Homemade bath salts with essential oils
Who doesn’t love to soak in a nice warm bath from time to time? Soaking in the tub helps ease muscle soreness and can alleviate joint pain. A hot bath before bed can help you sleep better, too.
Your body temperature rises in the tub, allowing you to relax, but once you get out, your body cools down rapidly, aiding in inducing peaceful sleep.
There is a wide range of bath products available to heighten your bathing experience, including bubble bath, bath bombs, bath oils, and many more.
One product that adds several therapeutic benefits to your bath time is bath salts.
Whether you take baths daily, indulge in them every once in a while as a treat, or use them to help ease certain conditions, bath salts can help you get more out of the enjoyable experience.
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What Are Bath Salts And What Are Their Benefits?
The main component of bath salts are mixtures of crushed minerals, which are soluble in water. They can reduce stress, fatigue, and inflammation, as well as, detoxify the skin, and calm infections.
Several varieties of salts are used in bath salt products, and they all provide unique benefits. A very common ingredient in bath salts is magnesium sulfate, frequently referred to as Epsom salt.
It is well-liked for soaking sore, tired feet, but has the same soothing effect on the rest of the muscles and joints in the body. This is an excellent choice if you want to reduce excess inflammation, for a very relaxing and healing bath.
Himalayan Salts Benefits
Another popular salt used in bath salts is Himalayan, or pink, sea salt. It has a pretty pink to orange color and is known to be detoxifying. Himalayan sea salt may counteract electromagnetic energy that our bodies absorb from the use of technology.
If you feel like you are under too much stress, a soak in Himalayan bath salts could be the rejuvenating treatment your body needs.
Dead Sea Salt Benefits
Dead Sea salt is mined from, you guessed it, the Dead Sea. What makes it so special is the concentration and varieties of minerals it contains, compared to ordinary sea salt.
Along with sodium, Dead Sea salt contains magnesium, calcium, and potassium, making it an ideal ingredient for use in bath salts. It has detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and skin-healing properties.
It actually encourages cell metabolism, which aids in healing damaged skin. Further, Dead Sea salt is hydrating. If you suffer from skin conditions, like acne, eczema, or psoriasis, soaking in Dead Sea bath salts may give you relief.
Don’t use bath salts if you have an open wound or burn. If you are pregnant consult your doctor.
3 DIY Bath Salts Recipes
Other ingredients, such as essential oils and herbs, are often added to bath salts for their aroma-therapeutic and healing properties. The best part is, you can make your own relaxing bath salt mixtures at home.
The salts mentioned above can be purchased in bulk, allowing you to add essential oils and botanical ingredients of your own choosing, for a fragrant experience unique to your individual needs.
The amounts in the recipes are for 200 ml jars capacity. If your glass jars are bigger or smaller, adjust the amounts accordingly.
Keep the salts in airtight glass containers and store them in a cool, dry place. They will keep for about 3 to 6 months, depending on the ingredients used.
To make the salts last longer you can add vitamin e oil or a small silica bag. And never introduce water into the salts, use a spoon to put the salts in the bath.
Let’s make these therapeutic homemade bath salts with essential oils.
1. Homemade Lavender Bath Salts
Lavender is known for promoting deep relaxation, and it smells beautiful, too. An added bonus of soaking in fragrant bath salts is that it fills nearby rooms of your house with a lovely scent.
Lavender is the perfect addition to your bath if your main intention is to unwind. Extra stress-reducing power can be harnessed by the combination of lavender with pink Himalayan sea salt. The following recipe makes about eight ounces.
- 200 gr pink Himalayan salt
- grapeseed or apricot Kernel oil (1 tbsp)
- 30 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds
Place pink Himalayan salts into a large glass bowl.
Add grapeseed oil and mix it together with the salts, thoroughly, using your hands.
Next, drop in dried lavender and mix it again.
Last, add the lavender essential oil and mix with all the ingredients until is well incorporated.
Transfer the mixture into a glass jar for storage.
To use your lavender bath salts, simply drop a large handful into your tub and relax.
2. Rose Bath Salts DIY
Roses have long been associated with beauty, and rose water (see recipe here) is a common skincare product. Rose essential oil is believed to hydrate the skin, help heal acne, and provide anti-aging benefits.
These qualities align with the skin-healing properties of Dead Sea Salt that I mentioned earlier. If you have problematic skin conditions, like acne or eczema, this recipe will help soothe your skin, as well as your muscles.
The addition of sandalwood and geranium essential oils, which mix beautifully with the rose scent, provide further relaxation, and additional skin-healing benefits. Bath salts with rose petals give your bath a spa-like look and feel.
- 1 cup Dead Sea salt
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 15 drops geranium or sandalwood essential oil
- 20 drops rose essential oil
- Dried rose petals
Place the Dead Sea salt and baking soda in a large glass bowl and mix well.
In a separate bowl combine dried rose petals with sandalwood or geranium and rose essential oils.
Mix well with your hands or a large spoon.
Place a layer of salt and baking soda mixture at the bottom of a glass jar.
Follow with a layer of dried roses and essential oils mixture.
Now, add another layer of salt and baking soda.
Keep going layering the jar until it is filled.
To use the bath salts, place a generous handful, or two, into your hot bath water, and let the healing begin!
3. DIY Lemon and Chamomile Bath Salts
This recipe is perfect after a hard workout, day in the yard, or to soothe achy joints and muscles, in general.
Chamomile has powerful anti-inflammatory healing properties and is believed to help alleviate anxiety and depression, as well.
Fragrant chamomile mixed with the scent of lemon helps lift spirits, re-energizing your mood.
Lemon essential oil can also help brighten up your complexion.
The perfect companion to lemon and chamomile in this bath salt recipe is Epsom salt, with its reputation for soothing soreness.
Mix up a big batch if you struggle with chronic joint and muscle pain.
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops chamomile essential oil
- 1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers
Combine the Epsom salts and baking soda in a large glass bowl.
In another bowl combine the lemon and chamomile essential oils with dried chamomile flowers.
Mix well with your hands or a large spoon.
Add them to the baking powder and Epsom salts mixture.
Transfer to a glass jar.
When you are ready to use your bath salts, put two large handfuls into a warm bath to soak your soreness away. Ah!
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I really hope that you enjoy these homemade bath salts with essential oils. They are excellent to relax at the end of the day and make perfect homemade gifts.