Therapeutic Bath Salts Recipes
After a long day hard at work, retreat to a safe space where you can let your worries go. These DIY bath salts for relaxation are perfect for you, a friend or a family member! Each DIY bath salt recipe is easy to make with natural ingredients.
You can make these easy bath salt recipes for yourself or make one as a gift. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, for any time of the year! Some of them are therapeutic, while others make the perfect holiday gift. So read on and find your favorites. But first, let’s go over some of the basics of a good bath salt recipe.
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How to Make Epsom Salt Baths
Of course, the base for just about all of these DIY bath salts for relaxation is Epsom salts. You can make professional bath salts by adding a few extra ingredients to this amazing mineral. Taking a bath with Epsom salts alone will already do wonders for your health, because Epsom salts primarily consist of magnesium.
Just about every human being is deficient in magnesium to some degree, and Epsom salts act as a detoxing agent by pulling out harmful toxins through your skin while it soaks up all that good magnesium.
You can take a detox bath every night if you like! That’s what I’ve been doing lately to help me unwind before bed. That extra surge of magnesium has done wonders for my sleep! You should be able to take a bath using all of these Epsom salt bath recipes every night without over-detoxing your body.
What Essential Oils are Good for Making Bath Salts?
Another main component of a good DIY bath salt recipe is essential oils. You can infuse bath salts simply by adding a few drops of an oil and mixing it all together. And just about any essential oil is good for making bath salts! However, there are a few tried and true oils that I think you should use primarily in your bath salts recipes.
Some essential oils are simply too strong to add into a detox bath. And always keep in mind how much! You’d be surprised how easy it is to overwhelm your system with essential oils and end up in intensive care. But don’t worry too much about that. Just follow the instructions in each recipe and you’ll be fine. Plus, I have an essential oil safety guide with more information on dangerous oils and dilution rates.
Depending on the effect you wish to achieve, there’s an oil for that! But these DIY bath salts for relaxation are a great starting point. And you can do more than just relax in a detox bath. You’ll learn how make Epsom salt baths for sore muscles and stress relief as well.
You can add more to your DIY salt bath, but I’ll get into those things on the list. Here are the basics of all the things you’ll need below. You can’t forget a cute little glass container if you’re giving these bath salts away as a gift! And for the best essential oils, I highly recommend Rocky Mountain Oils. They have pure essential oils that don’t cost an arm and a leg, which I appreciate! You can read more about them in my Rocky Mountain Oils review.
With all that said and done, let’s get onto the recipes! I think you’ll find one you love no problem.
Here’s one of the most basic bath salt recipes you can find! I wanted to make a bit of an introductory post on how to make a good bath soak recipe, with some options for customization based on your desired results.
There are only two major ingredients with my simple bath soak recipe, and I use this almost every night! Bath time has become my Zen time of the day to simply relax and focus on nothing. It’s very therapeutic! If you’re new to DIY bath salts for relaxation, this is a great place to start.
You’ll love these soothing vaporizing bath salts using essential oils! If you are suffering from a head cold and want to clear your sinuses, this is perfect for you. The essential oils of eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary will lift you right up.
This combination of essential oils is great for sore muscles as well! The cooling effect of these oils will help soothe inflammation in a tired and sore body.
This would make an amazing gift for a teacher, sister, girlfriend, or anyone else on your list that likes a good bath soak! I love the addition of heart sprinkles to really give it that flair.
You’ll notice that this recipe calls for strawberry fragrance oil, but I would steer clear if you can. We don’t know exactly what went into that oil to make it smell nice! Instead, I would use a floral essential oil. I bet rose essential oil would smell heavenly and romantic!
These homemade bath salts are a great gift kids or adults can make. This post also includes free printable homemade peppermint bath salts gift tags (called “candy cane bath salts” on the tag). And who doesn’t want cute labels on their gifts?
Another thing I love about this post is that it includes vegetable glycerin. It’s a great natural moisturizer that could really come in handy in the wintertime to soothe dry, flaky skin. I even put it in my DIY makeup setting spray to help keep everything moisturized.
Make your own inflammation fighting bath salts with this easy homemade recipe featuring Bergamot and Lemongrass Essential oils. I was only introduced to Bergamot essential oil recently, and I fell in love! That combined with the lemongrass should smell like a dream.
This bath salt recipe is pretty unique, because it involves using Borax as an inflammation-fighting agent. Most people use it as a natural laundry detergent, but I like this better! If it can keep your clothes clean, why not your body?
Want to get better sleep? Try these Peaceful Sleep Fizzing Bath Salts. They are easy to make and smell amazing thanks to the essential oil blend Peaceful Sleep. Having a bath with these fizzing bath salts before bed will send you off to dreamland in no time!
I love how simple this bath salt recipe is because you get the use of several essential oil in one essential oil blend. I love using blends in my baths because they’re designed to put me in a certain mood. And a sleepy mood is a welcome one!
This is a super simple Himalayan bath salt recipe that will ground you in place while lifting your mood. Himalayan salt is a very common bath ingredient because it’s full of minerals that can be very hard to obtain in our diet.
Soothe away your stress after a long day with this simple DIY Lavender & Magnesium Soak recipe. You can make lavender bath salts at home with this simple recipe. This is similar to a bath soak that I take very often after a long, stressful day. Lavender and magnesium are like a one-two punch to calm tired nerves.
I love that this recipe involves adding magnesium flakes as an added boost to the Epsom salts. And you’re more likely to reap the benefits of the magnesium because it was absorbed through your skin rather than your stomach.
To finish things off, here’s simple yet fun bath salt recipe to raise your mood. Grapefruit essential oil helps balance your mood by reducing stress, and it’s even antibacterial and antifungal. Plus, it smells great!
The Himalayan salt in addition to the Epsom salts will give this recipe a fun pink color without any added food coloring, which is a nice time saver! Put this in a fun little glass bottle and give it away as party favors for guests.
Final Thoughts on DIY Bath Salts for Relaxation
There’s a little something for everyone on this list, whether you want to make some bath salts as a gift or make some for yourself after a long day. You don’t need to buy some fancy bath products that are full of synthetic fragrances! There are plenty of options to make your own at home.
It’s much healthier for you and your loved ones to make your own bath salts so you’re limiting your exposure to harsh chemicals lurking in your products. You would think that companies wouldn’t put questionable ingredients in their products, but there are little to no regulations on ingredients these days!
So have a bit of fun and make your own bath salts. You’ll have complete control over what goes in the recipe, and you’ll be able to make it smell the way you want with your desired results. I’ve been making my own products for years, and I haven’t looked back.
Which DIY bath salt recipe is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
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