A long soak in a warm bath is one of my favorite ways to relax and unwind. I make a regular bath even better by using homemade bath salts. My basic unscented diy bath salts recipe calls for simple pantry ingredients: epsom salt and baking soda. Adding essential oils is a nice and easy way to put scent into your bath salts, but it’s totally optional.
Taking an epsom salt bath is highly beneficial for your body! In water, epsom salt breaks down into the minerals magnesium and sulfate. Our bodies can easily absorb these minerals when we soak in an epsom salt bath, which replenishes our magnesium and sulfate levels. In a nutshell, epsom salt baths can make us feel better. Epsom salt baths are also an excellent home remedy for aches, pains, arthritis, insomnia, psoriasis, sunburn pain and redness, sore muscles, fibromyalgia and tired, swollen feet.
Click to download and print my free printable Lavender Bath Salts Round Labels
Epsom salt is available at just about any retailer including: drug stores, grocery stores and even dollar stores. I buy it in the large resealable bags. I also buy the large resealable bags of baking soda (look on the laundry aisle.) I take a lot of epsom salt and baking soda baths, good thing the basic ingredients are relatively inexpensive.
You can easily add a few drops of essential oils to your diy bath salts for aromatherapy benefits. Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular oils to use for bath salts because of its calming effect. I am also sharing a few of my other favorite essential oil combinations for bath salts (see below.)
I usually make a large batch of the Basic DIY bath salts recipe (below) with just the epsom salt and baking soda. Then I can run a bath and add a couple drops of whatever essential oils I want to use directly to the water along with the bath salts.
Bath salts are fun to make for yourself and to give friends and family for homemade gifts. Recently, I whipped up a batch of lavender bath salts and added a few drops of purple food coloring. The food coloring tints the bath water a slight lavender color. Don’t worry, it will not dye your skin or bathtub lavender! (At least, I have never had either of those things happen to me and I use this all the time.)
Lavender DIY Bath Salts
Basic DIY Bath Salts Recipe
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- optional essential oils: 20 drops of essential oil(s) *be sure to use skin-friendly essential oils to avoid irritation
- optional food coloring: about 3-5 drops add a light tint to salts
Combine epsom salts and baking soda in a small bowl. Stir until well mixed.
If adding essential oils: Gently stir in essential oils to the salt mixture. If adding food coloring: Carefully add about 5 drops of coloring to the salt mixture and stir until salts are completely colored. *add more drops if a darker color is desired, and fewer drops for a lighter tint
I am sharing the Lavender Bath Salts label tags shown in the above photo. It’s free for you to download and print as many as you need for your project! Click on Lavender Bath Salts Round Labels. Print them on cardstock and use a circle punch (2 inch size) to cut them out.
Aromatherapy Bath Salts Essential Oil Combinations:
- For Clear sinuses/Cold and allergy relief, try: 10 drops Eucalpytus + 10 drops Peppermint
- For Relaxation, try: 10 drops Lavender + 10 drops Bergamot
- For Clarity and Energy, try: 10 drops Rosemary + 10 drops Lemon
- For a Pick-me-up, try: 20 drops Grapefruit
Don’t have any essential oils on hand? Check your pantry for vanilla! Add a few drops of vanilla to your bath salts to make a soothing VANILLA BATH SALTS blend.
How do you use epsom salt? What are your favorite essential oil blends for bath salts? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.
If you love to make DIY homemade cleaners with essential oils, check out one of my favorite recipes: Rosemary Essential Oil All Purpose Cleaner. I love the way it leaves behind a nice, clean scent that doesn’t smell like disinfectant. Another very popular homemade cleaner here at Mom Always Finds Out is this Lemon Lavender Mopping Solution. It works wonders on just about every kind of floor surface!