Soaking in the tub works on many levels. Your body and mind both have time to relax–something we all need during busy times of year. Your skin benefits from the extra hydration, essential when cold weather hits. So you’ll understand why we’re such big bath advocates.
But how do you take your soak to the next level? With bath salts, of course! Here are 17 bath salt recipes to try for detox, healing, or just plain pleasure:
What kind of salt should I use?
Epsom salt baths have tons of benefits. This not-really-a-salt salt is a great source of magnesium, a mineral that lots of people could use more of. Soaking in salt water is an easy way for it to absorb into the skin.
Himalayan Pink Salt
Himalayan pink salt does more than look pretty! A pink salt bath soak helps replenish trace elements and minerals and brings anti-inflammatory relief to skin irritations. A word of caution though: pink salt takes longer to dissolve in warm water and doesn’t feel great to sit on. After you pour in the salt, wait a few minutes before easing into your bath.
Dead Sea Salt
A soak with Dead Sea salt can help replenish 21 minerals that relax the body and soften the skin. The sulfur in Dead Sea salt is natural disinfectant that can treat skin conditions like acne and eczema.
Should I add essential oils?
We suggest caution in using essential oils in the bath. No need to stress though if you stick with oils that won’t irritate the skin (think like lavender, chamomile, geranium, sweet orange or atlas cedarwood) and dilute in a carrier oil before adding to your salt recipe. You can also add in dried herb options like lavender, calendula, lemon balm and eucalyptus leaves.
17 Simple DIY Bath Salt Recipes
Soothe tired muscles, relax away stress, and detox your body all day long with these 3 essential oil bath salts. Use them morning, noon, and night.
2. Detoxifying Clay + Sea Salt Mermaid Bath
This mermaid bath is more than just a fun color–it’s also loaded with detoxifying nutrients from mineral-rich sea salt and French green clay.
-1 cup sea salt
-1/8 cup French green clay
-1 tsp spirulina powder
-1 tbsp liquid chlorophyll
Combine the ingredients in a glass bowl and stir with a wooden spoon. Add to a warm bath and soak for 30 minutes.
The salts and baking soda in this sea salt + eucalyptus mix draw out impurities and excess water while delivering a dose of natural minerals.
Increase the magnesium levels in your body with an Epsom salt bath. It also eases sore muscle pain and helps with insomnia.
Healing Bentonite clay can reduce inflammation and increase overall immunity. Add it to the your bath salts to reap the benefits.
Combine cucumber with peppermint tea for a rejuvenating, cooling bath that is good for the skin and fights inflammation.
The sweet bath salts are a combination of Epsom and sea salts combined with vanilla – a soothing soak that smells good enough to eat!
Setting up a DIY bath salt bar is a fun activity for birthday parties, holiday get-togethers, and showers. Send everyone home with a custom bath salt blend!
Not only are these bath salt blends good for relaxation, detox and insomnia respectively, but they’re also moistuzing because of the oils inside.
Add rose petals to Epsom salt for a luxurious bath salt mix that will instantly lift your mood.
11. Mojito Bath Salts
If you love a good Mojito, you’ll love a good Mojito bath salt blend! Mint and lime are gentle on your skin and they smell divine.
-1/2 cup salt. You can use regular salt, kosher salt or leftover margarita salt.
-2 tablespoons of olive oil
-1-2 tablespoons tequila
-Juice of 1 lime
Mix all ingredients together in small bowl until you have a paste. Add more olive oil if needed. Then scrub away in the shower. One note of caution – use the scrub before you shave, not after, because it might burn.
Make a jar of these big batch bath salts and have them on hand whenever you need a long soak. The orange-jasmine scent is amazing!
Boost your magnesium levels to get rid of migraines using this bath salt combination. The mineral magnesium helps relax nerves that transmit pain impulses to the brain and also soothes internal inflammation.
Relax in the tub with a bath salt combination that has the aromatherapy benefits of lavender and bergamot.
Whether you are attempting to soothe sore muscles, detox, or improve overall health and beauty, the next time you draw a bath, consider this combination for a detoxifying bath soak
Ideal before bedtime, this lavender and chamomile combination calms you and helps you fall asleep easier.
No crumbling, no mess! You’ll get perfect bath bombs every time with this nourishing, skin soothing recipe.66