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How to Make Lush Homemade Bath Bombs (Easy Recipe)

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How to make bath bombs with a few simple ingredients

There is something incredibly relaxing about a warm bath, and these homemade salt bath bombs take the relaxation up a notch!

Bath bombs have skyrocketed in popularity lately with thousands of options available (though I’d only recommend natural or organic options if possible). Kids and adults love them and while they can cost up to $9 each to buy, you can make a whole batch for just a couple of dollars!

Non-Toxic Bath Bombs

Homemade Salt Bath Bombs Recipe

When I was younger, I loved bath bombs, but avoided them as I’ve gotten older because store-bought versions typically contain artificial ingredients such as dyes and fragrances.

These homemade bath fizzies are a great solution! Made from nourishing sea salt or epsom salts, alkalizing baking soda, and fizzing citric acid with a nourishing oil and vanilla base.

These can be packaged for a great gift or made countless ways for relaxing baths anytime! 🙂

How to Make Bath Bombs

Bath bombs only take seconds to make, so it is important to have the ingredients on hand and measured before you start. Most of the ingredients are pantry staples in many homes, but make sure you have these on hand:

Baking Soda

The backbone of this recipe is alkalizing baking soda. It is a necessary complement to the acidic citric acid and part of the fizzing reaction.

Citric Acid

The more obscure ingredient in this recipe that a lot of people don’t have on hand is citric acid. It is necessary for the fizzing reaction that makes bath bombs feel like bathing in champagne.

Corn Starch or Arrowroot

Corn starch provides the silky feel that we all love from bath bombs. I usually use organic corn starch powder in this recipe. Arrowroot also works but doesn’t provide quite as silky of a finished product.

Salt, Oil, and Liquid

These are all very versatile and you can pick any combination that you have on hand. You’ll need some kind of:

  • Oil: Pick a simple oil like olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil or get more fancy with sea buckthorn oil, argan oil or apricot oil.
  • Salt: Stick to basic salt or take it up a notch with epsom salt or another favorite salt option.
  • Liquid: Basic water works, but I also love using organic witch hazel for some extra skin-soothing.

Scents and Colors

This is where the options get endless. Use your favorite essential oils, add dried herbs, or make them scent-free. Some options are:

  • Favorite essential oil combinations: Lavender/Vanilla or Rose/Ylang-Ylang… or just use your imagination!
  • Kids love the fizzy action of bath bombs! I’m pretty cautious with essential oil use around young kids for these reasons, so I use these child-safe blends when making them as gifts for my older kids
  • You can even add some natural dyes to change the color

Other Equipment

These are easy to make with measuring cups and your hands, but for a fancier and more uniform product, it helps to also have:

Bath Bomb Recipe & DIY Tutorial

Making homemade bath bombs is a great project for kids to help with. Some DIY beauty recipes (especially homemade soap) require precise measuring and handling harsh chemicals such as lye, so they aren’t a great project to undertake with children around. These bath bombs are completely opposite and are an amazing project to do with kids.

They are simple to make with kid-safe ingredients and are completely versatile. Let the kids think of ways to mix up the scents, colors, and other fun customizations.

Bath Bomb Ingredients

Bath Bomb Instructions

  1. Combine dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, citric acid, and cornstarch) in a large bowl and mix well until combined.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, witch hazel and vanilla extract and stir well. Add essential oils if using.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients a few drops at a time. Mix well with hands (wear gloves if you have sensitive skin). Add powdered dried herbs if using.
  4. Mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling. You may need to add slightly more witch hazel if it hasn’t achieved this consistency yet. I recommend using a spray bottle with additional liquid to evenly add.
  5. Quickly push mixture into molds, greased muffin tins or any other greased container. Press in firmly and leave at least 24 hours (48 is better) or until hardened. It will expand some and this is normal. You can push it down into the mold several times while it is drying to keep it from expanding too much. Using the metal molds will create a stronger and more effective final bath bomb.
  6. When dry, remove and store in airtight container or bag. Use within 2 weeks.

