Does the stress of the holidays already have you looking for ways to relax and unwind? My DIY Soothing Epsom Bath Salts make the perfect gift for anyone on your Christmas list and are just what you need to keep calm and carry on!
First off, take a deep breath and remember that simple is better and that you don’t have to have a Pinterest perfect holiday gathering at your house. Keep it simple and be hospitable! Make people feel comfortable and fill their bellies with good food. That’s my strategy and (I think!) it has been successful so far! It didn’t take my family long to discover that the only dining in our home at this stage in our lives is family style. Nice table settings, cloth napkins, fancy china- it’s just not happening with four young kids running around the house. We’ll save the fancy dinners for when everyone is in their teens…. because we all know teenagers will just love fine dining with the parents! 😉
Speaking of teens, if you have them in your home now, I’m sure you need some of these relaxing bath salts too! This recipe is incredibly easy and only requires a few simple ingredients:
First off, don’t buy the fancy bath salt or the Dr Teals scented stuff. Just buy the cheapest bag of Epsom soaking salts you can find. Did you know that Epsom salt isn’t actually salt but is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate? Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Epsom salt baths are also a fantastic way to detox. After 15-20 minutes you will literally begin to sweat out the toxins. Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after a bath because you can easily become dehydrated.
Baking soda is another basic ingredient that I know you have in your home! I use it in baking, cleaning, and in my baths! It can help soften the skin and also helps clean out your bathtub at the same time! To learn more uses for baking soda click here. A box of baking soda at the grocery store costs less than $1. A big Costco sized bag lasts me a long time and can be used for all of my baking, cleaning, and bathing needs!
There are many different oils that can be used for a bath. Lavender is definitely one of my favorite oils because it is relaxing, calming, and great for the skin. When using essential oils I recommend purchasing a high quality oil that it is 100% pure and without any additives. I don’t recommend purchasing oils on Amazon or ebay, or purchasing health food oils. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for my brand recommendation. In addition to using a high quality essential oil, be sure to choose an essential oil that is appropriate for bathing, because some are not suitable to add to the bath! I always advise adding the essential oil to Epsom salt and not directly into the water. Water and oils don’t mix and the essential oil will sit on the top of the water and could cause a burn if the water is very hot. So be sure to combine the oils with your other ingredients and then sprinkle the salt mixture into the tub.
That’s it! Those are my three “go-to” ingredients for my homemade bath salts. This recipe is super simple, but will give you all of the benefits that each ingredient offers. Create a luxurious and relaxing bathing experience in your own home! Put on some soft music, light a few candles, and you’ve got a spa at home for less than $1!
DIY Soothing Epsom Bath Salts
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake. Add 1/4 cup of salts to your bath and enjoy!
What are your favorite Epsom salt bath recipes?