DIY Epsom Salt & Essential Oil Bath Recipes: To Naturally Release Stress & Tension

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Sometimes the emotional and mental stress you feel due to your chronic physical pain can be just as debilitating as the pain itself. That’s why it’s so important to take care of your mind as well as your body. Submerging in an Epsom salt and essential oil bath can help soothe your tired soul while relaxing your sore muscles.

 

DIY bath salts are so easy to make and can be customized to fit your mood, health concerns, and scent preferences.

 

Why Epsom Salt?

Epsom salt is an incredible natural detoxifier; when mixed with water, the properties in Epsom salt triggers reverse osmosis and pull unwanted toxins out while flooding the body with magnesium and sulfates.

 

Because of this, Epsom salt is an amazing addition to any bath; with your pores open in the warm water, your skin will be even more receptive to its healing benefits.

 

Benefits of Epsom Salt

  • Soothes sore muscles
  • Alkalizes the body
  • Softens skin
  • Relieves headaches
  • Relieves joint pain
  • Helps diminish flu symptoms quickly

 

Why Essential Oils?

Other than the fact that they simply smell amazing, essential oils have many healing properties for your body that, when paired correctly, can make a powerfully curative cocktail for your mind and body.

 

Benefits of Essential Oils

  • Eases tension
  • Promotes circulation
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Clears acne, eczema
  • Helps treat cold and flu symptoms
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Provides headache relief 

 

DIY Epsom Salt & Essential Oil Bath Recipes

Now that you understand the myriad positive effects both Epsom salt and essential oils can have to relieve tension and reduce stress, imagine what amazing benefits they will have when paired together!

 

Many of the recipes listed below have baking soda as an additional ingredient; this is very much on purpose! Like Epsom salt, baking soda has incredible properties that help alkalize the body, wash acid waste from the body, and help soften skin.

 

Alkalizing your body helps keep your internal pH balanced, which in turn helps keep disease and toxins at bay.

 

To help you find your perfect bath time ritual recipe, weve compiled a few of our favorite DIY Epsom salt and essential oil bath recipes from around the web. Youll be relaxed and worry free as soon as you step into your warm tub.

 

Plus, by DIYing your own mixture, it means you know exactly what’s going into your bathwater. Thus, you know exactly what’s going into your body, and that is so important.

 

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Soothing Lavender Detox Bath

Ingredients:

1 cup Epsom salt

1 cup baking soda

2-3 drops lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Soak in a warm bath with about one cup of the mixture for about 40 minutes to completely absorb its healing benefits!

Cocoa Butter Epsom Salt Soak

Ingredients:

50 g coarse sea salt

50 g Epsom salt

50 g cocoa butter

1 vanilla pod

30 drops patchouli essential oil

10 drops ylang-ylang essential oil

Split the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds. Grate the cocoa butter, and then mix all of the ingredients together. Allow them to sit for 24 hours to infuse. Use one cup in your next bath.

Uplifting and Stress-Relieving Spicy Bath

Ingredients:

1 cup Epsom salt

1 cup baking soda

20 drops essential oils: orange, clove, cedarwood, lemon (5 drops each)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Use one cup in your next bath!

Tension Zapping Peppermint and Eucalyptus Bath

Ingredients:

2 cups Epsom salt

1 cup baking soda

10 drops peppermint essential oil

5 drops each of eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, cinnamon essential oil

2 TB dried lavender

1 TB fresh rosemary, finely chopped

Combine Epsom salt and baking soda in a bowl. Add essential oils and stir until salts are fully coated. Add remaining lavender and rosemary, and stir until just combined. Use one cup in your next bath!

Relaxing Frankincense Bath Salts

Ingredients:

1 cup Epsom salt

1 cup baking soda

8-10 drops frankincense essential oil

8-10 drops lavender essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Add a full cup to your next bath!

And if you’re interested in tweaking this recipe for a foot soak, just dissolve a 1/2 cup of the salts into a shallow bowl of warm water and let your feet soak for a half an hour!

 

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Invigorating Lemon Rosemary Bath Salts

Ingredients:

1 cup Epsom salt

1/2 cup baking soda

2 Tb fresh rosemary, finely chopped

6-8 drops lemon essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and use one full cup in your next bath!

Stress-Soothing Minty Bath Salts

Ingredients:

1 cup Epsom salt

1 cup baking soda

30 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and use one full cup in your next bath.

 

In Conclusion

Taking time for yourself to really unwind and ease your tension is an integral and important part of your overall health plan. Whether you’re living with chronic pain, have had a bad week and need a minute alone, or simply love taking baths, these stress and tension relief bath recipes are the perfect way to unwind.

 

Additionally, these bath salt recipes make for an amazing gift; they’re thoughtful, customizable, indulgent, and fun!

 

Notes of caution: If you are pregnant, diabetic, or allergic to sulfur, do not use Epsom salt. Always use a small amount of each essential oil first before putting it into a bath to test for allergic reaction. When taking a bath, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. When leaving the bath, get up slowly, and lie down on a bed or couch for at least 15 minutes afterward. Hot baths can lower blood pressure and lead to dizziness.

See also:

How to Detoxify Your Body When You Have An Autoimmune Disease

Music Therapy for Chronic Pain

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Sources: 

http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/pain-management/tips/warm-water-therapy.php 

http://draxe.com/epsom-salt/ 

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0168160587900341

 

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