Bath bombs are a great way to relax in the tub after a long day of dealing with kids, cooking, and all the other activities that motherhood entails. If you’ve never tried them, I highly encourage it, as it’s one of my favorite things to do at the end of the day.

Natural Pre-Made Bath Bombs

I finally found some natural bath bombs that us a similar recipe to mine. These are gorgeous and use only natural ingredients. They’re also much bigger than most bath bombs and last longer in a bath. I’ve been sending them as gifts lately and my friends are loving them too!

Ever made your own bath bombs? What scents and herbs would you use? Share below!

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Ford government to resume arbitration hearings with OMA

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The Ford government will resume binding arbitration hearings with the association representing the province’s physicians, according to a memo the group’s head sent to members Friday afternoon.

In her letter, Dr. Nadia Alam said the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) received formal notice Friday morning that “the government has agreed to resume arbitration hearings on our Physician Services Agreement.”

The hearings, which were originally scheduled for Saturday, are now rescheduled for Tuesday to Friday, Alam said.

“It is the OMA’s sincere hope this is the start of a more effective working relationship between the OMA and the Government of Ontario, in order to fix the crisis in our health care system,” she added. 

“We both want to serve the health-care interests of our patients, the people of Ontario.”

The provincial government informed the OMA on Monday that it had decided to pull out of binding arbitration with the association citing a “lack of confidence.”

In a letter obtained by CBC Toronto, lawyers representing the OMA called the move “unprecedented [and] an affront to the rule of law.” 



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No one knew retired firefighter ‘Captain Bob’ was struggling with PTSD. Now his peers are learning the signs

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Bob Taylor was popular at the Richmond Fire Rescue. To many, even off the job, he was known simply as ‘Captain Bob.’

“He was always larger than life. He’d come in, ‘Hey boys’ You know, [he was] there for a good time,” said Jim Dickson, a firefighter who worked with Taylor for several years.

“Outwardly, you would never know he was struggling with any sort of mental health issue — mind you we weren’t looking either. It was not something you would talk about,” said Dickson.

In mid-October, about a decade after retiring from the department, Taylor took his own life. The cause of suicides are rarely simple, but according to a family member, Taylor had been struggling with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

With his death front-of-mind, other retired members of the department are now getting some valuable PTSD awareness training.

Bob Taylor is pictured with his daughter, Christy Judd. (Christy Judd)

If ‘Captain Bob’ were an active firefighter in Richmond today, he would have had access to two days of training, organized by the union along with the department. He would have joined his crew in getting training on mental health awareness and resiliency.

But his career spanned a different era. According to Dickson, who serves as treasurer for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1286 and helps run PTSD awareness training, there used to be a different strategy for coping with traumatic calls.

“If you were lucky, you were relieved from duty, which then meant, ‘Hey free night to go hit the pub,'” he said. “It would be alcohol use, typically, some black humour.

Jim Dickson, Richmond firefighter and treasurer for IAFF Local 1286, says a major shift has taken place in recent years in how firefighters understand — and deal with — traumas associated with the job. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

“The last thing you were going to do was admit that that was still bothering you. You just put that down where all the other feelings went to die, and then you find that 30 years later perhaps that comes up.”

The culture has changed. According to Dickson, that change is as recent as the last five years. 

In an effort to reach retired members of the department, Dickson is organizing sessions at the union hall.

On Thursday, Dickson was preparing for as many as 30 retired firefighters he expected to fill the room.

Jim Dickson prepares for a PTSD awareness session the IAFF Local 1286 is providing for retired Richmond firefighters. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Dickson said there was no way he could get retired folks in for two days of PTSD training, mirroring what active members get, so he has condensed the material into a couple of hours. And he’s thrilled with the level of interest the session has been getting.

“It really shows the willingness to embrace this idea that we are human, and that sometimes we need help,” he said.

Where to get help:

Canada Suicide Prevention Service

Toll-free: 1-833-456-4566.
Text: 45645.
Chat: crisisservicescanada.ca.

In French: Association québécoise de prévention du suicide: 1-866-APPELLE (1-866-277-3553)

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: Find a 24-hour crisis centre.


