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Bath Salts: A Relaxing Bath Salts Recipe

Bath Salts Recipe: Epsom & Dead Sea Salts with Frankincense & Lavender

Bath salts soothe the mind and body and are an excellent way to pamper yourself. It’s no wonder so many of us dish out the big bucks for these luxuries when it’s time to give gifts. You can learn how to make bath salts with this Relaxing Bath Salts Recipe.

Bath salts come in many different forms, each one promising a different set of health benefits. Personally, I prefer a mix of epsom salt baths with dead sea salts and essential oils. (It’s a little like having all my bases covered.)

Magnesium-rich epsom salts are not only soothing and detoxing, but also an excellent way to combat the rampant magnesium-deficiency that plagues our modern culture thanks to depleted soil and over-sterilized environments. Dead sea salts have been proven to help relieve pain from arthritis and tendinitis, and essential oils like Frankincense and Lavender help calm the mind and re-invigorate the skin.

Bath Salts Offer Soothing Relief

For over 2,000 years, the Dead Sea has been renowned for its therapeutic effects on bathers. Recently, studies have been done on the health benefits bathing in Dead Sea salts:

One such study was conducted by Dr. I. Machtey on 103 patients suffering from osteoarthritis and tendinitis…. Improvement was found after as little as one week of treatment for those treated with 7.5% or 2% salt baths. By the study’s end, 80% of the patients reported less pain; 70% experienced improved mobility and 60% were able to decrease their use of analgesics.
(source)

Combine the healing power of mineral-rich Dead Sea salts with the soothing & detoxing power of Epsom salts, and what do you get?

A bath salts powerhouse designed to ease aches and pains, improve sleep, and regulate hormones.

Add in the calming effects of lavender and the skin toning prowess of Frankincense, and you get a bath salts recipe fit for a queen.

(Plus it also helps that learning how to make bath salts can save you a lot of money when compared to buying them pre-made!)

Relaxing Bath Salts Recipe

(makes about 1 cup)

I got most of my ingredients from one of my sponsors, VitaCost. They’ve quickly become one of my favorite places to shop online because they offer many of my most trusted brands, but at discount prices.

Bath Salts Recipe: The Players

Bath Salts Recipe: The How-To

In a bowl, mix all ingredients together. Add the full one cup batch of bath salts to a warm bath. It’s that simple!

If you want more bath salts for later, you can easily double or triple or quadruple the recipe. Just store in a lidded glass jar and measure out a cup at a time.

For a foot soak, dissolve 1/2 cup of the bath salts in a shallow bowl of warm water and soak your feet until the water cools.

And finally, to really reap the health benefits of the mineral-rich bath, do not bathe with soap immediately after. You’ll just be washing off these important nutrients before they’ve been fully absorbed by your skin. Instead, just soak for 15-20 minutes, rinse with water, and get out of the tub. Save the soapy bath for a different night.

And most importantly … ENJOY!

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8 Responses to Bath Salts: A Relaxing Bath Salts Recipe
  1. Monica Cooper via Facebook
    March 7, 2014 | 1:49 pm

    I recently heard that Epsom salts have lead in them :( do you know anything about this?

  2. Food Renegade via Facebook
    March 7, 2014 | 3:43 pm

    Monica Cooper, I will have to research that one.

  3. Marie
    March 16, 2014 | 9:40 am

    Did you know that Dead Sea salt has the highest concentration of bromide of all the sea salt in the world. Bromide is part of the halogen family on the periodic table and act as a competing element to iodine to attach itself to our iodine receptor all over our body. All most all tissue have iodine receptor. We literally bath in a bromide polluted world, from our sofa, mattress, pillow containing flame retardant to our bread (bromide is used in bread as a doug conditioner), in soda and energy drink (from brominated vegetable oil) and a laundry list of drugs, we are saturated from bromide exposer. This has serious impact on our body and our health. So, I would not recommend using Dead sea salt and allowing your skin to readily absorb bromide. Good read about the subject of iodine: “Iodine Crisis, What you don’t know about iodine can wreck your life” by Lynne Farrow.I’m very passionate about iodine and salt, there is better salt alternative in my opinion.

  4. Lane Hopper Lord via Facebook
    May 1, 2014 | 7:04 pm

    *sigh* I love the idea, but I can’t stand sitting in a bath. I start imagining I’m sitting in filthy water, despite a ridiculously clean tub and I’m up an out before you can say “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, lol.

    Are there any alternatives using a shower?

    • Mary
      May 30, 2014 | 9:17 am

      Lane,

      I can so relate…..I don’t enjoy baths either. Mine is partly your reason & a childhood associated memory and it did me in for baths…LOL I’ve tried incorporating the same ingredients to a foot bath as the feet is an area that you regularly detox from. Just a thought.

  5. Kelly Curry-wills via Facebook
    May 1, 2014 | 7:34 pm

    I make my own with epsom salts and essential oil. My husband loves them.

  6. Melissa Lindsey Hornsby via Facebook
    May 1, 2014 | 7:41 pm

    Amy Sanders

  7. Amy
    May 26, 2014 | 5:22 pm

    Thanks for the tips- I will have to try making at home for a nice foot soak for my hubby :)

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