How To Make Bath Salts With Essential Oils

Human beings love to take baths and have for as far back as our memories serve. Societies have been bathing for centuries upon centuries for religious rituals, social gatherings, therapy, and cleanliness. And as long as humans have been taking baths, they have been adding essential oils.

As a lover of baths and a person who is concerned with what goes into my body be it through my mouth or my pores, I wondered how difficult it would be to make my own bath salts. Some of the store bought brands are full of chemicals that your skin will absorb while soaking, so I started researching different methods of creating bath salts and found that it only takes a few ingredients you probably already have in the cabinets or pantry of your home.

Benefits of Bathing

There are numerous positive reasons to bathe other than keeping yourself clean and smelling nice. Here are few advantages.

It helps you breathe.

It helps your bones, joints and muscles. 

It helps your heart.

It helps your digestion.

It eases your pain.

It promotes wellness.

Why Bathe With Salts?

Between detoxifying our skin and the minerals involved with bath salts, your body and mind will be cleansed and rejuvenated. There are many types of salt you can bath with and my recipe is interchangeable. I use Epsom salts but Himalayan (Pink), Sea, and Dead Sea  are all great options. They come with similar and unique benefits.

  • Epsom Salt benefits: Relieves pain, eases cramping, lowers blood pressure, promotes cardiovascular health, secures cellular fluid retention, helps with gout, exfoliates the skin, treats sore feet, relieves constipation, helps with hemorrhoids.
  • Himalayan Salt benefits: Relaxes and eases stress, detoxifies, adds beneficial minerals to your bath, eases pain, promotes healthy slumber, deep cleans, clears sinuses, relieves respiratory problems, and mitigates pain. 
  • Sea Salt benefits: It moisturizes with magnesium, relieves pain, promotes relaxing, detoxifies, and treats rheumatoid arthritis.

Choosing a salt isn’t too hard, and the fact is, you can mix salts to get maximum advantages. As you will read below in my suggested recipes, Epsom salt is a good base salt while the others I’ve mentioned make great additive salts.

How To Choose A Carrier Oil

There are a wide selection of carrier oils you can use to make bath salts. I’ve listed some popular ones below.

  • Olive Oil: This oil is found in most kitchens and can be great for softening your skin

  • Jojoba Oil: The type of benefits this carrier can bring to your bath are numerous, which you can read about here. To name a few though, this lipid works as a moisturizer, treats skin disorders like eczema, and eases sunburns.

  • Coconut Oil: While moisturizing your skin, this staple in most households will also help you detoxify.

  • Almond Oil: It deep cleans, makes your skin smooth, relieves psoriasis and eczema, energizes the bather, and eases muscle aches.

Choosing the Essential Oils

This is the part where you can get super inventive. There are so many essential oils available, if you are the kind of person who has more than three, then you might be able to create several jars of bath salts for many different uses. Choosing what essential oils to put in your salts is a very personal choice that depends on what oils you like, what oils you have at your disposal, and what you are trying to achieve with that batch of bath salts.


For example, if you only own lavender oil, then you don’t have much room to wiggle. But if your goal is to relax in a hot bath, then you don’t need much more than that. Still, you shouldn’t limit yourself to one scent. You can get yourself a starter kit with an everyday selection already chosen for you. If you aren’t sure which oils to get, then take a look at some of my favorite blends below and start there.

For Relaxing

  • Lavender
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Frankincense
  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus

For Dry skin

  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Sandalwood
  • Rose
  • Ylang-ylang

For REJUVENATION

  • Frankincense
  • Lemon
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood

for Muscle aches

  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Juniper
  • Clove

                                          You might be interested in:

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The Use of Baking Soda

This is the only ingredient that isn’t interchangeable on the list since it emulsifies the ingredients and makes for an awesome buffer agent to the finished mixture. Plus, baking soda alone has its benefits when put into a bath. It works as an antifungal, treats eczema and psoriasis, eases poison ivy, sumac, and poison oak, and it promotes detoxification.

As with anything, there are risks to using baking soda in a bath. If you have high blood pressure, are pregnant or nursing, have a baking soda allergy, or suffer from diabetes, you should consult a health care professional before adding anything to your bath.

What Do I Need?

  • Sa​lts
  • Baking Soda
  • Carrier Substance
  • Essential Oils
  • Airtight glass container

That’s it. Of course, there are different variations of the one simple recipe I am about to give you, but making salts for your bath doesn’t take much time and can add a great deal of benefits to your next soak. I’ll give the skeleton recipe first, and then we will discuss different variations you can try.

The Recipe

  • 2.5 cups of salt of choice
  • 0.5 cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of carrier oil
  • 40 drops of essential oil

- Instructions - 

(1) All you need to do is put your salt of choice in bowl.

(2) Add the baking soda.

(3) Coat with the carrier oil.

(4) Add your drops of essential oils as you continue to stir.

(5) When all the ingredients are mixed together get a glass container, like a jar, and put your salts in there.

(6) Seal it well and add some to your bath when you start to fill the tub.

Try These Combinations

I have come up with my own bath salt recipes I would like to share with you. Feel free to try them or change them around to personalize your bath salt experience.


Relax


Rejuvenate


Muscle Ease


Skin Softe​ning


These are only a few of the many variations this one recipe can be made into. You can intermingle some of the ingredients I’ve listed above to create your own special bath salts. Maybe you want something that eases your muscles and rejuvenates your skin. Or you might want the focus of your bath time to be relaxation and moisturizing.

What is most important is that you enjoy the process of creating these bath salts from the very beginning until the moment you step into the steaming tub. So make sure to have fun with each point of this process.

Conclusion

Taking baths is one of my favorite pastimes and a little effervescence from salts always makes the experience a little more enjoyable, especially when it is mixed with my favorite essential oil scents, which happen to be lavender and ylang-ylang at the moment.

I hope that reading this article was enjoyable, informative, and educational. If you liked it, please share it with your friends. If you walk away from this post a bit intrigued about how you can take this basic instruction and make it your own, then it is a huge success in my book.

A word of caution, not everyone reacts to salts, oils, essential and carrier, and baking soda in their baths the same way. Those with sensitive skin or suffering from any health issues should talk to a healthcare professional before putting any substance in your bath water. You can also do a spot test on your skin to make sure you don’t have a negative reaction.

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