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How to make bath salts

how to make bath salts

How to make bath salts at home

Let’s set up the scene a little bit. You come home after a long day at work, the first activity you want to engage in is some sort of relaxation. Time to clear the negative energy from the day to unwind, so you think about a bath but you want it to make it a little more magical. That’s where the herbal bath salts come into play. All you have to do is pour the mixture into your bath, let it absorb into the water, and feel the relaxation and blessing wash over you. Packed with essential oils, healing salts, herbal remedies, these herbal bath salts will turn an average bath into a magical, energy cleansing experience.

Cherished botanicals can play an important role in this process. You can choose from a variety of leaves and flowers to customize your experience based on your specific needs and preferences. Some classic herbs to use as a bath tea, salt soak, or for aromatherapy include lavender, rose, chamomile, calendula, peppermint, rosemary, geranium, grapefruit, orange, fir, cleavers, oat tops, ginger, jasmine, and ylang ylang. Some other fun ingredients to have on hand in your home spa include coarse sea salt, Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, French green clay, and bath oils. After a good soak, it is also lovely to spritz your skin and the air around you with cooling rose, peppermint, lime, ylang ylang or blood orange hydrosol. With just a few of these supplies conveniently stocked by your tub, you’ll be ready to pamper yourself whenever the inspiration flows.

What are Epsom Salts?

Otherwise known as magnesium sulfate, epsom salts are probably the most famous aid in helping to relax sore muscles. Epsom salts work by releasing magnesium and sulfate into water (the warm water breaks it down) and helps to relieve muscle aches and pain. You can absolutely use epsom salts on their own, but combining them with sea salt and herbal remedies helps ramp up their effectiveness.

Why Use Sea Salt in Bath Salts?

Believe it or not, there’s no actual salt in epsom salts. As I mentioned epsom salts are actually a combination of magnesium and sulfate so for a double-whammy effect, this bath salts recipe uses both epsom salts and sea salt.

Sea salt’s benefits depend on where the salt was sourced from. Dead Sea Salts, for example are believed to be some of the highest quality sea salt and are known to promote:

  • relaxation
  • sore muscle release
  • relief for certain skin conditions

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt is also known to help ease certain skin conditions and help the body detoxify.

We like a combination of both epsom salt and sea salt though you’re welcome to sub one for the other.

Wondering how to make bath salts? This homemade bath salts recipe will help soothe sore muscles, moisturize skin and relax you into your next bath – with 4 different combinations to help you customize your bath salts blend to meet your needs. Note while we suggest essential oils in the recipes below, combining dried herbs in your herbal bath salt mix will make it look more colourful. You may straight up swap the essential oil for their dried herb counterparts. The focus should be on finding out which herbs you enjoy and then using those to make up your own personal herbal bath salt blend.

Sleepy Time Bath Salts Blend

  • 4 cups epsom salts
  • 1 cup coarse dead sea salt or pink himalayan salt crystals
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of chamomile
  • optional: 2 tbsp dried lavender and 2 tbsp dried chamomile

Skin Food Bath Salts Blend

  • 4 cups epsom salts
  • 1 cup coarse dead sea salt or pink himalayan salt crystals
  • 40 drops rose essential oil
  • 20 Drops CBD oil.
  • optional: 2 tbsp dried rose and 4 tbsp dried desiccated coconut (blended)

Relaxing Bath Salts Blend

  • 4 cups epsom salts
  • 1 cup coarse dead sea salt or pink himalayan salt crystals
  • 20 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops neroli essential oil
  • 10 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • optional: 2 tbsp dried lavender flowers.

Uplifting Bath Salts Blend

  • 4 cups epsom salts
  • 1 cup coarse dead sea salt or pink himalayan salt crystals
  • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil
  • optional: 1 tbsp dried rosemary

Quick Tip: Blend Your Herbs

One quick suggestion for you: for easy clean-up I highly recommend you pulse your herbs in your blender to break them down. Not only will this helps release the essential oils from them, it will also make clean-up so much easier. While floating herbs may make your bath look pretty, they make cleaning your tub post-bath a total nightmare. Just give them a few pulses in your blender to break them down before mixing in with the rest of your ingredients. This will allow them to go down the drain with the rest of your bath salts.

How to make a Herbal Tea Bath
Choose one or more of the following organic botanicals:

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  • Roses
  • Calendula Flowers
  • Cornflowers
  • Lavender Flowers
  • Peppermint Leaf
  • Chamomile Flowers
  • Oat Tops
  • Passionflower
  • Comfrey Leaf
  • Hops
  • Cleavers
  • Ginger Root
  • Holy Basil Leaf
  • Lemonbalm Leaf
  • Red Clover Blossoms
  • Rosemary Leaf
  • Violet Leaf

Directions: Mix your choice of herbs in a jar. Fill a drawstring cotton muslin bag with the herbal blend and drape over the faucet so hot water runs through the bag and creates a tea in the tub. Once the tub is full, toss the tied bag into the water and swish it around to infuse your bath with even more herbal goodness. Another method is to make a large pot of tea using your herbal bath blend and add that herbal infused liquid to the tub before getting in to soak.

Bath salts are known to help balance your hormones by replenishing your body’s magnesium, soothe cramps, and lower inflammation. Most of all they are super relaxing! Breathing in the aromatherapy of all the oils helps to calm your whole system. Most of all, enjoy the whole experience!

With Mother’s Day around the corner why not try making your own natural soothing herbal bath salts?


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