Homemade Herbal Bath Salts Recipe and the Top 5 Reasons For a Hot Bath

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Who doesn’t love a warm, relaxing bath? In the chaotic world we live in, many times, we forget to stop and take care of ourselves. We’re always taking care of other people – our family, our friends, our coworkers – but shouldn’t we take care of the most important person of all … ourselves?

YES! We should.

Even taking a few minutes out of your day to just focus on you and your own needs can make a dramatic improvement in your quality of life. At a very minimum, we should spend 30 minutes per day just focused on ourselves, doing something that makes us happy or just spending some time sitting quietly and thinking. Sometimes, even 30 minutes seems impossible for me, but these bath salts make it a little easier to step away from work and take a warm, relaxing bath. They are so easy to make and can be customized to fit a wide range of preferences. I love using a combination of dried herbs and essential oils, but you could use one or the other. Or, if you don’t have any essential oils or dried herbs, tea bags will work well too! I am not ashamed to admit that I have thrown a few peppermint tea bags into my bath on occasion. 🙂

Top 5 Reasons For a Hot Bath

Here are the top 5 reasons you need to step away from the computer right now and run yourself a hot bath:

5. It’s cheaper than going to a spa. Face it, we’d all love to get the royal spa treatment from time to time, but who can afford that? For a fraction of the cost, you can make some herbal bath salts, turn on some soft music, and light a candle. It will be almost as good as a day at the spa.

4. Your skin will be re-hydrated and rejuvenated. The hot water helps your pores open up and sweat out toxins. This gentle detoxifying bath will leave your skin will feel smoother and firmer. Be sure to drench your skin in coconut oil, or my favorite lavender hair and body oil from L.c. of Acirema.

3. Your muscles will thank you. Have tired, achy muscles? Been swinging those kettlebells, working in the garden, or taking on your workout of the day (WOD)? If so, a hot bath is one of the best things you can do. The warm water will help loosen your tight muscles and soothe away aches and pains. Try doing some gentle stretching right after the bath to help keep those muscles limber.

2. You’ll be calm, relaxed, and sleep better. Warming up the body is a way to relax your muscles and your mind. Hot baths have long been used as a remedy for insomnia and other sleep disorders. In addition, the whole process of an herbal salt bath is quite relaxing

1. You’ll be happier. You just took time to pamper yourself, so your outlook on life may be quite a bit more cheerful than before. Let go of all the worries and stress and savor the moment. You’re so busy taking care of everyone else, it’s time to take care of YOU!

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Where Do I Get the Goods?

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The nice thing about this DIY recipe is that you probably have everything you need, save maybe some of the herbs, in your kitchen or bathroom. The main ingredients (Epsom salts, baking soda, and sea salt) are cheap and widely available at both health food stores and grocery stores. Most health food stores will carry dried herbs, but the best bet is to go online or look around locally for an herb shop that sells herbs to the public.

Mountain Rose Herbs (a trusted affiliate partner) is where I get all of my herbs and spices. Because of their exceptional products and customer service, I am happy to support them as one of my affiliate partners. I have tried many brands of herbs over the years and keep coming back to Mountain Rose.

Amazon, of course, has everything you need for this recipe. Their prices are often very good, though I love to shop around and sometimes find that Vitacost and Thrive Market have better deals. If you like saving money, it’s good to shop around! 🙂

My affiliate partner, Vitacost, has really good prices on some of the ingredients in this recipe. If you sign up through this link, you’ll get a coupon for $10 off your first purchase from Vitacost, and when your order ships, I’ll get a $10 off coupon for referring you. The cool thing about this program is that you can then refer your family and friends through your own link and YOU can get the $10 coupons too! 🙂

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A Note on Epsom Salts

Epsom salts have long been used as a relaxing, detox bath and many people have been told that they are a good way to get magnesium transdermally. This is actually not true, because the form of magnesium in Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is quickly excreted through the kidneys and is very hard for the body to assimilate.

