Who doesn’t like a nice hot soak in the tub on a cold winter’s night or after a tough day? While most people chose a shower when it comes to just getting clean and going, nothing beats the shower for relaxation and unwinding.
If you enjoy enhancing your bath with commercial bath salt, you may be pleased to know you can make your own essential oil bath salts to make your baths even more relaxing and beneficial. Here’s how!
A bath salts recipe is really not too difficult at all. Start with either sea salt or Epsom salts. If you can’t choose, you might be interested to know that Epsom salts have added benefits of their own. They soothe sore muscles and reduce inflammation.
Sea Salt also has benefits including skin softening, blood pressure reduction and stress relief, so why not both? Use an equal amount of both. Take one cup of Epsom and one cup of Sea Salt and combine. Sea Salt comes in fine and coarse varieties, and either is fine, but if you use coarse, make sure it’s completely dissolved in your bath water before you sit down or it will be unpleasant.
Once you’ve mixed the two salts together, add a quarter cup of baking soda. Baking soda is great for soothing irritated skin and softening bath water. These three things will make up the base of your bath salts. Now it’s time to choose your oils.
The most commonly used essential oil for bath salts is by far Lavender. Lavender’s gentle scent has been prized for centuries, and its oil is known for its positive effects on the parts of the brain that control emotion. Hence it’s calming, and has a relaxing effect. For extra pain-relief, blend with Rosemary and Eucalyptus.
For an extra relaxing bath, blend with Chamomile, Bergamot, and Geranium. Have sore, achy feet or legs? Try Peppermint oil. Coming down with a cold? Try Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Lemon.
When you’ve chosen your oils, mix with the salts and baking soda mixture thoroughly. You want a total of 20 drops of oil, no more and no less. Store in clear, airtight jars in a cool, dry place. To use, dissolve a quarter cup in your warm bath water, making sure the salts are completely dissolved before you get in. Be careful when you do as the oils may make the tub surface slippery.
Homemade aromatherapy bath salts make great gifts when put in pretty jars with the bath salts recipe attached! Read on for more recipes to try.
Relaxing Bath Recipes
For bath salts that will release lovely relaxing scents into the air, try these combinations:
- Blend four drops of Frankincense with four drops of Lavender, four drops of Chamomile, four drops of Bergamot, and four drops of Rose.
- Blend four drops of Cedarwood with four drops of Vetiver, eight drops of Lavender and four drops of Rose.
- Blend 12 drops of Lavender with two drops of Orange, four drops Cedarwood and two drops of Rose.
Rose oil is among the most expensive of essential oils, but it’s worth every penny!
Invigorating Bath Salt Recipes
For an invigorating and energizing bath, try these!
- Blend 10 drops Rosemary with ten drops Peppermint.
- Blend 10 drops of Vanilla with ten drops of Eucalyptus.
- Blend two drops of Lemon with eight drops of Peppermint and ten drops of Vanilla.
- Blend four drops Grapefruit with 16 drops Vanilla or Lavender.
- Blend six drops Rosemary with ten drops of Coconut essential oil and four drops of Orange or Lime oil. Make sure the citrus oil is mixed in thoroughly to avoid any skin irritation.
Romantic Bath Salt Recipes
For a bath with a touch of romance, combine Lavender and Rose with Vanilla (experts say Vanilla is one a favorite scent among men of all ages!), Sandalwood or Ylang Ylang. Ylang Ylang is the scent made famous by the iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume.
Choose the combination you find the most pleasing, just remember the total drops should add up to 20. These would make lovely Valentine’s Day gifts!
For the Guys
If you’re looking for bath salts the men in your life will enjoy, just add Sandalwood, Rosemary, Cypress, Cedarwood or Vanilla. Combined with another or on their own, they will create a lovely bath salt with a fragrance that’s just right for the guys.
You can also experiment with the addition of a few drops of citrus oils, but make sure not to use more than 3-4 drops and always blend thoroughly with the other EOs or use a carrier oil to blend.
If you’re interested in making bath salts for children, check with your pediatrician first as not all essential oils are appropriate for them. Also, pregnant women should avoid Cinnamon, Sage, and Basil oils. In fact, if you are pregnant, it’s best to check with your Obstetrician before using any oils, just to be safe.
The aromatherapy you get from using these salts has a variety of benefits beyond just relaxation or rejuvenation. These oils will encourage healthy blood circulation, soften skin, improve your mood, lower your blood pressure, support your immune system and give you a stronger overall sense of well being. A soak in them with a good book or a glass of wine just could be the perfect antidote to a bad day, and the ingredients are 100% natural and good for you.
Making your own aromatherapy bath salts can be a lot of fun, and they make great gifts. Add a little food coloring or layer some dried flower petals between the salts, pack in a pretty jar with a nice ribbon and the recipe attached, and you have an easy, affordable and thoughtful gift for the holidays or any time of the year. They’ll keep nicely for months in a cool, dry place and are easy to replenish when you run out. You may never want to buy commercial bath salts ever again!