Bath time is one of the best ways to relax and unwind after a long day. But why settle for plain old bathwater when you can turn your tub into a luxurious spa experience with homemade bath salts? In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make your own recipe for bath salts with essential oils, so you can have a relaxing soak every time!
Welcome to this blog on how to make your own bath salts with essential oils! We'll go through the basics of what essential oils are best for a salt bath, what essential oils should not be used, how to mix essential oils with bath salts and other optional add-ins. We'll also provide instructions for use, storage instructions and variations of the recipe. Lastly, we'll share some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your homemade bath salt experience. So let's get started with our recipe for bath salts with essential oils!
What essential oils are best for a salt bath?
When it comes to essential oils for a salt bath, lavender and eucalyptus are two popular options. Lavender is known for its calming and soothing properties, making it an ideal choice for helping to relax both the mind and body. Eucalyptus is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits and is often used to help relieve muscle aches and pains. Other essential oils to consider include cedarwood, lemon, peppermint, and rosemary. All of these essential oils have unique properties that can help create a luxurious bathing experience. When combining essential oils with bath salts, it's important to use only a few drops of oil per cup of salt to ensure that the scent isn't overpowering.
What essential oils should not be used in the bath?
It is important to consider which essential oils are safe for use in the bath. Cinnamon, oregano, and other spice-based essential oils should never be added to the bathtub, as their strong scents could be irritating to the skin. Additionally, citrus essential oils like lemon, orange, and grapefruit can be photosensitizing if used in direct sunlight or tanning beds and can cause skin irritation when used in the bath in large quantities. Instead, opt for milder essential oils like frankincense, clary sage, rose, geranium, or juniper for a relaxing and soothing experience.
How do you mix essential oils with bath salts?
Mixing essential oils with bath salts is an easy and fun way to customize your own relaxing spa experience. After you've chosen your desired essential oils, start by combining 1 cup of Epsom salt, 1 cup of dead sea salt, and 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bowl. Once blended together, add 10 drops of each oil per cup of the mixture. If you'd like, you can also add a carrier oil like jojoba or sweet almond to enhance the scented oils. Finally, store the concoction in a glass jar for future use. With this simple recipe, you can create your own customized spa experience in the comfort of your own home!
I just love natural DIYs as you all know. I am so excited to share this great bath salts recipe, just in time for spring. This Easy DIY Grapefruit Bath Salts would be great for a hostess gift, Mother's Day gift, or just to keep at home as a treat for yourself.
With only three ingredients, it comes together in no time. Here is our recipe for bath salts with essential oils:
You will need a 2 lb or larger box of Magnesuim Sulfate Epsom Salt, a 16 oz. box of Regular Pure Baking Soda, and of course some Grapefruit Essential Oil. Amazon also has an Epsom Salt and Baking soda bundle here. If you choose an off brand, be sure the essential ingredients are the same and it does not have any other additives.
I would probably just use the Baking Soda you have on hand in the house, and then replace your box with a new one for baking. (I always do this, to ensure my box for baking is nice and fresh!) And for the Grapefruit Essential Oil, be sure to find a pure blend, again with no other additives or mixed with other oils.
You can find this oil from Young Living, which you can read about and purchase here.
The Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil from Young Living is available in this 5ml size. Yes it's pretty small, but don't worry, it will go a long way! Just 6 drops of this pure Grapefruit oil is all you need for this recipe.
A quick word of caution for anyone using this particular oil: If you have any medical reason to avoid grapefruit, be sure to avoid this oil as well. If you aren't sure if you can have it, consult your doctor first.
This Grapefruit Bath Salts recipe can be added in 1/2 cup scoops to your bath, or less if you prefer. One reason I love making my own bath bombs and bath salts is that if a recipe seems too strong or I find myself needing to add more, I can easily adjust the recipe to fit my preference! For experienced essential oil users, you can change up the Essential Oils too, to make it your own.
In addition to the essential oils and salts, there are a few other optional ingredients you can add to your bath salt recipe. To add a nourishing boost, you can include 1 tablespoon of oil of your choice like coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, avocado oil or Argan oil. You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of dried spices such as lavender buds, rose petals or chamomile flowers for a fragrant and calming effect. For an extra therapeutic punch, you can add 1/4 cup of Epsom salt to the mixture.
These optional ingredients will give your bath salts a unique scent and added health benefits. Using baking soda or magnesium sulfate is great way to get a detox bath. Experiment with different combinations and find the perfect recipe for your needs! This recipe for bath salts with essential oils is so versatile you can make it for anyone.
It is important to store this blend of bath salts without the essential oils in them. This will help to extend the life of the essential oils, which can drop significantly when they are added to water. The best way to store your bath salts is in an airtight container such as a mason jar or a glass container with a lid. Make sure to label the mason jars or containers so you know what it contains and when it was made. Additionally, make sure that the container is placed somewhere where it will not be exposed to heat or direct sunlight, as this can degrade the quality of the essential oils.
Variations of the Recipe
There are plenty of ways to vary this recipe for bath salts with essential oils. To use different salts, you could try substituting the Epsom salt with Dead Sea salt or Himalayan pink salt. You can also experiment with different essential oils, such as lavender essential oil, eucalyptus, geranium, or rosemary. Or you can try adding different ingredients for extra benefits and relaxation — like oatmeal, dried herbs, or flower petals. Just be sure to research any additional ingredients to make sure they’re safe for a bath. With a few simple changes to the recipe, you can make your own unique spa experience!
Tips and Tricks
When it comes to adding essential oils to bath salts, it's important to use the right ratios. For every cup of Epsom salt, 10 drops of essential oil is recommended. Additionally, it's best to avoid using citrus-based essential oils in the bath as citrus oils can cause skin irritation. When blending essential oils, it's best to use a glass bowl or container as plastic can absorb the scent of the oil. If you find the scent of your bath salts is too strong, you can add some extra Epsom salt and baking soda for a milder aroma. Finally, if you want a more luxurious bath experience, you can add some dried flowers or herbs such as lavender or rose petals to a hot bath for extra relaxation.
In conclusion, making bath salts with essential oils is a simple way to create a luxurious spa-like experience at home. With the right essential oils and carrier oils, you can create an invigorating, calming, or relaxing experience. There are several add-ins that can be used to customize the blend. When using essential oils in the salt bath, it is important to remember to never use undiluted essential oils directly into the bath water and always store your homemade bath salts properly. With proper care, your homemade bath salts can provide you with many luxurious and therapeutic benefits. The health and wellness benefits of Epsom salt in a bath are too many to list here, from stress relief to relieving achy muscles; your next bath can be amazing with a cup of salts.
For a great gift, consider a pretty mason jar with a swatch of fabric and ribbon secured around the top. Just be sure to print the recipe below with the directions for adding to a bath! Maybe a basket of homemade bath bombs or bath fizzies is more your style if you are going to make homemade gifts with simple ingredients. Either way you can gift someone with a great addition to a warm bath. What is your favorite essential oil for relaxing bath salts?
Hope you enjoyed this easy and natural DIY. Thanks for reading!
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 6 drops of Young Living Grapefruit essential Oil
- Combine Epsom salt, baking soda and essential oil in glass bowl. Mix well. Store in glass container with lid. Use ½ cup of mixture in your bath.
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