I have not yet come across anyone who does not love a good ‘ole’ tube soak. I know there are some who may not be able to do this because of physical ailments or maybe even not having a bathtub. But I sure love to spend some quiet time in the tub while hubby monitors the kids.
Recently, I have been using Epsom salt in my bath and so love how my body feels after using it. I have even started making my own bath salts as a result. You could really only use Epsom salt but it is so much fun to add other salts and oils for a more luxurious feel. Even more so, bath salts are so good for the body in many ways!
As mother’s day and teacher appreciation day are approaching, why not present your mom or child’s teacher with a jar of bath salts. I am sure a tired mom or teacher would be happy to have something like this where they could just relax and enjoy a good healthy bath!
Just in case you are not familiar with the benefits of Epsom salt, here are a few I pulled from Salt Works website:
- eases stress
- relaxes the body
- relieves muscle pain and cramps
- eliminates body toxins
- relieves constipation
- improves heart health
- may reduce diabetes
Other ingredients I included in this bath salts recipe are Sea Salt, Baking Soda, Essential Oils, and Dried Herbs.
According to the Salt Works website, sea salt is not only therapeutic but has minerals that are necessary for the body:
- magnesium found in sea salt helps combat stress, slow skin aging, calms nerves
- calcium helps to prevent water retention, increase circulation, strengthen nails and bones
- potassium energizes the body & balance skin moisture
- bromides helps ease muscle stiffness and relaxes them
- sodium helps with the function of the immune system
Baking soda is well known as a cleaning agent for both home and body. Here are some of its benefits:
- exfoliates the skin
- soothes skin
- reduces burning
- relieves itching
- takes away mold
- helps decrease body odor
- used as a teeth cleaner
Essential oils are making a comeback and are great for both inner and outer body and around the home purposes. I only used Lavender essential oil in this recipe because it is just so soothing for the body. Apart from smelling good, it is often used to heal cuts, bruises, rashes, and skin irritations. It is supper mild and can be used on kids, too.
The other ingredients used are dried lavender flowers and dried rosemary sprigs to add scents.
With all that said, making bath salts is super easy.
First gather all the ingredients (mentioned in the recipe card below). Don’t mind my cheap sea salt for this one.
Here is the lavender flowers I bought at a mall exhibition during our family’s Spring Break in Ohio.
Add the Epsom salt, sea salt, and baking soda to a big glass bowl. Mix well with a metal spoon.
Note: Plastic spoons and jars will soak up the essential oils.
Next, mix in the dried rosemary sprigs and lavender flowers (optional). Beware though that you WILL have to do some cleaning up after your bath if you add these dried herbs!
Finally, add in the essential oil(s) and combine well.
Pour into small glass storage jars or one large jar.
The amount of salts for this recipe will fit into a .5 gallon storage jar. I used a 5 gallon glass storage jar from Walmart but the amount of bath salts made can be reduced or increased to one’s own needs.
Cover and store salts in the bathroom.
Note: To tint the color, before pouring into storage jar, add drops of desired food coloring and stir well until the desired color is reached. Color all or smaller portions by scooping some from the mixture and adding to a smaller bowl or bowls if using various colors. I did not have all-natural food coloring so I just used a few drops of regular purple pastel food coloring to show how I made it.
To use add about one or two cups or handfuls to your warm bath and enjoy a healthy, luxurious, relaxing bath right at home!
Homemade Lavender and Rosemary Bath Salt
- 4 cups Epsom salt
- 2 cups sea salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- 3 Tablespoons dried lavender flowers (optional)
- 3 Tablespoons dried rosemary sprigs (optional)
- 20 to 25 drops of lavender essential oil
- food coloring (optional)
- A 5 gallon glass storage jar or multiple smaller jars
- A metal spoon
- Note: Plastic spoons and storage jars will soak up the essential oils
- Place Epsom salt in a large glass bowl.
- Add sea salt and baking soda.
- Stir well with a metal spoon.
- Add in dried rosemary sprigs and dried lavender flowers, mixing well.
- Stir in lavender essential oil until fully combined.
- If using food coloring, separate salts into smaller glass bowls.
- Add a few drops of desired color and stir well until salts reach the desired colors.
- Store bath salts in covered glass jars.
- Use one or two handfuls or cups in a tub of warm water for a healthy, luxurious, relaxing bath.
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