If you buy bath salts or just enjoy taking a long soak in the tub, try making your own bath salts! You only need a few household items and essential oils and you can make a variety of scents that will soothe and detox you body. This easy bath salts recipe is inexpensive too!
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All winter I’ve been taking baths…mostly to keep warm but also to relax. I always make my own bath salts since they are ridiculously easy and inexpensive. Well I just ran out and decided to try a new recipe.
Using Epsom salts
I always use epsom salts because of the many benefits of magnesium that they offer as well as the fact that they are cheap! You can buy a big carton at the drug store or even the dollar store for a few bucks.
Below you can see some of the Epsom salts I had on hand. I bought the two blue bags at the Dollar Store for $1 each and I really started liking this bag of epsom salt from Target. It has coconut oil in it to make my skin softer and it doesn’t add any oily ring around the bath tub.
If I run out of the coconut oil Epsom salts, I just use regular and add a little of my own coconut oil.
Next I added some baking soda to neutralize the chemicals in our water and to help with absorption of the minerals. And lastly I added my favorite pure essential oils.
Use Pure Essential oils
I want to stress here that you should use pure essential oils. There are a lot of synthetic fragrance oils that say they are essential oils. Just read the labels and make sure it says put essential oils. Below are the essential oils I have on hand. I guess I’m collecting them. 🙂
In today’ bath salts, I used Frankincense, Ginger, Lemon and Bergamot. I really like Aura Casia essential oils and Plant Therapy. I know they are good quality and not too expensive. Remember a little goes a long way.
Bath Salts as a Gift
If you are making bath salts as a gift, a good combination is Lavender and Lemon. That is my usual blend but since I have all these wonderful essential oils, I wanted to try something different. People usually don’t have any problem with lavender and lemon pure essential oils and they are good for a lot of things.
Easy Bath Salts Recipe
The basic ratio of ingredients is:
1 cup epsom salt + 1/2 cup baking soda + 5-10 drops of essential oils.
Next I’m going to prepare a few cleaning recipes that I learned from my sister at Hearth and Vine.com. Check out her recipes here for Citrus Scrub, Countertop Spray and Linen Spray. I am especially interested in her countertop spray since it’s safe for granite countertops!
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 5 - 10 drops of pure essential oils
- Jar or container
- Mix the epsom salts and baking soda together.
- Next add 5 - 10 drops of pure essential oils. Make sure you are using pure essential oils not fragrance oils.
- Mix well and store in a sealed container or jar.
- I like to use about 1/4 cup of salts for 1 bath.