Follow Rafferty Baker on Twitter: @raffertybaker



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A transplanted pig’s heart lives for months in a baboon — is a human trial next?

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Xenotransplantation — the use of organs from other animals for human transplantation — may be much closer after European researchers showed they were able to transplant a pig’s heart into a baboon, and keep it alive for more than six months.

“This is huge,” said Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, the surgeon-in-chief at Toronto’s University Health Network, director of the lung transplant program, and a professor of thoracic surgery at the University of Toronto. 

Organ transplants are a life-saving miracle of modern medicine, but one of the barriers that keeps human to human transplants from being used more widely is the shortage of donor organs. That’s why for decades scientists have studied the potential of xenotransplantation. 

But over decades of experimentation in animals, researchers have encountered severe roadblocks. Keeping organs alive during transplantation proved difficult. Immune system tissue rejection has been a huge issue. And new troublesome incompatibilities between donor and recipient kept popping up.

That’s why this new success is so exciting.  “It’s one thing to have an organ transplanted that’s a xeno organ and not [being] rejected,” said Keshavjee. “But this was also working, like sustaining life.”

Surgeon Dr. Bruno Reichart from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and his colleagues published their findings in the journal Nature. They refined their process over three successive groups of transplant subjects. 

“Basically you’ve optimized the organ in the pig. You’ve optimized the organ outside the body. And you’ve optimized the environment for the organ after the transplant for success,” said Keshavjee. “And that’s the Holy Grail.”

Baboon survives 6 months after receiving pig heart transplant (Pixabay / RGY23)

Making pigs more human-like

For decades, pigs have been the primary focus of xenotransplantation research because they are similar in size to humans and it’s more socially acceptable to use their organs than it would be to use primate organs.

The first thing the team had to do was make the pig heart more primate-like to prevent the baboon’s immune system from attacking it  something they did by genetically modifying the pig embryos.

So basically you’ve optimized the organ in the pig. You’ve optimized the organ outside the body. And you’ve optimized the environment for the organ after the transplant for success. And that’s the holy grail.– Dr. Shaf Keshajee, University Health Network and University of Toronto

“They knocked out or removed a protein that is expressed on pig cells that primates don’t have and would recognize immediately. They humanized the cells and made it so that they would down regulate the immune system,” said Keshavjee.

Protecting the heart before transplantation

Typically human hearts meant for transplantation are put on ice, flown to the recipient, and then transplanted. That didn’t work for the pig hearts that were destined for the baboons. Three baboons died of heart failure almost immediately because pig hearts proved more vulnerable to damage than human hearts.

The European team built a state-of-the-art support system, which Keshavjee likened to a “little mini-intensive care unit for the organ” to keep the hearts running while outside the body. 

They reduced the organ’s temperature from 37 degrees Celsius to eight degrees, which was optimal for preserving the organ while maintaining vital cell processes in the heart. They also provided oxygen, nutrients and hormones.  “Basically you’re repairing and keeping it sustaining it in a vulnerable time of the journey of that organ,” said Keshavjee.

Stop the pig heart from growing too big

The final hurdle for the research team was to stop the pig’s heart from growing once it was placed in the baboon’s chest. 

This is a butcher holding a pig heart. Researchers want to use pig organs for xenotransplantation into humans because they’re roughly the same size as human organs. (REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh)

“The issue is that a pig is designed to grow to a larger size than those small baboons,” said Keshavjee. “And so they used further molecular engineering and drugs to prevent that unwanted growth.”

All of these things are coming together now where you can see that this is going to be possible.– Dr. Shaf Keshajee, University Health Network and University of Toronto

Two baboons with pig hearts remained healthy for 90 days, which is the benchmark set by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplant to indicate it might be ready for human trials.  They were then euthanized. Two other baboons continued to live for 195 and 182 days. 

It will still be a few years before researchers will be ready for human xenotransplants.

“I mean just to be able to say it’s gonna be a few more years is dramatically different than what most people, including myself, would have said ten years ago,” said Keshavjee. “All of these things are coming together now where you can see that this is going to be possible.” 



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