21 of the Best Essential Oil Recipes For Bath Salts

Bathing is a ritual that goes back to ancient times. It has always been considered healthy to sit in a tub. There is something about soaking in hot water that seems to take away a lot of things. Like stress, achy muscles, and even lower your blood pressure. We put together 21 bath salt recipes with essential oils to help with all kinds of issues.

Essential Oil Recipes for Bath Salts

#1 – Lavender – Dead Sea Salt Relaxer (For Stressful Days!)

Epsom Salts + Baking Soda + Dead Sea Salts + Lavender Essential Oil + Carriel Oil

Our first recipe includes one of my favorite essential oil, lavender, which is likely in the collection of every true aromatherapy practitioner reading this right now.  What you might not have is Dead Sea Salt, which is taken from the famous body of water with the same name. It is full of magnesium, bromide, iodine, sulfur, potassium, calcium sodium, and zinc.

These minerals bring the powers to soothe your skin, relax the muscles, strengthen the bones, and accelerates the healing process. This is a lot of strength for one ingredient, albeit an important one.

Ingredients

Directions

In a large glass bowl mix your Epsom and Dead Sea salts. Add the baking soda and mix well. Next, drip the lavender oil over the mixture as you stir letting it coat every grain. Finally, add the carrier and mix one final time. Store in an airtight container out of the sunlight.

#2 – Flexible Bath Salt Recipe

Epsom Salt + Kosher Salt + Baking Soda + Essential Oils

Most of us have our favorite scents and, if you are anything like me they change from blend to blend. That’s why this recipe is so much fun. You can use it for all kinds of purposes. For example, if you are looking to ease your muscles after a good workout divide the allotted essential oil drops between lavender, chamomile, and eucalyptus.

Know the strength of your oils and divide accordingly. Eucalyptus is strong so I would put less of that in comparison to the other two. If you are not familiar with creating blends start small and let it grow from there. Keep a journal so you can go back and recreate a scented recipe you love or expand on another that might need work.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • 20 drops essential oils

Directions

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a glass bowl. You should never use a metal bowl when mixing essential oils. Add your oils as you mix the dry ingredients. For my suggested recipe above I would use 6 drops Eucalyptus, 12 drips lavender, and 12 drops of chamomile.

#3 – Relaxing Bath Salts Recipe

Epsom Salts + Lavender + Frankincense

As I’ve said in many articles, lavender oil is relaxing. But, I am a writer and, as a person in that position, it’s always good to supply sources. The Independent reported that scientist in Japan, at Kagoshima University found that the linalool in lavender essential oil can ease anxiety. This is something users have known for centuries.

Yet, lavender isn’t the only powerful relaxer in this blend. Frankincense has also been proven to bring a sense of calm and relaxation to the user. It’s no wonder both of them were thrown together for one soothing blend.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups of epsom salts
  • 4 drops of lavender
  • 4 drops of frankincense

Directions

Drip the essential oils over the salts in a glass bowl as you mix them. Store them in a glass container.

#4 – Petals and Salts

Epsom Salt + Coarse Grain Salts + Baking Soda + Dried Lavender or Rose Petals + Essential Oils

While we love plants there are times when we receive or purchase cut flowers. They smell wonderful and add something bright to every room. Unfortunately, they eventually die and the petals wither and dry. They can be used from that point even further in several ways, bath salts being one of them.

The recipe calls for a specific type of petal but you can use whatever dried flower petals you have lying around your home. Of course, be sure to research when substituting ingredients for any potential risks. You can include any scents you like in this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • ½ cup coarse grain salts (sea or kosher)
  • ⅓ cup of baking soda
  • ¼ cup dried lavender or rose petals
  • 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils

Directions

In a glass bowl combine the dry ingredients well and then add your chosen essential oils one drop at a time while you stir the mixture.

#5 – Luxurious Lavender Gifts For All (Save Some For Me!)

Ball Jars + Epsom Salt + Pink Sea Salt + Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil + Dried Lavender + Cornflower Petals

If you are going to go through the trouble of mixing salts and scenting them just right, wouldn’t it be selfish of you to keep it all for yourself. This recipe calls for a quantity of four 8 oz ball jars so you can make one batch and hand it to your closest friends or multiply it and create an amazing bridal shower gift.

