You’ll learn how to make bath salts so you can enjoy them in your tub or give them away as gifts. It’s also a great project to do with kids and/or friends.
If you’re anything like me, the holiday stress is already starting to build. Each year I have to work hard to get finish everything. But at the same time, I allow a few moments to decompress so I can enjoy everything the holidays have to offer.
With this busy time of year upon us, and my muscles still sore from our recent move, I thought a long soak in an herbal bath sounded perfect. When I make bath salts I only use a few basic ingredients that I always have on hand. So bath time, here we come!
How to Make Bath Salts
Yield 1.5 cups
- 1 cup Epsom salt (find Epsom salt here)
- ½ cup natural sea salt (find sea salt here)
- 20-30 drops essential oils. I used a combination of lavender, juniper, and rosemary. (where to find 100% pure essential oils)
- (Optional) 2-3 tablespoons dried herbs or botanicals. I used dried rosemary leaves. (where to find fresh organic herbs & botanicals)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Transfer to a glass container with a tight-fitting lid.
Add approximately ½ cup of bath salts to warm running bath water.
Benefits of the Bath Salts Ingredients
Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate)
First of all, this main ingredient helps relax mind and body. Furthermore, soaking in Epsom salt can help provide soothing relief from stress, sore muscles, and stiffness. And since many people are deficient in magnesium, a warm Epsom salt bath is a great way to supplement magnesium levels. Also, Epsom salt is widely available at grocery stores, pharmacies, or online.
Mineral-rich Sea Salts
Real sea salt contains many detoxifying trace minerals. And in a warm bath, your body will absorb these minerals helping detoxify the body. Bathing with sea salt can also help revitalize and hydrate the skin, thus improving the appearance. Unrefined sea salt can be found at most health food stores, some grocery stores, or online.
Certain essential oils can have healing properties for skin, while others offer mood-boosting benefits when used for aromatherapy. Pure essential oils can be purchased from health food stores or online at Mountain Rose Herbs.
If you are pregnant or nursing, consult your health care provider before using essential oils. And NAHA and most others regard lavender and a few other essential oils safe during pregnancy.
Dried Herbs or Botanicals (optional)
Many dried herbs and flowers possess the same lovely scents and healing properties of their essential oil counterparts. They’re a beautiful addition to homemade bath salts. The only drawback is they can create a mess in the tub. If adding dried herbs or flowers to your salts, it is best to use a muslin bag (like this) for your salts. Creating a re-usable “tea bag” like this will allow the salts to dissolve in the bathtub, and once the bag is dried, the herbs can be easily emptied.
Make Bath Salts You Enjoy
Play around with some different scent combinations for different therapeutic and aromatic benefits. Try eucalyptus and spearmint essential oil for an uplifting, relieving soak. Or lavender and chamomile for a calming, relaxing, pre-bedtime bath. Peppermint would make a wonderful revitalizing bath salt for the holidays when you need to be refreshed after all your hard work.
Using Your Homemade Bath Salts
After you’ve had a chance to make bath salts, and then sneak away to enjoy a long soak, you’ll want to start sharing this fun DIY project with others. It can be mixed up in minutes, put into glass jars, and given as a fun gift. Since it’s such a simple project, you can make bath salts with your kids! (With supervision for the essential oils, of course.)
Make bath salts to give away as gifts for teachers, as holiday gifts, or as the perfect hostess gift when staying with friends or family. If giving as a gift, don’t forget to add a silky ribbon and a fun tag or label. Include a spoon or a seashell for scooping!
Have you ever tried to make bath salts? Help build the community by sharing the creative scent combinations you’ve come up with.
Bath Salts Bonus
Here is another homemade bath salts recipe.