Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts
Baths are relaxing on their own, but when special salts, lavender, and essential oils are added, they go to a whole new level! These Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts come together quickly for an indulgent treat.
I can’t think of many indulgences more simple and relaxing than a quiet bath at the end of the day. It surely doesn’t happen often for most moms, but when it does? Oh the joy!
I find that after a relaxing bath, I sleep better at night and feel like my stress levels drop measurably. It’s time to unwind, unplug, and just be still for a while.
And the silence. Beautiful, glorious silence. Let’s not forget about that!
A bath can really be taken to a new level when Epsom salts are added. I love taking an Epsom salt bath when I’m feeling particularly stressed or even a bit sick.
But even an Epsom salt bath can be improved upon with a few simple additions! Turning regular Epsom salts into these delightfully indulgent Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts is so easy and takes just a few extra ingredients. Treat yourself or a loved one to a batch of these for a real reset at the end of the day!
These bath salts star Epsom salt, as mentioned before, but also include some sea salt, magnesium flakes, and baking soda. These ingredients all help to gently detoxify, sooth the skin, and promote relaxation.
Lavender buds are powdered and added for extra herbal goodness. Lavender is wonderful for the skin and senses, soothing both.
Finally, to add extra scent and relaxing, essential oils are added to the mix in a grapeseed carrier oil. Various essential oils are great for promoting peace and calm, but at the end of the day, I’m especially fond of a blend of lavender, Roman chamomile, and spikenard. These are very gentle on the skin, too.
Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts
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- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 1 cup magnesium flakes
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup sea salt
- 1/4 cup lavender buds (find here, here, or here)
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil*
- 3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil*
- 2 drops spikenard essential oil*
*My personal favorite essential oils come from Florihana (carried by Tropical Traditions). I also use and recommend oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.
- In a food processor, blend together the Epsom salts, magnesium flakes, and baking soda until a uniform consistency forms.
- In a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder, grind the lavender buds into a powder. In a pinch you can use powdered lavender instead of grinding yourself, but the herb won’t be as effective.
- Add the ground lavender, grapeseed oil, and essential oils to the food processor and run until the ingredients are fully mixed. Stop and scrape the bowl if needed as it blends.
- Package into a glass or other nonreactive container and use 1 cup for a bath.
To give this as a gift, package it in something pretty, or just use a quart size mason jar and add some nice fabric to the lid with a colorful ribbon. Be sure to label it with instructions and ingredients.
Since there is some oil in the bath salts, the tub might be a little slick after draining. Be careful when getting out so you don’t slip and fall. You might also be super sleepy after your soak, and therefore more accident prone to that slightly slippery surface.
In a rush and only Epsom salts on hand? No worries! Just use equal parts Epsom salts for the magnesium flakes, sea salt, and/or baking soda. You’ll still end up with a delightful bath.
Want to try a different herb in place of the lavender? Chamomile, calendula, or rose petals would all make great substitutes!
This is such a great recipe! I have learned to love the fragrance and health benefits of true lavender.
I used to not like the scent of lavender, but I think that’s because I was only familiar with artificial scent versions. Real lavender is just lovely! I like that it isn’t too floral.
I wish I had a bath tub to relax in… Only a shower.
I bet this would still be nice as a foot soak!