Of course, you can keep it all for yourself because you love the way it enhances your bathing experience. The mixture of salts, lavender essential oil, dried lavender, and petals will be difficult to give away.

Ingredients

Directions

Mix the salts well in a large glass bowl. Add the dried lavender and cornflower petals and blend. Then add the lavender oil while mixing. Once it is all blended divide equally into the Ball jars for storage or gifts.

#6 – Eucalyptus Lavender Soak

Himalayan Pink Salt + Epsom Salt + Sweet Almond Oil + Lavender Essential Oil + Eucalyptus Essential Oil

We have discussed lavender and it’s ability to relax but there are other benefits to this lovely scent. It heals burns, treats insomnia, depression, and is a natural pain reliever. Eucalyptus is another popular oil, not so much for it’s scent, but for the incredible benefits it brings to any blend. Derived from a tree in Australia, one wonders what can’t this oil do?

It fights cold and flu, helps heal wounds, improves cognitive functioning, eases muscle and joint pain, stimulates the brain, does wonders for your skin, and fights fungi and bacteria. When added to the powers of lavender oil, this bath salt blend can achieve a lot.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Himalayan pink salt
  • ¼ cup Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

Directions

Mix your salts in a glass bowl. Add your lavender oil and then the eucalyptus. The final step is to add the almond oil to seal it all in.

#7 – Sleepytime Bath Salts

Himalayan Pink Salt + Epsom Salt + Sweet Almond Oil + Cedarwood Essential Oil + Orange Essential Oil

Getting to sleep isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do for some of us. We can take over the counter medications but I prefer to try natural remedies before loading myself up with a bunch of drugs. Soaking in a hot tub has been shown to be a perfect way to feel sleepy at bedtime.

When looking at the ingredients it’s no surprise that this recipe is designated to help you fall asleep faster. Studies have shown that cedarwood has sedative effects when inhaled. Guess what? So does orange, the sweet and the bitter kind. Together, you can kiss insomnia good-bye.

Ingredients

Directions

Mix the dry ingredients in a glass bowl. Add your essential oils and then the sweet almond. Store in a glass jar. Make sure to only use these salts at night since orange oil has phototoxic effects.

#8 – Sore Muscle Bath Soak (For Quick Relief)

Epsom Salt + Jojoba Oil + Frankincense + Roman Chamomile

Relaxation and sleep are not the only reasons why someone might want to soak in a hot tub. It’s a great remedy for sore muscles, which can be caused by working out or disorders like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and hypothyroidism.

Whatever the reason why we have sore muscles might be, sometimes we just want relief. That’s what this recipe was designed to accomplish. Frankincense is an anti-inflammatory, which helps with swelling. Chamomile fights inflammation as well. Together they are tough to beat.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Epsom Salt
  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 4 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile

Directions

Put your Epsom salts in a glass bowl. Add the frankincense and chamomile and mix well. Then add your jojoba and store in a glass jar sealed tightly.

#9 – Bath Salts for Menstrual Cramps

Epsom Salt + Jojoba Oil + Clary Sage Essential Oil + Geranium Essential Oil

Ladies, we all know how these feel and taking a hot bath is sometimes the only way to feel relief. On top of the submerging ourselves into hot water, the addition of powerful essential oils can bring added comfort.

Essential oils have been used to alleviate menstrual pain and has been proven effective.

Ingredients

Directions

Add your essential oils to the Epsom salts in a glass bowl. Then coat with the jojoba oil and store in a cool, dry, and dark place.

#10 – Blissful Bath Salt

Dead Sea Salt + Jojoba Oil + Frankincense Essential Oil + Sandalwood Essential Oil + Bergamot Essential Oil

There are few things more satisfying than feeling a sense of euphoria or just calmness after a rough day. Baths are a perfect way to unwind from the stress of day to day life. Between the house, the kids, the job, and the everything else that comes along with life, sometimes we just want to lay back, close our eyes and let it all melt away.

