A good soak in a hot bath at the end of the day relaxes the body — and with the addition of aromatics and Epsom salts, soothes the senses. You can buy a variety of bath salts, but they are easy to make at home. Even better, you can customize your homemade versions with your favorite essential oils.
Follow these tips to make a batch for your next bath, or package it in a jar with a festive bow to give as a gift this holiday season.
- 1 quart-size canning jar (or four 8 oz. jars for gift-giving)
- 2½ cups Epsom salts, extra fine
- 1/4 cup pink or white sea salt, medium grain (optional)
- 1/4 cup pink or white sea salt, coarse grain (optional)
Add-ins for Relaxation:
- 1–2 ml (about 20–40 drops) essential oil, such as lavender or rose
- 3 tbs. dried lavender
- 3 tbs. cornflower or rose petals or other dried flowers
Add-ins for Energizing:
- 1–2 ml (about 20–40 drops) essential oil, such as grapefruit, orange, lemon, or peppermint
- Dried zest from one orange, grapefruit, or lemon
- 2 tbs. dried herbs, such as rosemary or mint
Mix salts together in a large bowl. Add oil, dried flowers or zest, and herbs, if using, and stir well. Store in glass jars. Your salts will keep indefinitely, but fragrances will begin to fade after six months. To use, place in a sachet to retain dried flowers and prevent clogged pipes.
This originally appeared as “How to Make Your Own Bath Salts” in the December 2020 print issue of Experience Life.