Homemade Bath Salts Recipe with Essential Oils

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A day at the spa is quite a treat, but squeezing in an epsom salt bath with the pleasant aroma of essential oils is more realistic amidst the chaos of raising a toddler and teenager.  I love a good epsom salt bath, but rarely steal a moment to take one because of the diapers and drama in our home.

I’m excited to be giving the gift of relaxation to my friends and loved ones this year by making them bath salts and sugar scrubs.

My bath salts are more than just relaxing. Epsom salt is a good source of magnesium.  According to Dr. Mercola, 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium!

7 Benefits of Magnesium

  • Helps increase energy
  • Calms nerves
  • Helps you fall asleep
  • Aids in digestion
  • Relieves muscles aches & spasms
  • Regulates potassium & calcium
  • Good for heart health


Homemade Essential Oil Bath Salts Recipe

1 Tbsp sea salt or kosher salt
20-40 drops essential oils*
1 Tbsp Himalayan salt
3/8 cup baking soda
1.5 cups Epsom salt
16oz Wide Mouth Mason Jar

Essential Oil Combinations I Used
Lavender and Eucalyptus
Respiratory Blend
Calming Blend and Vetiver
Grounding Blend, Calming Blend and Bergamot

*Essential oil quality is crucial, even when you aren’t using internally because you absorb the oil and any contaminants through your skin. Email me at oils@halfwayholistic.com to learn more about quality and the brand I trust.

Where to buy: I got most of my ingredients at Costco. The jars were cheapest at Target. You can find a lot of things on Amazon too.

Instructions: Mix essential oils into sea or kosher salt first. Add in each ingredient and mix each time. Use a couple tablespoons in a hot bath. The key with making bath salts with essential oils is to mix the essential oils into the tablespoon of salt first so it spreads out evenly in the mixture. 

Decorations: I like putting them in the wide mouth jars because I think they look better, but any glass or stainless steel container will do the trick. You can use scrapbook paper to make a decorative top. Just trace the lid. I also bought tags and stamps on Amazon along with twine. If you really want to make it a great gift. Use the DIY Aromatherapy Salt Dough Ornaments as a tag (recipe coming next week).

When you’re making these for friends, don’t forget to make one for yourself!

Shana Bresnahan
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