A simple bath can do wonders for the body and mind and the healing benefits of a bath can be elevated by using natural ingredients.
The bath salt 'potion' that I've concocted was intended to aid with muscle tension and to help me to sleep. To achieve the desired affect of relaxed muscles and a good night's sleep I used the following ingredients:
Lavender Essential Oil
1. Epsom Salts
When making bath salts, my favourite key ingredient is Epsom salts. You may or may not know that Epsom salts aren't actually salt, but magnesium sulphate.
Epsom salts are an old home remedy for muscle aches, bruises and swelling and is said to alleviate joint pain and inflammation like arthritis. An Epsom salt bath also helps to release toxins from your body and also soothes dry and irritated skin.
2. Lavender Essential Oil + 3. Dried Lavender
Lavender essential oils can soothe inflammation, cold symptoms, and stimulate the body's immune function through its anti-microbial properties.
Where sleep is concerned Lavender works as an anxiety reliever and as a sedative, to increase relaxation and help bring about sleep. Lavender interacts with the neurotransmitter GABA to help quiet the brain and nervous system activity, reducing agitation, anger, aggression, and restlessness.
"Often touted as being a relaxing and calming tea, soaking in chamomile has similar effects on the skin, meaning that it's incredibly soothing for irritated and sensitive skin. It helps to reduce redness and is antibacterial, helping to minimize scars and marks." - Sips by
Quick tip: If you can't get your hands on fresh camomile, tea bags will do the trick too!
5. Rose Petals
I know, I know... rose petals in the bath may seem a tad cliche, but besides looking pretty, did you know that they actually have some great health benefits?
"Known as a powerful mood enhancer, adding rose petals to a warm bath will help you get rid of feelings of anxiety. Apart from being a detox for your body, it will also help you sleep better." - Times of India
You can also add rose water or rose oil to your bath.
To conjure up my bath elixir, I worked in layers.
First adding about 2-3cm of Epsom salts to the jar and then dropping about 10 drops of lavender essential oil onto the salts. Then in a mortar and pestle, I added about a tablespoon of dried flowers and dropped some more lavender oil on them before pressing them to release the oils and fragrances.
I sparingly spread this around the edges of the jar on top of the Epsom salts to create a nice effect, but not to add too much dried flowers to each layer as you don't want too much floating in your bath (unless you have a good drain strainer).
I did this layer by layer until the jar had about 4cm of free space. For the last layer, I mixed the salts and the flowers together for a beautiful effect and sprinkled a few dried flowers on the top for a bit of zazzle.
And there you have it!
Bath salts are pretty easy to make and give you a wonderful sense of relaxation and delight when using them. You can make many different combinations with many different natural ingredients like other essential oils, flowers and even lemons.
We'd love to hear about your favourite soothing bath ingredients or if you have any questions, please let us know in the comments!
Thanks for reading xx