By mixing frankincense, sandalwood, and bergamot, these salts will help you reach that sense of serenity.

Ingredients

Directions

Put your Dead Sea salts in a glass bowl. Add one essential oil at a time while mixing the salt to ensure it is coated. The final step is to mix in the jojoba for coating.

#11 – Energizing Bath Salts

Dead Sea Salt + Himalayan Pink Salt + Sweet Almond Oil + Grapefruit Essential Oil + Peppermint Essential Oil + Lavender Essential Oil

On the opposite end of the spectrum, sometimes we want to be uplifted, particularly when we are starting our day. The fizzing of the salts in your bath water should help do the trick but so will the essential oils that were chosen for this recipe. Between grapefruit, peppermint, and lavender, you should get out of the tub feeling invigorated.

Ingredients

Directions

First mix your salts in a glass bowl. Then add your essential oils, one at a time. Finish it off with the sweet almond oil.

#12 – Essential Oil Spa Bath Recipe

Bamboo Box + Epsom Salt + Himalayan Pink Salt + Dried Butterfly Pea Flowers + Bergamot Essential Oil + Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

If we could, we would visit a spa every day. But, the reality for most of us is that spa days are a treat opposed to the norm. Even if you can go to a spa often, isn’t it nice to get that same treatment at home? You can with this bath salt recipe.

The combination of ylang-ylang and bergamot essential oils give off an aroma of beauty while the mixture of salts along with with flower petals give it that little extra something.

Ingredients

Directions

Mix salts in a glass bowl. Add the butterfly pea flowers and your essential oils. Blend well and store in the bamboo box.

#13 – Grace and Love Bath Salts

Bamboo Box + Epsom Salt + Himalayan Pink Salt + Dried Butterfly Pea Flowers + Geranium + Orange

This salt blend is great for nice nights with your significant other or if you are just looking for an uplifting scent to finish off your day. Geranium and orange are both strong essential oils so we recommend using in the evening due to the phototoxicity of citrus oils.

Ingredients

  • Bamboo box
  • ⅓ cup Epsom salt
  • ⅓ cup Himalayan pink salt
  • ⅓ cup dried butterfly pea flowers
  • 4 drops geranium
  • 4 drops orange

Directions

Mix salts in a glass bowl. Add the butterfly pea flowers and your essential oils. Blend well and store in the bamboo box.

#14 – Green Peacefulness Bath Salts

Bamboo Box + Epsom Salt + Himalayan Pink Salt + Dried Butterfly Pea Flowers + Lime Essential Oil + Lemongrass Essential Oil

The color green is calming in itself, so adding it to the name has already made me feel a little more at ease. With essential oils like lime and lemongrass added to this recipe, the scent it gives off will not only give you the feeling of green but peacefulness as well.

Ingredients

Directions

Mix salts in a glass bowl. Add the butterfly pea flowers and your essential oils. Blend well and store in the bamboo box.

#15 – Oriental Spa Bath Salts

Bamboo Box + Epsom Salt + Himalayan Pink Salt + Dried Butterfly Pea Flowers + Jade Lemon Essential Oil + Jasmine Essential Oil

The Far East has always been a source of herbal remedies and practices that enhance our health naturally. This recipe includes the scents of jade lemon and jasmine to create a spa treatment that makes you feel like you are in an Oriental spa instead of your own bathroom.

Ingredients

Directions

Mix salts in a glass bowl. Add the butterfly pea flowers and your essential oils. Blend well and store in the bamboo box.

#16 – Orange Bath Salts

Sweet Almond Oil + Orange Essential Oil + Dead Sea Salt + Orange Soap Dye

Orange has long been known for its cleansing qualities as well as it’s ability to brighten up any mood. It also works as an anti-inflammatory and does all it can to battle depression. This recipe gets a double dose of orange power with soap and essential oil.

Ingredients

Directions

Put your Dead Sea salt into a glass bowl. Coat with essential oil and mix well. Add the orange soap dye and stir. Then cover with the sweet almond oil.