If you want to boost your magnesium transdermally, you will want to make sure you use magnesium chloride, which is the form of magnesium used to make magnesium oil. I wrote a detailed post about the importance of magnesium and how to make your own magnesium oil here. I

If you want, you are more than welcome to add magnesium chloride flakes into your bath salts, but keep in mind that magnesium chloride flakes will cost a bit more than Epsom salts. They (mag chloride) are, however, MUCH more beneficial to helping raise magnesium levels than Epsom salts (which are excreted from the body rapidly).

When you’re ready to bathe, you have a couple options. You can either put the bath salts directly into the tub and then just use a screen over the drain to catch the herbs. Or, you can use a little muslin bag and fill it with the salts and toss it into your bath water. Then, you just empty out the used herbs when your done and no mess! I use about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of salts per bath, depending on how much water I am running.

You could use magnesium chloride flakes instead of (or 1/2 and 1/2 with) the Epsom salts. The price will be higher on the mag chloride flakes, but you would get the transdermal benefit, which would be nice for those working on boosting their mag levels.

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Since I am a fanatic about keeping my skin and body care non-toxic, I get a lot of questions about what my routine is and what products I use. I created this video to discuss all of that and more. The video below that features a lot of the hair care products that I use, including henna and my favorite clean shampoo.

Have you made your own bath salts before? What is your favorite scent combination?

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Jessica is a real food wellness educator and the founder of the Delicious Obsessions website. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. She began helping her mother cook and bake around the age of three and she's been in the kitchen ever since, including working in a restaurant in her hometown for almost a decade, where she worked every position before finally becoming the lead chef. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.



  1. Where do you find vanilla oil at?


    robbie @ GOING GREEN MAMA
    Posted 11/11/13

    • Hi Robbie – I found mine at my local health food store. I have also seen it at Whole Foods. You can definitely find it online!


      Posted 11/14/13

  2. I never realized bath salts would be so easy to make. What a fantastic idea and a great gift for teachers this holiday season!


    Posted 11/20/13

    • Hi Rhonda – Fun huh? You could make all sorts of flavors for friends and family! Enjoy! 🙂


      Posted 11/20/13

      • For the men in our lives who take a bath sometimes, you can add the essential oils that come in fragrances like Polo, Calvin Klein, etc. I think that’s a great gift idea for any time of year.


        Posted 12/07/13

        • For men, I would recommend using masculine scented essential oils, like cedarwood, sandalwood, patcouli, etc. I would not recommend commercial fragrances or colognes, as those are loaded with chemicals and toxins and many people are sensitive to the scents as well. Hope that helps!


          Posted 12/11/13

  3. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to these ingredients for an absolutely divine bathing experience!


    Posted 12/27/13

  4. I LOVE hot baths! The problem is, I have a hard time getting out, I enjoy it so much 🙂 One ingredient to consider adding is Vitamin C powder. I understand that it neutralizes the chlorine in the water. I use 1/2 to 1 t. depending on which tub (standard or garden tub). I always add it to my children’s bath as well and sometimes, I toss in some bath salts with lavender right before bedtime.

    Just curious what baking soda does? I’ve used just Epsom and sea salts before.


    Posted 01/18/14

    • Great tip! I had not heard that before. I am looking into getting a chlorine filter for our shower and tub. Just haven’t gotten around to it. Baking soda is a detoxifyer, helps sooth the skin, and helps neutralize acid on the body. One of the old remedies for chicken pox was baking soda baths because of the soda’s ability to help soothe rashes and irritation. Enjoy!


      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 01/21/14

  5. Hi Jessica – are the quantities listed above for ONE bath or do you use a smaller amount from the entire recipe ?


    Posted 11/23/15

    • Hi Forest! GREAT question! I cannot believe I didn’t add that to the recipes! I have added it now. Thanks for catching that! You will want to add 1 cup of the mixture to your bath. You can add more or less depending on your preferences. If you’re using dried herbs in your blends, try putting the mixture in a muslin bag to keep the herbs from floating around in your water. Hope that helps! 🙂


      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 11/24/15

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