Bath salts are a fabulous gift idea and making them yourself couldn't be easier. It just takes a few simple ingredients and some pretty jars - you'll have easy handmade gifts in no time!
The benefits of bath salts
While a bubbly bath tub can be lots of fun, bath salts are more than just a simple bath time addition. There are many benefits to using bath salts in your bath water. I prefer Epsom salts in my bath water. Here are just a few reasons why:
- stress relief
- natural exfoliation
- relieves muscle tension
- relief for dry, itchy skin conditions
Bath salts are a great base for other healthy ingredients like essential oils. If you just add essential oils to your bath water, they'll just float on the top and probably irritate your skin. But when they are mixed into salt, the oil will distribute throughout the water, giving your bathing ritual even more healthy benefits.
How to make your own bath salts
Making your own bath salts is a simple project with just a few ingredients. All you need (these are affiliate links):
The 'recipe' is quite simple, and doesn't have to be very exact. I use about 15 drops of essential oil for every cup of bath salts.
Start by putting 2 cups of bath salts into a glass mixing bowl. Measure out 30 drops of essential oils (lavender is a great oil for bath time). Give it a good stir to make sure the oil is evenly distributed throughout. Then pour the mixture into a glass jar. Store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.
To use: add 1/4 cup (or 1/2 cup for very large bathtubs) bath salts to your bath water. Enjoy a nice, relaxing soak.
If you prefer to make your own bath salt blend with a few essential oils, consider some of the following oils:
- Roman chamomile
- Ylang Ylang
Do you use bath salts?
I love making small batches of bath salts with my empty essential oil bottles - it's a great way to get every last drop of oil. Simply place your empty essential oil bottles in a small bowl of Epsom salt (about 1/2 cup of salt), pushing them down into the salt. Leave them overnight and in the morning remove the jar and stir the salts. You've got a few empty bottles for other projects and a nice, soothing bath in your future!