Looking to unwind in a hot bath filled with goodness? You’re in good company! Here’s a super easy DIY bath salt blend that I’ve been mixing up lately!
How have you guys been feeling? Lately I’ve been feeling a little rushed. Like there’s so much to do and so little time--you know? It’s all pressure I’ve been putting on myself, but sometimes it’s hard to shake the overwhelmed feeling. I’m sure we’ve all been there! As this feeling has surfaced over the last few weeks I’ve reminded myself more and more how important it is to take a minute and unwind, give yourself a little tender loving care, and just recharge your batteries. Sometimes it’s just too easy to run on low for too long.
I’m not a very high-maintenance person. I only use a few products for my face and body and I usually prefer things like hair and nails to be natural. This is wonderful for saving time and allowing yourself to get more done, but not so wonderful for a chance to give yourself some TLC. Life coach Tony Robbins says you have to raise your standards. I think it’s about time to apply this line of thinking to my self-care routine--which until now has been somewhat non-existent. I decided that what I needed to do was create a proper “Shower Routine” with standards. No more time-related excuses. Now I'm taking the time to do a few things to help myself feel tip top again--rather than run down but too busy to do anything about it.
I’ll get more into the nitty-gritty of my shower routine another day, but for now here's one thing I’ve added to it that’s made it oh-so-much nicer! You might be thinking: “you’re using a ‘bath salt blend’ in the shower?” Yes! I run the shower and once it’s warm enough I plug the drain like you would a bath and add a scoop or two of this mix into the collecting water. The smell is amazing and it’s like combining a detoxing foot bath with a shower!
That’s not to say that you should only use it this way. Around the time I was going vegan, and a bit before, I would take long baths once a week in hopes it would help with stress and lower my heart rate (before I found out it was really due to Hyperthyroidism). At the time, I would add these ingredients individually to the bath while it was running. It was kind of tedious and it was a lot to take out and put away each time, leading to less frequent detox baths. Being able to scoop out two spoonfuls is so much easier--plus I think it looks beautiful in the jar so I just leave it on the counter. Now there’s nothing to put away!
The DIY Detox Bath Salt Blend uses Epsom salt, baking soda, Tea Tree essential oil, and Lavender essential oil. Epsom salt is said to relieve muscle tension, aches and pains, as well as give you a boost of magnesium--a nutrient that can become depleted when you’re under stress. Standard baking soda is known for its detoxifying properties as well as helping to relieve any skin itchiness you may be experiencing. Tea Tree essential oil is used for it’s antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory benefits. And last but not least, we’re using Lavender essential oil because it smells amazing with this combo, well that, and for its stress-easing abilities. Plus not to mention, it shares some of the benefits of Tea Tree essential oil like it’s anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiseptic properties!
This Detox Bath Salt Blend would make a wonderful gift for the holidays, Mother’s day, someone who’s just had a baby, anyone you know who’s been feeling a little stressed lately, Valentine’s day, a get well soon gift--it’s just a great gift! I think it’s one of those kinds of gifts that gives the recipient an excuse to have a little “me time” when they might not normally take it. Wonderful! Let’s get onto the recipe!
DIY Detox Bath Salt Blend
- 1 ¼ Cup Epsom Salt
- ½ Cup Baking Soda
- ¼ Tsp Tea Tree Oil
- ½ Tsp Lavender Essential Oil
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl or large measuring cup. Once thoroughly mixed, scoop into an airtight jar. To use, simply scoop into bath water.
Don't mind what my measuring spoons say, I'm adding in the amounts listed above.
I added the baking soda and Epsom salt first, then mixed well using the handle of a wooden spoon.
Next, I added in the essential oils and mixed well again. You could add food coloring if you didn't want the finished blend to be white, but I prefer to leave out artificial colors. It's totally up to you though!
The recipe fits perfectly into a pint sized Ball Mason jar, which is the kind of jar I'm using. I purchased a pack of 12 for about $13 at my local craft store--which would be perfect for giving these out as gifts! You can also find them on Amazon.
Now you're all set to add this to your bath or shower water! You could also add this to a bucket or large container and have a foot bath!
I'm SO happy I started adding this to my routine! It's nice to have something that smells so good to look forward to. I hope you enjoyed this post and get a chance to whip up your own batch and have a nice hot soak! Have a great weekend everyone!