How To Make Amazing DIY Bath Salts

Oct 25, 2018 | Beauty, DIY, Eco-friendly, Essential Oils, Minimalism, Natural | 0 comments

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How To Make Natural Therapeutic Bath Salts

Nothing is better than a relaxing bath after a long day, especially when you can combine it with candles, your favorite tunes and a glass of wine (or kombucha). What can lift a good bath to an AMAZING bath is your own customized bath salts, but be super careful to prevent them from exploding!

When used safely they can help you when you’re stressed out, have trouble falling asleep, feeling under the weather and so much more. Luckily, they are super easy to make if you follow my tips and tricks.

Detoxing With Bath Salts

As a health scientist, I always feel obliged to start with a little fact checking first. When you search online for homemade bath salt recipes, you’ll most likely find enticing ingredients, fragrance combinations as well as loads of health claims.

Don’t get me wrong, I love using salts like the Dead Sea or Epsom and especially in combination with aromatherapy for many reasons. What I have a hard time with is when information is portrayed as fact without any serious evidence to back it up. Most theories you hear about how salt baths work, like osmosis, are oversimplified. They might be based on science but no evidence.

Regardless of whether these salts work for different ailments, it’s important to understand that claims such as detoxification are terribly misleading. I liked the following articles that talk about Epsom salt and bathing for aches and pains if you would like to know more. If you’re more into short videos this one is great.


Why Should You Use Bath Salts?

Bath salts may not detoxify or give you a boost of magnesium but they make baths amazing and can really help you feel better in all sorts of ways! They are often formulated with different ingredients like almond oil, oats, different salts, and essential oils, that are wonderful in supporting you with all sorts of things.

Here are my favorite reasons to use bath salts.

  • Lots of salt increases buoyancy and makes you feel light as a feather in your bath. So nice…
  • Most ingredients are super relaxing for body and mind.
  • Ingredients like Epsom salts make the water feel super silky.
  • Bath salts are inexpensive and therefore great to use for a little me time on a regular basis.
  • It’s safe to use for most people (but if you have health concerns check with your doctor).
  • May help certain skin conditions like acne or types of inflammation.
  • Infusing bath salts with essential oils is… wow! Scroll down to learn more.
  • You can play with all kinds of fun combinations. The sky is the limit!
  • And who knows, maybe salts do have some healing abilities that we aren’t aware of yet. I’m not claiming to know everything.


Tips For The Best (Salt) Bath Ever

Best Bath Tip #1

Amp Up The Zen Factor

There are so many ways to make your baths incredible and one of those things is to set the mood. You can easily upgrade the experience by using dimmed lighting or candlelight. I also love adding some relaxing tunes or listen to my favorite audiobook or podcast, as well as pouring myself my favorite drink (as well as water) and including a bath pillow.

Best Bath Tip #2

Don’t Make It Too Hot

Although it might feel relaxing, safe and soothing, when your bath water is too hot your nervous system gets all fired up. This is particularly bad when you are trying to go to sleep after because it will actually make it harder. For relaxation and sleep support, keep the temperature warm but not hot. If you’re pregnant keep the temperature to a maximum of about 37 ˚C (100˚F) which is just above body temperature.

Best Bath Tip #3

Keep Your Head, Hands Or Feet Cool

A warm bath can be super beneficial but your body does not like being overheated. Lots of people don’t like hot baths because they get too hot, feel sluggish after or get headaches after taking a bath.

You can avoid all of this by keeping your head, feet, hands, or all three cool. These are places where your body can naturally get rid of heat efficiently and prevent an artificial fever caused by overheating in the bathtub. Either pour cool water over your head and feet while in the bath or use a cold washcloth.

Best Bath Tip #4

Give Yourself A Massage

This may sound like a lot of work while you’re trying to relax in the tub, but this could not be farther from the truth. Bath time is a great time to release built-up tension in your muscles while keeping them warm. One of the easiest ways to do this is through trigger point massage.

Simply put, trigger points are the tension knots in your muscles. They are known to be a factor in a lot of aches and pains and can cause all sorts of symptoms from stiffness to severe pain. It will always be a work in progress to keep these places feeling good because these are often places where tension builds up naturally.

Slowly massaging these trigger points can alleviate symptoms and make you feel better. My physiotherapist showed me how to use a ball and the weight of my body to massage them more effectively. Unfortunately, the weight of my body would sometimes create too much pressure for me to relax into it. I’ve found that the bathtub is a great place to do it!

Since you are lighter in the bathtub, you can easily control how much pressure to apply to certain points on the body by rising up or down in the water. Run yourself a bath and trap the ball between your body and the tub, wherever you need it, and slowly rub the knots and surrounding muscles. 

Best Bath Tip #5

Do Some Light Stretching

I’m not someone who can sit still for too long, especially when I have major muscle tension. One of my absolute favorite things to do to help my muscles and mind relax is to do some light stretching in a warm tub.

