Today we’re going to talk about how to make scented epsom bath salts and why you should use them.
Epsom salts, which is actually magnesium sulfate, is a mineral that our bodies need to function properly. It will relieve stress, sooth muscles, reduce inflammation and leave your skin feeling amazing. Adding other salts, essential oils and botanicals (okay so it is a fancy way of saying dried flowers or herbs) can enhance the end products application.
I’m going to give you the basics for how to make scented epsom bath salts, then we will talk about different additives to address specific discomforts.
Basic Epsom Bath Salts Recipe:
- 2 parts course sea salt (there are several types we will discuss below)
- 1 parts Epsom salt (you can find this in your local grocery store)
That is it! Everything else that you add can be tailored to fit your mood.
A word about adding food coloring. While you can add food coloring, I tend to shy away from it as I’m not a big fan of adding coloring chemicals to something that is going to get sucked up into my body. I don’t even really care for food coloring in my food. Not too mention that it can stain your tub.
The long day working, need to have a great nights sleep epsom bath salts recipe:
Add lavender oil, either fragrance or essential oil, and some dried lavender buds.
Got the flu or a nasty cold?
Peppermint oil and the contents of a peppermint tea bag added to the basic recipe will revitalize you and open up your sinuses.
Also Eucalyptus oil and crumpled dry leaves will open your sinuses and make you feel better.
Need to detox?
Try adding lemon essential oil and some either dried lemon peel or chopped up tried thyme. Lemons have been known to even out skin tone and are a wonderful anti oxidant.
Getting ready for a romantic evening?
Nothing says romance, to me anyway, like the smell of roses. Rose essential oil can relieve sadness, depression and inspires unconditional love. Add some to the basic recipe along with a few crushed dried rose petals – long soak with a few candles and some relaxing music. Yep, I can feel the tensions of the day slipping away already.
Dead Sea Salt:
There are several dead seas in the world today, probably two of the most famous are those found in Salt Lake City and in Israel. Of the two the Dead sea in Israel is the one most people think of when they hear the words “dead sea”.
The therapeutic effects of bathing in the Dead Sea were well known even in times of antiquity. Galenus, for instance, stated that this salt water was good for the treatment of arthritis, eczema, muscular pain, rheumatism, psoriasis, and also to relieve tension, aid relaxation, and develop smooth silky skin. According to the book of Samuel, King Solomon presented the Queen of Sheba with Dead Sea salts upon her visit to the Holy Land. The empress Cleopatra, who was an ardent user of Dead Sea beauty formulations, was actually given title to the entire region by Mark Anthony after he conquered it.
Today, the Dead Sea has taken on a new dimension: modern science has proven the therapeutic and rejuvenating properties of its unique mineral content. The Dead Sea has become a renowned center for natural health and beauty treatments, with people coming from around the world to bath in its mineral-rich waters. [read the whole article here]
By adding dead sea salts to your bath salts recipe you can transform your bathtub into a dead sea without having the expense of travel. (and you get much faster results)
Making your own scented Epsom bath salts is fun. There are many types of essential oils and botanicals that you can add. Experiment! It is hard to go wrong with such an easy and forgiving recipe. Get the kids involved. Give them as gifts.
But most importantly bath in them yourself. Combined with goats milk soap, a candle or two and some nice music you may be surprised at how good a few minutes soak can make you feel.
Feel free to let me know how your bath salts turned out, share your personal favorites in the comments below.