Use these dandelion bath bombs when you need relief for achy muscles and sore joints. These soothe the achyness with dandelion’s anti-inflammatory powers. Rich in muscle relaxing magnesium, dandelion blossoms are free for the picking throughout most of the world.
Weekend warriors would do well to harvest dandelion for it’s anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxing, analgesic benefits.
Rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium, and many other essential minerals and antioxidants, dandelion is a potent healer. And while you can take advantage of these benefits by drinking dandelion tea or eating dandelion greens, in this post we’ll focus on using dandelion flowers topically to get relief from joint and muscle pain fast.
Dandelion bath bombs
Make these dandelion bath fizzies when the dandelions are abundant in the spring. You’ll need to plan these ahead.
Harvest dandelion blossoms. Dry the opened flowers overnight in a dehydrator set on low heat. You’ll need both dandelion infused oil and dried dandelion blossoms for this recipe. But this is one of those fun recipes that you can’t buy in the store — it’s priceless.
See this post and learn how to make dandelion infused oil.
Dandelion Bath Bombs Recipe
Yield: 4 or 5 bath bombs
- ¼ cup white kaolin clay
- ¼ cup + 5 dried dandelion flowers
- 1 cup of baking soda
- ¼ cup Himalayan Pink Salt, fine grade
- 1 tablespoon yellow Brazilian clay colorant
- 2 tablespoon dandelion infused oil (see this post on how to prepare dandelion infused oil)
- 1 teaspoon sunflower lecithin
- 20 drops frankincense essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- ½ cup citric acid, non GM
- 4 to 8 spritzes of Isopropyl alcohol
- Wire Whisk
- Glass mixing bowl
- Spray bottle for isopropyl alcohol
- Bath bomb molds like this or this
- Place kaolin clay and dandelion flowers in a blender. Whirl on medium speed until the mixture is finely blended and of a coarse flour consistency.
- Place kaolin clay-dandelion blend, baking soda, pink salt, yellow Brazilian clay, dandelion infused oil, and lecithin into the mixing bowl. Whisk the mixture to blend in the color and remove any clumps of baking soda. Whisk until it is of uniform fine consistency and pale yellow in colour.
- Using the whisk, stir in the essential oil. Mix well so that the mixture has a uniform consistency.
- Whisk the citric acid into the mixture. Mix fully with the whisk.
- There is no need to treat the molds. The mixture will drop out of the molds without issue.
- Working in a well-ventilated area, spritz the mixture lightly with the alcohol, while whisking to prevent a fizzing reaction. Avoid breathing in the alcohol. Add only enough alcohol to allow the mixture to clump together when squeezed in your hand. It should have the moisture content of barely damp sand. Try three spritzes and then check the consistency. Test it to see if it will hold together. It should be fluffy after spritzing, not dense and wet. How much alcohol you need depends on the relative humidity in your area.
- Only add more alcohol if the mixture won’t hold together easily.
- Using the bath bomb mold, place a single dried dandelion blossom into one side of the mold, sunny side down. Scoop up enough of the bath bomb mixture into each half of the bath bomb mold, so that both sides are over-full. Really pack it in. Both sides of the mold should be overflowing. Press the two halves of the mold together tightly, to compress the bath bomb mixture into a tight package. Brush off any excess mixture.
- Allow the mold to sit undisturbed for a few minutes. Open the mold and pop out the bath bomb onto a piece of parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Be gentle. The bath bomb will solidify as it dries.
- Allow the bath bombs to dry overnight. Turn it over and dry for an additional 12 hours. Once the bath bombs are dry, wrap the dandelion bath bombs in plastic wrap or shrink wrap, if desired, to make them more secure if you are gifting them.
If making bathbombs successfully has eluded you, learn the bath bomb secrets that professionals use here. and master this easy DIY luxury. They make amazing gifts for family and friends, but be sure to enjoy some yourself too.
How to use these bath bombs
Drop one dandelion bath bomb into a bath of hot water, just before you are ready to enter the bath. The lecithin allows the oil in the bath bomb to mix with the water so that your tub doesn’t become slick with the oil.
Soak for at least 20 minutes to allow dandelion infused oil and the frankincense and rosemary essential oils to reduce muscle aches and to relieve tension.
Grow your bath bomb superpowers
Once you know the secret to making amazing, DIY bath bombs, you’ll have the perfect gift to add to your holiday baskets. Dandelion bath bombs are one of the best kinds of bath bombs to make for gifts and for your own use because you can’t buy them in a store. But yes, they are luxurious.
As you plan your bath bomb crafting don’t limit yourself to just one kind of bath bomb. Check out these other bath bomb recipes for variety.
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What about Polysorbate 80 instead of the lecithin or the Dr. Bonners?
Is there a substitute for the sunflower lecithin? What is it’s purpose? Thank you!
Joybilee Farm says
The sunflower lecithin is an emulsifier. It prevents the oil from floating on the surface of the water and causing a slipping hazard in the bathtub. You could use liquid castile soap like Dr. Bonner’s instead or soy lecithin.
Will menthol crystals work in the bath bombs? Thanks for your articles.
Joybilee Farm says
I don’t think that would be a good choice. They are too concentrated for putting in the bath.