You may be more of a shower person than a bath person. Homemade herbal bath salts might just be the reason you change your mind. Epsom salt bath detox.
There are several benefits to taking an Epsom salt bath. It’s naturally occurring compound magnesium, is highly absorbable to the skin and it has been known to reduce inflammation and help with easing migraines and flushing toxins.
An Epsom salt bath detox helps eliminate heavy metals from your cells and eases muscle pain. It is also terrific for relieving skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
While Epsom salt has a lot of uses and benefits, it is also very important to take note of a few of the precautions and side effects that Epsom salt may have on the body.
- Overloading your body with magnesium supplements can cause nausea, headache, and lightheadedness. In worst cases, it can cause heart problems and even death.
- Allergic reactions are possible, so take it slow in the beginning until you know how your body will react.
- The wrong use of Epsom Salts as a laxative may cause or worsen digestive problems.
These DIY Bath Salts make terrific gifts and can be creatively packaged using one of these inexpensive gift wrap suggestions.
Herbal Bath Salt Master Ingredients
- Epsom salts
- Baking soda
- Fresh or dried herbs
- Essential oil (optional)
Make Herbal Bath Salts
Bath salts store wonderfully, even for years, so they are a great way to preserve healing herbs for future use. For this project, use the herbs that you have on hand in your garden, but any combination of fresh and dried herbs will also work. You can even grow a healing herb garden in your own yard!
Some herb suggestions include –
- Mint, which is cooling and pain-relieving
- Calendula is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial
- Plantain cools and soothes skin irritations
- Chamomile flowers are calming to the skin and have antibacterial properties
- Oatmeal soothes dry and inflamed skin
There is no right or wrong answer for your herb combination. Use herbs that will not only calm but be soothing to your skin.
- 1 cup chopped fresh herbs. Grow your own skin care garden and use one of those!
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 6 drops of essential oil (consider peppermint, eucalyptus, or clary sage)
- glass storage container
- muslin bag or handkerchief (optional but recommended) to contain the herbs in the bath
1. Add the fresh herbs and Epsom salts to a food processor. Gently pulse until the herbs are chopped into small pieces.
2. Add the baking soda and pulse the mixture again. If you don’t have a food processor you can process the herbs with a fine chop and add them to a large bowl, then stir in the salt and soda.
3. lace the macerated herbs and baking soda into a large bowl and stir in 1 cup of Epsom salts.
4. Thinly spread the herb and salt mixture onto a piece of parchment paper. The thickness should be around 1/4th of an inch.
5. Allow the salt to absorb moisture from the herbs for 24 to 48 hours. After that time, the fresh herbs will have all their moisture removed and infused into the Epsom salt.
You can speed up the drying process by stirring the mixture after 6 hours and spreading it out again.
Store the finished bath salts in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. You may need to add additional essential oils after a year of storage.
To use homemade herbal bath salts: Fill a small muslin bag or handkerchief with one-fourth to one-half a cup of salts for each bath soak. It will soothe your skin and ease sore muscles after a day of work or gardening. What could be better than that?