Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is a great way to unlock a myriad of health benefits, while also providing yourself with a relaxing get away from the grind of your everyday life.
These days, there are tons of different brands producing bath salts that claim to be therapeutic and full of health benefits. But, this isn’t always the case. Fortunately, you can make your own DIY Epsom salt baths at home with just a few ingredients.
Read on, and we’ll cover everything you need to know about Epsom salt, and how you can make your own effective DIY Epsom salt baths at home.
What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt isn’t actually salt at all; it’s hydrated magnesium sulfate. Magnesium and sulfate are both required minerals that help to facilitate more than 300 different processes inside our bodies.
But, most people don’t get enough of either of these two minerals. Magnesium and sulfate also have a hard time absorbing through the stomach in the same way other vitamins and minerals do. Thankfully, these minerals can absorb through our skin quite easily, which is what makes an Epsom salt bath so effective.
Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths
The benefits of soaking in Epsom salt are many. Here’s an idea of some of the helpful things that soaking in an Epsom salt bath can do:
- Reduce inflammation and pain
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Ease fatigue
- Eliminate toxins
- Headache relief
- Improve blood sugar levels
- Increase magnesium levels
- Relief from skin conditions and irritation
- Improve overall health of cancer patients
Fun and Effective DIY Epsom Salt Baths
Now that we have a better idea of the benefits of this powerful mineral let’s discuss how to make your own.
What You’ll Need
To make your own Epsom salt baths at home, you’ll need three basic ingredients. You may want to experiment with adding different ingredients to your baths as you get more familiar with the process. For now, you’ll need these three ingredients:
Epsom salt is the most important ingredient, and it’s the basis for the therapeutic benefits of an Epsom salt bath.
Baking Soda acts as an emulsifier to bring all the different ingredients together. Baking soda also helps soothe skin irritation and itching, which makes it especially useful for those dealing with a chronic skin condition, bug bites, or a rash.
Essential oils for holistic therapy are one of the most popular and useful things to add to your Epsom salt bath. There are essential oils for seasonal allergies, essential oils for headache relief, and tons more for virtually every ailment.
Perhaps you’re looking to reduce stress and anxiety, top essential oils for anxiety include lavender, chamomile and Damask rose. Or, you may be looking for an essential oil to reduce the pain and inflammation of a rash, or if you’re dealing with a cough, tea tree oil may be helpful. One of the top tea tree oil uses is as a supplement to bath salts.
Soothing Lavender Bath Salts
This tried, and true recipe is easy to make and ready to use in just a few short moments. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- ½ cup baking soda
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 large jar (a mason jar works great)
Combine the Epsom salt, baking soda and essential oil in your jar. Screw the lid back on the jar and shake vigorously to combine the ingredients. If you prefer, you could stir the ingredients to incorporate them together as well.
Add a ½ cup of your homemade Epsom salts to your bath water and enjoy a good soak for about 15-20 minutes.
Healing Eucalyptus Tea Tree Bath Salts
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- 2 tsp. Coconut oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 5 drops eucalyptus oil
- 10 drops Damask rose oil (or scented oil of your choice)
- 1 large jar
Combine all your ingredients in a jar, and stir or shake vigorously to combine the ingredients. The tea tree and eucalyptus oil in this recipe help to provide soothing relief, but they also impart your bath salts with a menthol scent that may be off-putting for some people. So, I like to add Damask rose oil to provide a more pleasing scent. You can use whichever scent essential oil you prefer.
When you’re ready to use your bath salts, add about a ½ cup to the bath water and enjoy.
Stress Relieving Moisturizing Epsom Salt Bath
This particular recipe is helpful for relieving stress and anxiety while you enjoy a relaxing bath. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- ½ cup powdered milk
- ½ tsp vitamin E oil
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 drops lemon essential oil
- 1 large jar
Combine all of your ingredients in your jar, and shake or stir them together until they’re well incorporated. When you’re ready for your bath, add about ½ cup of your stress relieving salts to the bath water and enjoy.
Tips For Maximizing Your Bath
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is a great way to find relaxation and relief all by itself. But, you may be able to increase the enjoyment and effectiveness of your bath with some of these tips.
Many people like to perform a simple meditation exercise such as breathing meditation while they soak. Others like to engage in a therapeutic massage or different types of yoga before their bath. While your soaking may also be a great time to practice your steps to mindfulness while you relax.
Wrapping It Up
An Epsom salt bath provides many different therapeutic benefits that can help you find relief from pain, inflammation, skin irritation and skin conditions, stress, headaches and much more. The recipes above make a great jumping off point for your own DIY Epsom salts. Feel free to add your own unique twist on the recipes above to make your own unique creations!