Today, I dug into Lesson 3 of Certification, which deals with Monoterpenols and Sesquiterpenols. Long words that probably mean nothing to you unless you just really liked Organic Chemistry in high school and/or college. I took 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry and prefer to forget those moments of my life. My professor had just recently returned from Berlin where he was a guest professor for a number of years. Apparently, the culture in Berlin or maybe that particular school was that grades should follow the bell curve. 50% of the students should fail the class. That doesn’t really fly in American colleges. He must have thrived over there because he was a horrible professor. Didn’t explain anything and the textbook was even worse. Just to give you an example of how bad we all did in his class. I once received a 16% on an exam. Me. The 3.5 GPA all through high school and college student. On the curve, that 16% was a B. It was bad. So, going through all these chemical compounds had me a little nervous when I started. But Andrea is a much better teacher and the ‘exams’ are much easier than my college professor’s. It’s all based in practical knowledge, which is very helpful.
So, you are probably tired of hearing about my college nightmares. Onto our recipe for today!
The assignment was to create a bath salt using 3-4 oils high in monoterpenols. Here are the oils we are studying in this class that are high in monoterpenols:
Basil ct. linalool, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Rose absolute, Rosewood, Spike Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Tea Tree, Thyme ct. linalol, Thyme ct. thymol, Ylang Ylang
Most of these oils just smell calming to me so I decided to make a relaxation bath salt blend. The dilution is at a little less than 1% since it is used in hot water which increases absorption. Here’s what I came up with. Hope you like it!
Calming Bath Salts
4 oz Salts (Epsom salts are my favorite because I’m always sore, but Himalayan Pink Salts would work well too)
2 tsp. Carrier Oil (I used Fractionated Coconut Oil, but Jojoba oil/wax or even olive oil would work very well)
1 drop Basil linalool (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool)
1 drop Rose absolute (Rosa x damascena) *
4 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
4 drops Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata var. genuina)
6 drops Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Mix well in a glass or PET plastic container. Use 1 oz per bath (this recipe makes enough for 4 baths).
* Rose absolute is pretty pricey. You can leave it out, but it does add a really nice undertone to this blend.
Isn’t it purty?!
These would make great gifts! If I were making these as gifts, I would probably mix in some pink Himalayan salt for color and maybe some lavender buds or ground up rose petals. Attach a wooden scoop and a label and it’s ready to go! I’ll be giving you more salt recipes soon. I have a few floating around in my head that I can share with you.