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When I first discovered bath salts it was a game-changer. They’re relaxing, restorative, and so easy to make. Sprinkling these aromatic and healing goodies into the tub makes for the perfect spa day at home. Here are some of my favorite DIY homemade natural bath salt recipes. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you.
Benefits of Natural Bath Salts
Natural bath salts are the perfect upgrade to your self-care routine. But they’re not just about relaxing and pampering scents. There is actual science behind the restorative properties of bath salts and why everyone should be using them.
Magical Magnesium Benefits
When homemade natural bath salts dissolve they release magnesium and sulfate ions into the water. As you soak and soothe your worries away, the magnesium is absorbed through the skin.
Magnesium is involved in 325 chemical reactions that occur within your heart and nervous system. This results in a path that promotes healthy neurotransmitters that improve
- Quality of sleep
- Reduce stress hormone
- Relax tension headaches
- Ease digestive issue
- Soothe menstrual cramps
These magical magnesium benefits are great for athletes too. The vital minerals found in bath salts help your body use glucose and lactic acid aiding in muscular performance and recovery.
Detox and Balance
Studies have shown that regular salt baths promote optimum levels of biological and cellular function. This detoxifying ritual can also aid internal hydration while helping to replenish critical electrolytes.
Soaking in a salt bath can help improve overall immunity and balance our alkaline and acid levels within the blood. Therapeutic salty soaks remove toxins from the bloodstream with their intensive detoxification properties. Additional benefits include regulating blood sugar, improving cardiovascular health, and boosting circulation and nerve function.
As science touts, soaking in bath salts regularly can rejuvenate everything from your blood to muscles, digestion, and brain signals. But humans are so much more than just skin and bone.
The therapeutic benefits of relaxing in a warm bath with healing salts are just as impactful. Light candles, write in a gratitude journal, heal your worries, and just spent some alone time recalling all your energy back to yourself. Whatever your healing rituals are, a salt bath is the perfect setting.
How to Use Bath Salts
It’s hard to go wrong with bath salts. You simply throw them into a tub of warm water, let them dissolve, and then soak yourself in its heavenly benefits. Just be sure you’re using an adequate amount for optimal therapeutic and physical rejuvenation. In a standard tub use 1 ½ to 2 cups one of the homemade natural bath salt recipes.
If you want to ramp up your spa treatment for even greeting healing and relaxation, here are a few things you can toss into the tub once your salts of dissolved.
- Coconut oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
I know it sounds more like a dessert recipe, but these little bonuses are a fun way to soften and cleanse your skin.
Where to Source Ingredients
I make a conscious choice to support small businesses whenever I can, rather than give my money to giant corporations. If you feel the same way, check out From Nature with Love and Rocky Mountain Oils for your bath salt ingredients.
Homemade Natural Bath Salt Recipes
Have fun when creating your bath salts. Especially when it comes to dried herbs, flowers, and essential oils you want to add. Find what inspires relaxation and healing for you. These are just a few classics to get you started.
Gift Giving Bath Salts
Give the gift a rest, relaxation, and restoration to your galpals with this fun DIY homemade natural bath salt recipe. These measurements yield 12 beautiful mini-mason jars.
- 4 Cups Unscented Epsom salts
- 1 Cup sea salt
- 1 Cup baking soda
- 25 Drops lavender and orange essential oils combined
- 2 Cups dried Lavender
- 5-10 Drops of food or soap coloring (optional)
- 12 Mini mason jars or other glass jars
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Be sure to break up any clumping. Here’s where you can play around with your fragrance. Add as much orange and lavender essential oil to create the balance you prefer. Orange has an invigorating sweet brightness and lavender is floral and therapeutic.
When it comes to optional coloring, if you’re using traditional food coloring you will only need about 10 drops depending on how bright you want it. Soap coloring is less intense and may require more. With this homemade natural bath salt recipe, I go for a soft periwinkle shade that adds to the ambiance when poured into warm bathwater.
Layer your bath salts into the mini mason jars. Fill it halfway then sprinkle in a layer of dried lavender.