Best Bath Tip #6

Drink Water

You sweat under water and can lose quite a lot of body fluid while in the bath. If you don’t hydrate a bath can be super dehydrating, making you feel sluggish and give you a headache. When you sweat a lot though, it also means you need to drink water. I always recommend drinking water before, during and after (just like you would when working out).

Keep a bottle nearby but don’t overdo it. There is such a thing as drinking too much water and it’s dangerous!

Best Bath Tip #7

Meditate Or Breathe

A great way to release tension is to take the time to do some deep breathing exercises or meditate. One of my favorite apps to help me with this is Headspace and what is great is they allow you to try it out for free for a month.

Best Bath Tip #8

Add A Few Extra Ingredients

Bath salts are great because you can make a batch, store it and safely use within a few months. Sometimes though, it’s nice to add a few extra ingredients directly to your bath for some extra body lovin! Some of my favorite ingredients are coconut milk, honey, ground oatmeal, sliced cucumbers, and fresh rose petals.

These do not keep for long so I wouldn’t recommend mixing them in with your bath salts for storing.

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Bath Salt Ingredients

Bath Salt Ingredient #1


I’m probably going to upset a number of people who disagree with me by placing all salts in one category haha, but oh well!

 A handful of studies have found that salt water bathing is particularly effective for troublesome skin conditions, like psoriasis. I’ve found it helpful to clear up my acne-prone skin, exfoliate and reduce inflammation. It also just feels really good in the bathtub.

I use a variety of different salts when I take a salt bath, whether it is Epsom, Dead Sea Salt or just regular sea salt. As you could read earlier, there really is no reason to buy the most expensive salt for this.

Bath Salt Ingredient #2

Nourishing Oils

Choose whichever oil works best for your skin type. My personal favorites are:

  • Sweet almond oil: Helps to moisturize sensitive skin without feeling greasy.
  • Jojoba oil: has been shown to be anti-inflammatory and is great for all skin types — especially acne-prone skin since jojoba actually breaks down excess sebum.
  • (Fractionated) coconut oil: anti-microbial properties and is very moisturizing. Many women report fewer breakouts and clearer complexion. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work too well on certain parts of my skin like my upper body so experiment and see what works for you. 

Bath Salt Ingredient #3


Oatmeal may seem unconventional as a bath ingredient but it is very soothing when you’re suffering from itchy, inflamed, or irritated skin. We like adding ground oatmeal to our bath salt mix when someone has gotten anything from a rash, sunburn, bug bites to poison ivy.

Bath Salt Ingredient #4

Baking Soda

I don’t recommend mixing this into your homemade bath salt blends for the safety reasons I mentioned earlier in this article. I do however like how clean and soft it makes my skin feel and will sometimes add a tablespoon directly into the bath. 

Bath Salt Ingredient #5

Raw Honey

There are a number of reasons to use honey on your skin from moisturizing to reducing the appearance of skin blemishes.

Bath Salt Ingredient #6

Dried Flowers & Herbs

In addition to smelling amazing and having some healthful properties, it also makes bath salts feel more luxurious and beautiful. I love adding these especially when I’m giving bath salts away as a gift. Favorites are dried lavender, rose petals, chamomile flower, and eucalyptus.

Bath Salt Ingredient #7

Essential Oils

A common misconception of essential oils is that they are included for a nice smell. Although this is a wonderful part of it, they are also extremely supportive all sorts of complaints. You’ll find examples of this in the amazing recipes below.

The essential oil industry, however, is a tricky one and everyone these days seems to claim that their brand is best. So I won’t bore you with that here haha! What is important to know is what to look out for when buying essential oils. In short, this is what you need to know:

  • Not all essential oils are created equally. Look for those that are truly pure, unadulterated, and ethically and sustainably harvested in the places the plants naturally thrive.
  • It is important that a company can ensure the same chemical composition for each essential oil. This is the only way scientific research can determine whether a specific essential oil can give us a certain effect. If essential oils vary in chemical composition there is no telling what it will do. 
  • To ensure all the above is optimal, a company should rigorously test all batches and also use a third-party to ensure safety, efficacy, and quality.

For more information check out The Ultimate Guide to Buying Essential Oils: 10 Things Nobody Tells you

Infuse Your Bath Salts. Trust Me!

In short, infusing your bath salts with pure essential oils can help support you with anything from relaxation, melting away tension in the body, sleeping better, clearing your mind, soothing your skin, opening stuffy noses, and other discomforts that we deal with from a day to day basis.

The most simple yet powerful bath salts are simply some high-quality salt and your favorite essential oils combined in a few glass jars. My favorite essential oils for bath salts and just generally my life (haha) are: Lavender, Citrus, Melaleuca, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Frankincense, Clary Sage and my all time favorite Copaiba

High-quality essential oils make bathing feel extremely luxurious and are so incredibly versatile for daily life. The essential oil blends I created below also get thrown into my diffuser when I don’t want to take a bath but do want to reap the benefits.

Be mindful of the potency of 100% pure essential oils. Less is always more. Do not use hot oils like oregano, clove, and cinnamon or you’ll experience a burning sensation that will last. Always test how your skin reacts to an oil on a little bit of your skin (patch test). If even after taking precautions the sensation of a specific essential oil is too much for your skin, grab a carrier oil like olive or coconut and use that to rub it off. Water won’t help. 

