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    Making Baths Better

    August 11, 2017 2 min read

    I tend to get over-enthusiastic about pet projects, but this one is worth getting excited about - fun to do, super frugal, easy, and with a long-lasting payoff in heavenly smells, soft skin and soothed muscles, perfect for winter. I love a long hot bath, but I don't want my skin to dry out more than it has to. Bath salts ease your muscles, treat your skin and make the bathroom smell heavenly.

    homemade essential oil epsom salts

    Here's the recipe:

    Buy ordinary old Epsom's salts at the drug store, salt and olive oil, and good quality essential oils somewhere reputable. I go for the easily obtainable ones, eucalyptus, tea tree, cedarwood, rose geranium, lavender. Avoid rose: the real absolut is astronomically expensive, and cheaper versions are so diluted they have no staying power.  Sniff your way through all the offerings and remember that very sharp, pungent oils can add depth to lighter, sweeter florals, just a drop or two.

    Ingredients for DIY Homemade bath salts

    I like to play with the salts too. I'm lucky enough to be near a bulk botanical shop which sells black, grey and pink salt; black looks more edgy, pink more feminine.

    The Recipe!

    3 cups of Epsom's salts

    1/4 cup salt

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    5 drops of essential oil (remember you can mix them)

    Mix all ingredients together and put it in a jar. What could be more simple? No nasty preservatives either.

    Epsom Salts and essential oils for home made bath soak

    This is perfect for children to make as presents, and they will love doing it. Just watch that they don't get carried away with half a bottle of peppermint, easy does it.

    pretty glass jars of scented epsom salts

    Did you know that a few drops of peppermint oil massaged into your scalp will make you more intelligent? Works for me!

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    4 Responses

    Tricia Rose
    Tricia Rose

    January 17, 2018

    Any drugstore has bulk Epsom’s salts Jane, CVS, RiteAid, Bed Bath & Beyond. I get my coloured salts from sfherb.com, 250 14th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103, an Aladdin’s cave!

    Jane M Ujhazi
    Jane M Ujhazi

    January 11, 2018

    We’ll be in Marin the end of the month – can you please share your source for salts? Thanks!


    September 18, 2017

    What a grand recipe! I am always looking for new ways to use essential oils and the idea of making one’s own bath salts is fantastic. Natural, no preservatives and very restorative. Looking forward to making and using them… Thank you!

    Julie Altschafl
    Julie Altschafl

    August 11, 2017

    Seriously?? Two of favorite things in one post Linen and essential oils???? Love this….just purchased a huge bag of Epson salts….always have olive oil around, and have two shipments of essential oils to unwrap sitting next to me! Love this recipe! Have not seen one with olive oil! Will definitely try! Thank you!

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