Combining the therapeutic benefits of essential oils with the healing properties of aromatherapy bath salts will take your bath on next level. Follow the instructions below to make your bath salt for relaxing baths.
Mix together Epsom salt and sea salt in a bowl.
Measure out your preferred salt varieties with a set of measuring cups and pour them into a bowl. Stir the salts together with a spoon until they’re evenly distributed. For a small batch, start with about 1 c (225 g) of Epsom salt and ¼ c (55 g) of sea salt.
- For a large batch, use roughly 2 c (450 g) of Epsom salt and 1 c (225 g) of sea salt. This will yield roughly 3½ c (790 g) of bath salts.
- Sea salts are available in a variety of grain sizes. Combine sizes for an interesting salt mixture. Just keep in mind that it’ll take longer for coarser grains of salt to dissolve in your bath.
- For a luxurious bath experience, use a more exotic salt such as Dead Sea salt, Himalayan salt, or Hawaiian salt.
Stir baking soda into the salt mixture, if desired.
While baking soda isn’t essential, it will help soften your water and skin. To add this to your bath salts, measure out the correct amount and mix it into the bowl of salts. For a small batch, add up to ¼ c (55 g) of baking soda. If you’re making a large batch, use closer to ½ c (115 g) of baking soda.
Add a few drops of essential oils into the salt mixture.
Feel free to use a single oil or a blend of oils. Use about 8 to 10 drops in total for a small batch. Mix the ingredients together thoroughly until the oil is evenly distributed. Use the back of your spoon to break up any clumps. Add about 30 to 40 drops for a large batch of bath salts.
You can use different type of essential oil to have different type of fragrance in your bath salt. Below we have mentioned some essential oils which can work best in a bath salt solution.
Choose lavender and other calming botanicals for a relaxing bath.
An aromatherapy favorite, lavender is calming, soothing, and beautifully fragrant. Use lavender essential oil on its own, or try combining it with another soothing ingredient like frankincense to help further reduce stress and anxiety. Beyond lavender, try other relaxing essential oils such as bergamot, ylang-ylang, geranium, patchouli, or chamomile.
- Enhance your lavender bath salts with a few sprigs of dried lavender.
- Try adding red and blue food coloring to give your lavender bath salts a purple tint.
Select citrus essential oils for an energizing bath.
- Consider adding soothing rosemary essential oils and dried rosemary sprigs to lemon.
- Try using other bright citrusy scents like verbena or lemongrass instead of the typical citruses.
- Feel free to mix a few citrus varieties like lemon and orange with spicier notes such as clove.
Use dried mint leaves and uplifting mint essential oils.
And invigorating mint bath will refresh your mind and body. Use peppermint essential oil on its own and tint your aromatherapy bath salts with green food coloring, or try tempering the vibrancy of mint with other herbs like sage, eucalyptus, or tea tree oil. Combine mint and citrus in a combination like peppermint and lemon for a bright and energy-boosting bath.
Add rose for a soothing and luxurious bath.
Rose essential oil is said to reduce stress and relieve aches and pains. Mix in a handful of dried rose petals with your bath salts for a burst of color and beauty. Rose essential oils are also said to boost your mood. Take advantage of these aroma therapeutic properties and create bath salts that you can pamper yourself with.
Combine eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils to clear your sinuses.
In combination with the steam of your bath, the menthol in peppermint oil will open up your sinus passages. The cineole in eucalyptus oil will similarly help clear your congestion and reduce a sinus headache.