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DIY Bath Salts

ByKim Robson:

I’m a huge fan of hot baths. Summer is always a sad time for me because it’s too hot for anything beyond a lukewarm shower. Taking a long hot soak is out of the question. (At least football season is starting!) But winter is coming, and then I frequently will be found taking a long, relaxing siesta in the tub. In addition to being calming, baths are beneficial for all sorts of complaints — from the cold or flu, to sore muscles, to opening pores, to conditioning dry or irritated skin, to simply taking the chill out of your bones.

And here’s the best part: it’s super easy and cheap to make your own customized DIY bath salts! This all-purpose bath salt recipe is made with a base of four parts Epsom salt, four parts kosher salt, one part powdered milk or colloidal oatmeal, plus one part cornstarch.

Epsom saltis magnesium sulfate, an abundant mineral that is absorbed through the skin to help ease muscle soreness and relieve tension. Epsom salt works by drawing toxins from the body, and it is also a mild sedative to the nervous system. No wonder it’s so relaxing! When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins out of the body, soothes the nervous system, reduces swelling, and relaxes muscles. An Epsom salt bath leaves your skin feeling soft, too, as it is also a natural emollient and exfoliator. Epsom salt is inexpensive and available at any drug store.

Sea salt is sodium chloride, and also contains beneficial minerals like iodine, magnesium and potassium.

Powdered milk or colloidal oatmeal helps to soften and soothe the skin and is great for sunburn, rashes, dry skin or eczema. Cornstarch also soothes and relieves dry, itchy skin.

Essential oils help refine and customize the bath salts’ healing qualities, depending on the blend. Varying the blends can help produce results such as relaxation, better sleep, clearer sinuses, charging of the mind, physical rejuvenation, stress relief, and many more benefits. The possibilities are endless.


  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • ¼ cup whole powdered milk or colloidal oatmeal (or both!)
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 20 drops of essential oils


  • Combine salts, milk and/or oatmeal, and cornstarch in a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in desired essential oils and mix thoroughly with your fingers.
  • Label jars and store in a cool, dark place.
  • Use about one cup per bath.

Suggested Essential Oil Blends

  • Relaxation: 10 drops lavender + 10 drops bergamot
  • Better Sleep: 5 drops geranium + 10 drops lavender + 5 drops rose
  • Clear Sinuses: 10 drops eucalyptus + 10 drops peppermint
  • Charge the Mind: 10 drops lemon + 10 drops rosemary
  • Physical Rejuvenation: 10 drops sage + 5 drops mint + 5 drops tea tree
  • Stress Relief: 10 drops tangerine + 5 drops ylang ylang + 5 drops cedarwood

If you’re interested in buying Young Living Essential oil click on this link

About Kim Robson

Kim Robson lives and works with her husband in the Cuyamaca Mountains an hour east of San Diego. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, cooking, and animals. She has written a blog since 2006 at kimkiminy.wordpress.com. Her interests include the environment, dark skies, astronomy and physics, geology and rock collecting, living simply and cleanly, wilderness and wildlife conservation, and eating locally.

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