Exploding Bath Salts & Safety

I’ve read so many different accounts of people who were all excited after making their homemade bath salts, stored them in an airtight glass jar and have the whole thing violently explode! Super dangerous and could not be farther from relaxing!

Luckily, bath salt explosions are completely preventable.

Baking soda is the culprit here and can react and release carbon dioxide during different circumstances, like when it is contact with an acid (like a citrus essential oil), heat or moisture. When you store your bath salts with baking soda in an airtight jar this carbon dioxide can build up inside and with nowhere else to go the jar eventually can’t do anything else but explode! Yikes!

Now whether you are using them personally or want to give a beautiful batch as a gift, we have to be able to ensure that it’s safe or else it’s no fun. So here are a couple tips.

I’ve heard of people who wanted to continue using baking soda in their homemade bath salts and have chosen to use jars that will allow for the carbon dioxide to escape the jar while keeping it cool and away from any moisture.

Personally, I have chosen to make homemade bath salts without baking soda and prevent it all together. I keep some baking soda around in its original cardboard packaging so I can add a bit directly into my bath when I want to. Yes, it is that simple!

Natural Bath Salt DIY Recipes

Making homemade bath salts is super easy. I’ve rounded up my favorite DIY bath salt recipes that use all-natural ingredients with different versions depending on your needs.

When packaged in a beautiful jar, label and ribbon also make for the perfect gift! 

Measure the right amounts for the following ingredients, mix in a bowl, store in a pretty glass airtight jar and you’re done! If you’d like to use dried herbs or flowers, lower the amount of salt and add. Use a quarter of the finished product per bath.

Natural Bath Salt DIY#1

Skin Soother

Whether you’ve been out in the sun a little too long, have a rash or any other skin irritations this recipe is incredibly soothing.


Natural Bath Salt DIY#2

Sleepy Time

When we think of sleepy smells, most of us will think of lavender and for good reason! It is very relaxing and soothing and helps with falling asleep.

  • 450 grams of your favorite salt (like Epsom salt)
  • 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil (or any other favorite)
  • 30 drops of lavender essential oils.

Need something stronger?  Add lavender, vetiver, and copaiba essential oil to your bath (or rub underneath your feet before bed) and sleep like a baby!

Natural Bath Salt DIY#3

Happy Muscles

A wonderful way to relieve muscle cramping and soreness is a warm bath. I love adding a few essential oils to enhance relaxation and ease discomfort.

  • 450 grams of your favorite salt (like Epsom salt)
  • 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil (or any other favorite)
  • 30 drops of lavender essential oils

I will do trigger point massage with a ball in the bathtub (like I mentioned earlier) and always topically apply this deep blue blend directly onto my muscles and joints after a bath to help with recovery and discomfort.

Natural Bath Salt DIY#4

Seasonal Support

When the season changes and you’re constantly stuffy, teary and feel like crap, use this recipe to feel more human again.


Natural Bath Salt DIY#5

Ease Stress & Anxiety

This recipe is unbelievably yummy, relaxing, uplifting and can support you when you’re feeling stressed out or anxious.


When using citrus essential oils, be super mindful to stay out of direct sunlight. 100% pure citrus essential oils react to the sun and can cause your skin to react.

Natural Bath Salt DIY#6

Happy Days

Citrus oils are amazing at uplifting when you’re feeling blue or someone in the house is a cranky pants. Use it in combination with peppermint if you want to feel energized and alert.


Natural Bath Salt DIY#7

Clear The Mind & Refocus

I love this combination when I’m in a slump, have brain fog going on and really need to regain focus.


Natural Bath Salt DIY#8

Breathe Easy

An essential oil infused bath can work wonders when you are feeling under the weather. This bath will help clear congestion, ease achiness in the body and breath easier.


Natural Bath Salt DIY#9

Clear Skin

My skin is super acne-prone and it doesn’t matter whether a bath product is labeled as natural or acne fighting, my skin flares up faster than you can say pimple. I have found that a combination of different tactics help my skin stay as clear as possible and one of those things is to keep my skin clean and nourished with oils that don’t provoke.


Natural Bath Salt DIY#10

Achy Heads 

I can’t tell you how amazing this combination is when you’re dealing with head tension. Breathe in the aromas and let the discomfort melt away.


Natural Bath Salt DIY#11

Women’s Monthly 

Whether you have PSM or mid-period this lavender recipe is amazing when you have headaches, feel a bit down in the dumps and even eases cramps. Combine with your favorite tunes, audiobook, and favorite drink to create your own moment of self-care and regain balance.


I use these oils on the regular to help ease any female related discomfort, especially during my time of the month. You can also diffuse these oils or apply them topically to your abdomen. It’s wonderful…

Will You Try Infused Bath Salts? Do You Have a Favorite Recipe?

Do share! I am always learning and would love to hear from you. So if you have any great tips or products to share, do let me know in the comments below!

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