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How to Make Aromatherapy Bath Salts

Two containers of Aromatherapy Bath Salts

Aromatherapy bath salts are a pleasant way to relax and nourish your skin with essential oils.

Relaxing Aromatherapy Bath Salts

Make four baths.

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) Himalayan salts
  • 10 drops elemi essential oil
  • 6 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil
  1. Place the salts in a wide-mouth 4-ounce (120-ml) jar.
  2. Drop the essential oils into the salt as you stir gently.
  3. Use about 2 tablespoons in each bath.
  4. Optional: For sore muscles, add a half-cup Epsom salt to the bath water.

Source: Aromahead

More Bath Salts With Essential Oils

In the following aromatherapy bath salts you can use a single essential oil or a blend. Here are some suggested essential oil blends:

  • To soften skin: 6 drops geranium, 6 drops frankincense, 3 drops myrrh
  • To soothe anxiety: 10 drops lavender, 6 drops ylang ylang, 4 drops bergamot
  • To relieve arthritis stiffness: 8 drops juniper, 8 drops lavender, 4 drops cypress, 3 drops rosemary

Here's the simplest essential oil bath salt recipe 

  • 1 cup Epsom salt or sea salt
  • 5 to 10 drops essential oil 
  • Dark jar or container with lid
  1. Place salt and essential oil into the jar. 
  2. Put on the lid, and shake vigorously until essential oil is evenly dispersed. 
  3. Use 1/4 to 1/3 cup for each bath. 

Aromatherapy Bath Salts Recipe

Good essential oil choices include lavender, clary sage, ylang ylang, and Roman chamomile. Avoid "hot" and potentially skin-irritating oils, such as oregano.

  • 50 drops (1/2 teaspoon) essential oil of choice
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1 cup borax
  1. Blend all ingredients in a glass container that has a lid. 
  2. Use one-fourth to one-half cup of salts for each bath.

Source: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

Aromatherapy Bubble Bath Salts

  • 1/2 cup liquid soap
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  • 30 to 60 drops essential oil(s) of your choice
  • 6 cups rock salt or kosher salt
  1. Stir the soap, oil, and essential oil together.
  2. Pour the mixture over the salt and stir to evenly coat the salt crystals.
  3. Cover a cookie sheet with waxed paper.
  4. Place the salt on the sheet in a thin layer.
  5. Let the salt dry until all the moisture has evaporated (drying can take up to a day).
  6. Store the salts in a covered jar.
  7. To use, pour 1/4 cup of the salts under running water while drawing a bath.

Source: EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs

Also see DIY Bath Bombs and other Bath Blends.

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