Herbal Bath Salt Remedy
Created for the forest goddess in us all, is this herbal bath salt recipe. It’s my favorite little herbal alchemy in a bottle.
Why herbs? Well, we know all about how salt heals joint pain and does all those wonderful regulating things for the body. These herbs are incredibly anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, treat dried skin, eczema, and have a magical way of washing the stress away.
Collect ½ cup of each of the following herbs from your garden or purchase them dried.
- Rose petals
- Tulsi Basil
In a large mixing bowl add the dried herbs and flowers to 4 cups of Epsom salt. Now it’s time to get creative with your essential oils. In this recipe, I reach for cardamom, lavender, and rosemary. Click here for an additional list of the absolute best essential oils.
Simple & Sweet Bath Salt Recipe
Sometimes I’m not in the mood to clean up dried herbs after my bath. So for those nights that I need a speedy TLC treatment–this is my go-to.
What you need:
- Coarse Himalayan Salt (this is a next-level muscle relaxer and post-workout dream come true)
- Epsom salts
- Baking soda
- Essential oils of your choice
In a large mixing bowl combine 6 parts sea salt, 3 parts Epsom salt, and 1 part baking soda along with 10-20 drops of essential oils. Make sure there are no clumps and your simple & sweet bath salt recipe is ready to be used in no time.
That Skin Glow – Homemade Bath Salt Recipe
Skin-friendly oils help nourish and hydrate dry skin. This recipe will leave your skin glowing!
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup Grapeseed oil
- 1/4 cup Avocado oil
- 1 tsp. Vitamin E oil
- 20-30 drops essential oil blend (I like RMO’s Skin Blend)
In a glass bowl, combine and mix the carrier oils, vitamin E, and essential oils. Once mixed, add the Epsom salts and stir. Pour into jars and store in a cool, dark place.
Blue Ocean Bath Salt Recipe
Jasmine is an exotic, tantalizing scent. It will transport you to another world. Glycerin is a wonderful skin moisturizer and the blue color of this bath salt will help reduce stress.
- 1 cup of Epsom salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- 3 drops Jasmine essential oil
- 4 drops blue food coloring
- 2 tablespoons glycerin
- 4 drops vanilla
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add your scents and color one at a time while stirring to mix. Break up any clumps that form and mix until it has reached a uniform consistency. Add the glycerin and mix well.
Skin-Soothing Oatmeal Bath Salt Recipe
Oatmeal is exceptionally soothing to the skin. It helps calm irritations, making it a perfect choice for sensitive skin.
Mix the Epsom salt and colloidal oat flour in a bowl. Add lavender essential oil and place the mixture into airtight jars. To use your mixture, simply add to running water and have a soothing soak.
Citrus Morning Salt Scrub
Citrus scents boost your mood and make you more alert. Use this scrub as part of your morning routine.
- ½ cup Dead Sea salt
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. raw or manuka honey
- 1 tsp. Vitamin E oil
- Zest and juice from 1 small lemon
- Zest and juice from 1 small lime
- 1 tsp. grapeseed oil
- 6 to 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil
Mix sea salt, coconut oil, and honey in a glass bowl until they are well combined. Add vitamin E. Now you can zest and juice your lemon and lime, adding their contents to the bowl. Next, add the grapeseed and essential oil and gently mix.
Store this mixture in the fridge. Do not use it on open wounds or irritated skin, and avoid using it on the face.
Cooling Cucumber Mint Salt Body Scrub
Cucumber is very hydrating for the skin. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and astringent. Cucumber juice contains phytochemicals that help collagen production.
- ½ fresh cucumber
- ½ cup Dead Sea salt
- ¼ cup avocado oil
- 1 tbsp. grapeseed oil
- 6 to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
Wash your cucumber and cut it in half. Remove the seeds and then slice. Place sea salt and the cut cucumber in a blender and pulse until well combined. Place the blender contents into a glass mixing bowl and add the oils. Gently mix again.
Store this blend in a clean glass container in the fridge.
We hope you enjoy these homemade bath salt recipes. Let us know in the comments below how you like them, and share any recipes you love!