This recipe for Detox Bath Salts not only smells fantastic, but can also help soothe sore muscles, relieve stress and ease headaches! There are many health benefits to using epsom salts and baking baking soda in your bath, such as improving circulatory health and the absorption of nutrients. Baking soda is also commonly used in the bath to detoxify and alkalize your body. But best of all, this bath salt recipe is inexpensive and simple to make too!
You will need:
- Epsom Salt
- Coarse Sea Salt
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oil(s)
It is basically a 3:2:1 ratio. Here, I used 1 Cup Epsom Salt, 1/2 Cup Sea Salt and 1/4 Cup Baking Soda. I chose Tangerine essential oil because it is known to have a calming effect, so I thought it would be perfect for relaxation! In this mixture, I added about 2 teaspoons to the mixture. Simply mix all ingredients in a bowl, mix well and store in an air-tight container or jar, preferably glass. I have previously stored bath salts or scrubs in tupperware type containers and was never able to use them for food afterwards. They absorb the “aroma” and after awhile, it often becomes more of an unpleasant odor. Even sanitizing and the dishwasher wasn’t able to completely remove the smell. Here, I found the jar pictured above for about $2 at Michaels. This would make a very affordable DIY gift! There is always an occasion popping up where a gift like this would be perfect! (The holidays are coming so make sure to pin this!) I have also previously posted about the benefits of a simple detox bath. You can find more info on that HERE.
Here is a list of alternative Essential Oils you can substitute and what effect they are known to have.
Congestion: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea Tree
Calming: Tangerine, Chamomile, Bergamot, Lavender
Invigorating: Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime, Peppermint, Spearmint, Rosemary
Lastly, Vanilla oil is said to be amazing for improving your mood. It also blends well with many of the oils listed above. You can certainly play around with the mixtures to achieve your perfect blend!
Some oils have more potent aromas than others, so always start with less oil in your mixture. You can always add more if need be, but you can’t take any away!