246.