What are Herbal Bath Salts?
Let’s set up the scene a little bit. You come home after a long day at work, the first activity you want to engage in is some sort of relaxation. Time to clear the negative energy from the day to unwind, so you think about a bath but you want it to make it a little more magical. That’s where the herbal bath salts come into play. All you have to do is pour the mixture into your bath, let it absorb into the water, and feel the relaxation and blessing wash over you. Packed with essential oils, healing salts, herbal remedies, these herbal bath salts will turn an average bath into a magical, energy cleansing experience.
These herbal bath salts also make the perfect gift for your loved ones! I make sure, even when making the herbal bath salts for myself, that I label the container with an affirmation or intention to bring a little magic into the experience. This is meant to fill up the soul of the receiver. Think of a daily angel card reading, but with herbal bath salts. When you go into your bath you receive the exact message that you need that at the moment to nourish and reset yourself for the day!
Time to make magic!
If you’ve ever purchased bath salts in the past, you might wonder how they are made and what they contain. However, making bath salts sounds way more complicated than it needs to be. We will walk through each step along the way. Honestly, if you can measure a few herbs and salts, you can make your own herbal bath salts simply using this recipe.
Let’s Get Salty
If you haven’t guessed, the base of the bath salts is salt itself. For this DIY elixir, we are keeping it simple and using Epsom salt. You can find Epsom salt online at Mountain Rose Herbs. They have a well-sourced Epsom salt that I find perfect for this recipe.
Magic of Herbal Alchemy
This is where you can get creative. The salt provides a healing measure for your joints, aches, and pains. Now it’s time for the magic of herbs and essential oils.
First, for this recipe, we used dried roses which are good for healing the heart, finding the joy in every day and resetting from the stored energy you may have received. While accepting joy into your life with the roses, I added a little bit of dried lavender to the mix. Lavender is good for calming the nervous system, relaxing and ridding your self of anxiety.
While soaking, we might as well take care of the most important organ in our body, the skin. That’s where the Calendula comes in. Calendula helps with eczema, dry skin and it’s known for its antiseptic properties. So while you relax and breath in the soothing properties of Lavender and Rose, your skin gets healed with the Calendula.
Finally, I added a little bit of Tulsi Basil. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and helps the body rid of stress. With all of the stress relievers in these herbal bath salts, you can start to see how this adds a little more magic to your bath time routine.
Essential Oils are Essential for the Herbal Bath Salts
The herbs in each herbal bath salt provide a natural and beautiful way to add some healing properties to the mix. The essential oils kick it up a notch by giving you a little more magical properties.
I used 3 different essential oils in this mixture; Cardamom, Lavender and Rosemary. Let’s start with Cardamom. The benefits go way beyond the wonderful smell it provides. Cardamom has anti-bacterial, anti-infection, anti-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory properties. In essential oil form, you will get all of these benefits in a very small amount!
The lavender simply enhances the herbal properties of the lavender in herbal form. The essential oil is much more powerful so you get all of the healing properties amplified with the essential oil.
Last but not least, I added a few drops of Rosemary essential oil. The Rosemary essential oil adds some immune-boosting and detoxifying magic to the mix. If you are feeling a little under the weather, I’d recommend using an herbal bath salt to feel a little bit better. Not only do you feel less stress which helps the immune system, but the Rosemary also adds some herbal properties which kick it up a notch!
Mix it All Together
Now that you have your herbs in order, it’s time to actually make this simple herbal bath recipe.. Like I mentioned before, it sounds a lot more complicated than you may think. Literally all you do is mix the Epsom salt, herbs, and essential oils together very well in a super large bowl. Next, you choose your packaging, whether it’s glass tubes, mason jars, or anything sustainably sourced and re-usable. Pour the mixture in the containers and voila! You have herbal bath salts for a long time!
I added affirmations and positive words to each package just to remind me of the joy and what I should be focusing on while soaking.
How package the bath salts?
A little more on the packaging. I prefer packaging with the most minimal of waste. I used these glass tubes for an extra aesthetically pleasing gift. They are plastic-free and 100% reusable for other projects (or more bath salts)! You can also use mason jars if you are feeling up to it!
What are the benefits?
I briefly went over all of the benefits of each individual herb and ingredient above, but the whole mixture is a little more powerful. The benefits of soaking in Epsom salts, flowers, & essential oils are endless! Not only do they nourish your body from head to toe, but they are used to help ease muscle pain & tension, cleanse your energy from a long week and help you sleep longer.
Bath salts are known to help balance your hormones by replenishing your body’s magnesium, soothe cramps, and lower inflammation. Most of all they are super relaxing! Breathing in the aromatherapy of all the oils helps to calm your whole system. Most of all, enjoy the whole experience!
How To Use These Simple Herbal Bath Salts
So these are amazing and relaxing, but how do you use them? Once all the ingredients are mixed together, I take about 1 cup of the mixture and dump it into the bathtub while it is filling with warm water. The salt will dissolve and the room will fill with a magical aroma. All you have to do next is slide into the tub and experience the bliss and magic!
With DIY projects the possibilities are endless! You can use this recipe as is or try adding a few of your favorite herbs. What combinations of herbs do you enjoy? Let me know in the comment section below and happy soaking!
- Pour all of the ingredients into a glass bowl, and mix well. Spoon the contents into your container of choice.