What could be more soothing than a hot bath with lavender essential oil? Or peppermint oil to get your morning going?
But because oils and water don’t mix, adding undiluted essential oils to your bath could potentially burn your skin. It happened to a friend of mine.
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Diluting the essential oil with a carrier oil first (ie. olive oil) can help, and will moisturize your skin. But mixing the essential oils with a salt is your best bet, causing the oils to disperse in your bath.
Basic Bath Salt Recipe
Making your own bath salt couldn’t be simpler. Here are the basics:
2 cups sea salt or epsom salts, or any combination of the two.
15 – 30 drops of essential oil – see below for recommendations.
1 T. carrier oil (jojoba, coconut, olive, or other) This is optional, but if your skin needs moisturizing, it is recommended.
Combine the salts, essential oils and carrier oil. Use 1/4 – 1/2 cup in your bath. Relax and enjoy!
Essential Oil Recommendations
For a relaxing bath, add 20 drops lavender essential oil.
For an energizing bath, add 10 drops of spearmint and 5 drops of rosemary essential oils.
To elevate your mood, try adding a combination of 30 drops total of sweet orange, grapefruit and tangerine essential oils. Note that citrus oils are phototoxic and should not be used before sun exposure.
To soothe achy muscles, or open up your sinus passages, try 20 drops of eucalyptus oil.
Other essential oils to consider in your bath salts include frankincense, clary sage, rose, geranium, or juniper. Be creative and mix and match!
Sources for Quality Salts and Essential Oils
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Recipes for Bath Salts and Scrubs From Other Bloggers
Calendula Sugar Scrub from Homespun Seasonal Living
Citrus Rose Bath Salts from Real Food Outlaws
Epsom Salt to the Rescue from Smithspirations
Lavender Salt Foot Scrub from Jaro Honey
Minty Mint Bath from Mama Rosemary
What are your favorite essential oils for adding to bath salts?