Taking Epsom Salt Baths to Relax and Decompress

Epsom salt is an organic and inexpensive way to reduce tension and stress. Epsom salt’s relaxing properties can be attributed to its high levels of magnesium. Epsom salt is inexpensive, always available at pharmacies or in the healthcare aisles, and easily mixed with essential oils, making it a great bath salt. If you have been feeling the need for a “spa” day to relax and de-stress, try some of these DIY bath salt mixtures to pamper yourself.

Here are a few terms to familiarize yourself with when preparing DIY salt baths.

  1. Essential oils: Essential oils are used to promote relaxation and relief. They provide therapeutic benefits.
  2. Carrier oils: Carrier oils are used to dilute or extend the usage of essential oils.
  3. Epsom salt: The magnesium in the Epsom salt is absorbed into your body to alleviate muscle tension.

Lavender Bath Salts

Lavender bath salts are prepared using equal proportions of Epsom salt, carrier oil, and lavender essential oils. Lavender essential oils are renowned for their relaxing and healing properties and can be especially beneficial in an Epsom salt bath.

  • 2 cups of Epsom salt
  • 15-20 drops of lavender essential oils
  • 3 tablespoons of your preferred carrier oils (coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil)


  1. Combine salt and carrier oil in a medium-sized glass bowl and mix well.
  2. Add drops of essential oils and mix thoroughly.
  3. Store bath salts in an airtight glass jar.

Rose Milk Bath Salts

Rose essential oils promote relaxation and tranquility. Rose essential oil is ideal for relieving depression and anxiety and is sometimes recommended to help cope with panic and anxiety attacks.

  • 1 cup of full-fat powdered milk
  • ½ cup of Epsom salt
  • ¼ cup of dried and crushed rose petals
  • Few drops of rose essential oil
  • Red food coloring


  1. Combine Epsom salts and powdered milk together. Add a few drops of red food coloring and mix until the salt is pink.
  2. Add a few drops of rose essential oils and the rose petals and mix well.
  3. Store bath salts in an airtight glass jar.

Rosemary Bath Salts

Rosemary essential oil is also effective in helping you alleviate anxiety and de-stress.

  • 4 ounces of Epsom Salt
  • 3 tablespoons of baking soda
  • Few drops of food coloring
  • Few drops of rosemary essential oils


  1. Combine salt and baking soda in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add a few drops of rosemary essential oils and food coloring and mix well.
  3. Store bath salts in an airtight glass jar.

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