Essential oil bath salts are wonderful for a soothing, relaxing bath after a long hard day, but they are good for so much more than that. Depending on which essential oil you include in your recipe, bath salts can be used to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, improve skin disorders or even help treat bacterial infections.
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The essential oil bath salts will impart all of the essential oil’s therapeutic properties and the salts are also incredibly nourishing. The recipes listed here have been proven effective, but don’t hesitate to adjust them a little.
When you make your own bath salts, you can personalize the recipe to address a particular health issue or just find that signature fragrance that is all you.
1. Holiday Bath Salts
This recipe has a great fragrance that is similar to fresh evergreens with a touch of relaxing vanilla. It is especially good for dry, itchy skin, upper respiratory and sinus congestion, inflammation, neuralgia, muscle spasms and digestive discomfort.
It can also be used to help reduce a fever and for general detoxification. Use 1 cup of salts, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 1 tablespoon of vanilla oil. You can use a 20% vanilla in jojoba oil, 30% vanilla in fractionated coconut oil or something similar. Vanilla oil is always vanilla mixed into a carrier oil.
2. Pain Relief Bath Salts
This bath salts recipe is excellent for back pain or any type of all-over pain as well as a whole host of other maladies. Blend together 2 cups of salts, 1 cup of baking soda, 10 drops of peppermint essential oil, 5 drops each of eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender and cinnamon essential oils, 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, 2 tablespoons of dried lavender flowers and 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary sprigs.
The lavender flowers and rosemary sprigs make the mixture look more interesting but aren’t absolutely necessary. You’ll get lavender and rosemary benefits from the oils. If you do include the flowers and sprigs, be sure to put a strainer over your tub drain. You don’t want the flowers and sprigs clogging your drain.
3. Uplifting Lemon Bath Salts
Lemon and rosemary make a great, uplifting yet soothing bath-salts combination. The lemon oil is wonderful for inflammation, arthritis, high blood pressure and it actually improves cognitive function.
Rosemary oil is great for digestive issues, varicose veins, edema, neuralgia, fatigue and depression. It is also an astringent oil that helps firm and tone your skin and muscles. Blend together 2 cups of salts, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 6 drops each of lemon essential oil and rosemary essential oil, an emulsifier and 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
Be careful with this recipe if you are planning to go outdoors in the sunlight after your bath. Cold pressed lemon essential oil is phototoxic. If you take a bath in it and expose your skin to sunlight too soon, you could get a nasty reaction.
*For best results, use an emulsifier so that your essential oils will mix into your bath water uniformly instead of just floating on the surface.*
4. Soothing Lavender Detox
This simple bath salts recipe is excellent for detoxification or soothing relaxation. Mix together 1 cup each of salts and baking soda, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, an emulsifier and 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Alternatively, you could blend 3 cups of salts with 15 drops of lavender.
5. Luxurious, Relaxing, Uplifting Bath Salts
Use these bath salts to relax, relieve pain, improve your mood or just enjoy a decadently luxurious bath. This recipe calls for ylang ylang essential oil, which is the oil used in Chanel No. 5 perfume.
Yummy! Blend together 3 drops of ylang ylang essential oil, 5 drops of bergamot essential oil, emulsifier, 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, 1/3 cup of dried butterfly pea flowers, 1/3 cup of Himalayan pink salt and 1/3 cup of Epsom salts. Add 1/2 cup of these bath salts to your bath when you want a real treat.
6. Exotic Floral-citrus Bath Salts
For a more exotic floral bath salts recipe, use the recipe above but substitute the ylang ylang EO and bergamot EO with 6 drops of jade lemon essential oil a