Making your own aromatherapy bath salts is easy and inexpensive. You don’t need to dish out big bucks to enjoy this therapeutic luxury. Just combine your favorite salt with baking soda and essential oils. You can use Epsom salts, Dead Sea salts or Himalayan salt. All three have wonderful therapeutic properties.
Epsom salt contains magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium slows skin aging, calms the mind and reduces fluid retention. It also combats muscle aches and pains, especially when caused by over exertion. Add it to your bath water for a relaxing, anti-ageing experience.
Dead sea salt also contains magnesium. Additionally, it Dead Sea salt has calcium, potassium and bromides. Calcium strengthens bones and nails, prevents water retention and aids blood flow. Potassium replenishes minerals and it a great post intense work out choice. Dead Sea salt also aids in the treatment of psoriasis and other skin conditions.
Himalayan salt is the purest salt on earth. It also contains potassium, calcium and magnesium. A soak in this wonderful salt detoxifies the body and will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.
Baking soda contains sodium ions. Sodium eliminates toxins, balancing out the lymphatic system. It is a mild disinfectant and fungicide. Its alkaline properties help neutralize the skin’s PH. Adding it to your bath water will soften your skin and leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.
If you’re pregnant, consult your doctor before trying any essential oils or a salt bath. Don’t soak up in hot water if you have a fever or suffer from low-blood pressure.
Aromatherapy bath salts recipe
- 4 cups Epsom salts, Dead Sea salts or Himalayan Salt
- 2 cups baking soda
- A few drops of skin-safe food or soap coloring (optional, I rarely color my salts)
- 10-15 drops of pure essential oils (aromatherapy blends below)
- Place the Epsom salts and the baking soda in a bowl and mix well.
- Add the food coloring if you’re using it and mix until you reach an even color.
- Add the essential oils and mix well.
- Add the mixture to an air tight glass jar. Essential oils can damage plastic, so avoid placing your aromatherapy bath salts in a plastic container.
- Add 1/2-1 cup of the aromatherapy bath salts to bath water and mix to dissolve salts. To keep the essential oils from evaporating too quickly, enter the tub as soon as salts have dissolved.
Aromatherapy blends to try
Now you can customize your aromatherapy bath! Feel free to experiment and mix out your favorite essential oils. Just make sure to use skin friendly and bath tub safe essential oils.
Uplifting bath: 3 Bergamot + 3 Neroli + 3 Frankincense + 1 Jasmine
Refreshing bath: 4 Lavender + 2 Rosemary + 3 Petitgrain + 1 Eucalyptus
Sleep Well bath: 4 Lavender + 4 Neroli + 2 Geranium
Sensual bath: 4 Sandalwood + 3 Grapefruit + 3 Ylang-Ylang + 2 Jasmine + 1 Vetiver
Aphrodisiac bath: 4 rose + 4 Patchouli + 4 Sandalwood
Do you use salts in your bath? Have you ever tried bath salts with essential oils?