I often underestimate the power of a bath. Whenever I wasn’t feeling well as a kid, the answer always seemed to have a warm bath. Usually I did, in fact, feel much better. I forget about that until I settle into the warm water. Baths are great for all sorts of ailments from cold and flu to achy, sore muscles, and everything in between. And DIY bath salts are super simple and inexpensive to make at home.
How to make DIY Aromatherapy Bath Salts
A great all-purpose bath salt is made with 2 parts Epsom salt, 2 parts kosher salt and 1 part baking soda. The salts contain minerals that are absorbed through the skin to help ease muscle soreness and relieve tension.
This not-really-a-salt salt is a great source of magnesium, a mineral that has many benefits. Magnesium helps your body produce energy, and when you’re deficient you might feel more anxious, experience more painful PMS symptoms and have muscle aches. An Epsom salt soak is a simple way to boost magnesium levels because it can be absorbed into the skin while you bathe.
The baking soda helps prevent the bath from being too irritating to the skin. As soon as you add baking soda to water, you can feel the difference – the water feels a little more silky, without feeling outright slippery on your skin. Taking a baking soda bath can reduce skin irritation and itching, too.
Ready to add essential oils to your bath? Infusing bath salts adds aromatherapy benefits, and depending on the blend, they can help with relaxation, better sleep, clearing the mind, rejuvenation and even relief for stuffy noses.
- Clear breathing: Combine eucalyptus and peppermint
- Romantic: Use a blend of rose, cardamom, and vanilla
- Relax: Mix up clary sage, bergamot, lavender, chamomile
- Clear your mind: Nix anxious thoughts with lemon, rosemary
- Balancing: Invite calm with sage, mint, tea tree
- Calming: Make a peaceful blend with geranium, lavender, rose
- Sore muscles: Combine juniper, lavender and marjoram
- Energizing: Try lemon, orange and rosemary
- Stress relief: Blend lemon, clove, cedarwood and orange
The time to add your DIY bath salts is after the bath is full and you’re in it. If you add them while the water is running then the aromatherapy scents will evaporate before you get into the tub.
Scented Wellness Bath Salts
- Mixing bowls
- Jar with lid
- Combine salts and baking soda in a jar.
- In a separate bowl, combine the essential oils and carrier oil. Add oil mixture to the salts and stir until fully incorporated, breaking up any clumps.
- Store in a lidded container in a cool, dark place. Use about 1/2 - 1 cup per bath.
More Aromatherapy Bath Salt Recipes
Which blend would you add to your next bath?
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Holly Smith, a board certified physician in nephrology and internal medicine with a background in nutrition. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.700