#17 – Flowery Bath Salt Recipe

Rosehip Seed Oil + Lime Essential Oil + Geranium Essential Oil + Dead Sea Salt + Dried Elderflowers

Florals are not just for women anymore. Everyone can enjoy the scents of flowers when they take a bath. This particular recipe take the powers of Geranium, which smells like roses, and adds Elderflower heads for something different.

Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoon (15ml) Rosehip Seed Oil
  • ⅔ teaspoon lime essential oil
  • ⅓ teaspoon geranium essential oil
  • 300g Dead Sea salt
  • A few heads of dried Elderflowers

Directions

In a glass bowl mix your dry ingredients well. Then add your essential oils. Coat well and finish off with the Rosehip oil.

#18 – More Orange Bath Salts

Epsom Salts + Orris Root + Dried Orange Peel + Orange Essential Oil + Geranium Essential Oil

Would you say that Orange is a popular scent? Well, you wouldn’t be too far off if you made that observation. Citrus oils are popular but orange has a sweeter scent, which makes it a favorite of aromatherapy practitioners. The addition of orris root helps with inflammation.

Ingredients

  • 12 tablespoons Epsom salts
  • 3 tablespoons Orris root
  • 6 tablespoons dried orange peel
  • 3 drops orange essential oil
  • 9 drops geranium essential oil

Directions

Put Epsom salts in a glass bowl and mix with Orris root. Add dried orange peel and top off with each essential oil. Blend thoroughly and store in a cool, dry place.

#19 – Bath Salts Recipe for Men! (But Women Can Use It Too!)

Sweet Almond Oil + Lemongrass Essential Oil + Ginger Essential Oil + Dead Sea Salt

While this recipe was created to appeal to the aromatic preferences of men, we believe anyone could use this blend for some serious healing. Ginger is wonderful for fighting infections and inflammation. It also relieves anxiety, which is more often than not the central reason for taking a bath. Lemongrass is also an anti-inflammatory, which makes this blend great for easing pain.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons (15 ml) sweet almond oil
  • 18 drops Lemongrass essential oil
  • 9 drops ginger essential oil
  • 300g Dead Sea Salt

Directions

Put your salts into a glass bowl and add each of the essential oils, one at a time, while stirring. Finish it off with the sweet almond oil and store in a cool, dry container when not using.

#20 – Vanilla Musk Bath Salts

Epsom Salts + Sea Salt + Baking Soda + Finely Ground Oatmeal + Vanilla Essential Oil + Musk Essential Oil + Red Food Coloring + Yellow Food Coloring + Sealable Glass Container

As we near the end of our list we have a new scent, which is warm and sometime synonymous with ice cream. When we inhale vanilla essential oil it gives us a warm feeling of relaxation. Musk essential oil adds to the depth of the scent as we sit in a tub.

This is the only recipe that included oatmeal, which gives the bath water a nice mily feel.

Ingredients

Directions

Put the salts into a glass bowl and mix well. Add the baking soda and blend. Next, add your essential oils, and you can add or subtract a drop to make the scent your own. You can divide this batch in sections and color with the food coloring. Orange, yellow, and red layered in a glass jar would look nice on your bathroom shelf. Blue and green would look good too.

#21 – Sparkly Spa

Epsom Salt + Himalayan Pink Salt + Baking Soda + Grapefruit Essential Oil + Gentle Baby Essential Oil + Cosmetic-grade Glitter

Our final recipe adds a bit of fun in the mix. You have your typical ingredients, salts and scents, but we add a little visual effect for a decorative look on your shelf and in your bath water.

Ingredients

Directions

Mix your dry ingredients in a glass bowl. Add one essential oil at a time. Store in a Ball jar or glass container. I would still keep it out of the sunlight not matter how sparkly it looks near the window. UV rays can damage your essential oils.

Before We Go

If you’ve noticed, there is a trend of ingredients in all of these recipes. All you need are salts, essential oils, a carrier substance, baking soda, and something pretty like glitter or flower petals and you can create your own bath salts. It’s always good to write down what you do so you can go back and recreate a favorite recipe.

If you enjoyed this article please let us know in the comments section below. We hope these recipes work out for you. Homemade salts are a healthier option than products that might use synthetics.  If you have one you’d like to share, you can do so in the comments section as well.

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