Christmas is fast approaching and we are all looking for some great gift ideas. I though it would be the perfect time to share some bath salts recipes and give instructions on how to make bath salts. They make lovely and Aromatic gifts and are easy to make. By using some salts, oils and essential oils you can easily make bath salts that are personalised to your loved ones needs. 

BENEFITS OF BATH SALTS

Choosing good quality bath salts makes a big difference to your bathing experience. My favourite salts are Himalayan and Epsom salts. They are packed with minerals like potassium, magnesium and calcium and help the body to relax and recover from aches and pains.  You can also use the salts as skin scrubs on the body when you mix them with vegetable oils. In this case make sure to choose fine grit salts. Big grits are perfect for bathing as they take longer to melt. 

How to make bath salts

How to make bath salts for gifts

WHICH BATH SALTS TO USE?

As I mentioned before my favourite bath salts are epsom and Himalayan salts. This is because they are rich in minerals and are great for body care. Epsom salts are named after Epsom spring in Surrey. It’s packed with magnesium and sulphate which are well known for their health benefits. Epsom salts are perfect for active person who does a lot of expertise. They also work perfectly in foot soaks and foot baths. Read more about epsom salt benefits 

Himalayan salts comes from Pakistan and is also suitable for coking and seasoning the food. It contains a variety of minerals and is perfect for relaxation and detoxing the body. You can also buy Himalayan salt lamps and candle containers for better air quality. Read more about the benefits of Himalayan salt  

WHICH OILS TO USE?

For bath salts I would choose light consistency oils such as sunflower, grapeseed, jojoba or baobab oil. You can also use macerated (infused) oils which can add some extra healing benefits. Use calendula for irritated or itchy skin and arnica for muscular aches and pain. Try rose infused oil for luxurious bath products. You can buy infused oils or you can easily make your own. Read how

WHICH ESSENTIAL OILS TO USE? 

There are many essential oils that are suitable for bath salts and other bath and shower products. When using in bath products it’s good to keep in mind that the body and skin gets hot and pores will open so the effects of the oils can be powerful. For this reason, you don’t need to make bath products intensely strong. Sometimes less is more. I would avoid citrus oils in bath products as they are very strong and most common for body to react to. They can make the body sensitive for them and the skin may react. If you really love citrus oils, you can still use them in shower gels. 

Herbal oils are fantastic to use in bath salts and other bath products. The most popular is of course lavender, but marjoram sweet, coriander and thyme are also great. Wood, resin and tree oils are also fantastic. Flower oils are also popular for their relaxing benefits. Try pine or fir needle for refreshing foot soak, rose for relaxation or jasmine for indulgence.  

Simple bath salts recipes

Simple bath salts recipes

HOW TO MAKE BATH SALTS?

Bath salts are easy to make with only few simple ingredients of salts, oils, essential oils and dry herbs or flowers. It’s also nice to give a gift you have made yourself. That shows you have spent some time putting together a personalised gift with great love and care. You can find lovely containers for your salts from small corner shops or even charity stores. Of course there are many options on Amazon as well. Think about the person you are giving the gift to and choose something that reflects that person. I am sure you will love creating your own gifts. Looking for other ideas? Read about how to make facial oils 

Here are a few simple recipes to get you started 

Mix all ingredients together well and let soak for a few days before use. 

Invigorating foot soak 

  • 200g of salts
  • 20ml vegetable oil
  • 20 drops of fir needle essential oil
  • 5-10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

Antiviral foot soak

  • 200g of salts
  • 20ml vegetable oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of thyme essential oil
  • 5 drops of tea tree essential oil

Relaxing bath salts

  • 200g of salts
  • 20ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tea spoons of dry lavender pods
  • 25 drops of lavender essential oil

Sensual bath salts

  • 200g of salts
  • 20ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tea spoons of dry rose petals
  • 5 drops of rose absolute
  • 5 drops of jasmine absolute
  • 10 drops of ylang ylang essential oil

Hope you enjoyed this post and the recipes I shared. Do you take baths on a regular bases? Do you enjoy making your own gifts? Please share in the comments, I would love to hear from you