Epsom salts, Pink Himalayan Sea Salts, Bicarbonate of Soda, (or Baking Soda if you are in the States) and essential oils are all you need to make aromatherapy bath salts to rival a store bought bathing product.
Adding petals or dried herbs to your ingredients will add a decadent feel to the concoction and make your finished salts look even more delightful. This homemade aromatherapy bath salts recipe isn’t just a feast for your eyes and sense of smell, but there may be actual health benefits from bathing in salts and Bicarbonate of Soda.
What are the benefits of the ingredients used to make your own natural mineral bath?
Although the name, and the texture of Epsom Salts would make you believe this ingredient is actually a salt, you may be surprised to find out that it isn’t one. Epsom Salt is actually a naturally occuring Magnesium and Sulphate mineral compound.
Epsom Salts were discovered by a man called Henry Wicker and legend has it that he was out and about herding his cows on Epsom Common in Surrey, during the very hot summer of 1618, when he came across a pool of water. He was surprised that his thirsty cattle didn’t want to drink from the pool, and after he tasted the water he realised the reason the cows were abstaining was because the taste was so bitter.
On further investigation he realised the water had laxative properties and could treat skin conditions such as sores. Henry Wicker’s discovery that the mineral compound that was tainting the water was unique to this specific area of the UK put Epson on the map as a 17th century spa town, and people from all over the world visited to partake in the healing properties of the salts.
In modern times Epsom Salts are used in baths by athletes who have sore or aching muscles and for people who want to relax and unwind. Many claim that Epsom Salts can help wounds heal faster, reduce inflammation and are great for cleansing the skin. The scientific evidence doesn’t back up all the claims that people make about Epsom Salts, however, there is no smoke without fire, and many people who use Epsom Salts swear by their healing properties.
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
Pink Himalayan salt is a rock salt which comes from the foothills of the Himalayas in the Punjab region. The craze for this pretty coloured salt is evident all over at the moment, from being used as a culinary ingredient that is cited as being better than regular table salt, to being used in spas and even lamps that claim to purify the air and lift mood.
There are claims on websites that this salt can almost work miracles, from skin detoxification and aiding cellular regeneration to the claims that the minerals in the salt can be transferred through the skin into the body. As a reality check it’s fair to mention that most of the claims that are made about Himalayan Pink Sea Salt are not evidence based.
Salt however is a remedy that has been used for soothing soreness for millenia; ever gargled with salt water to relieve a sore throat? If you have you will know that salt can help to relieve your symptoms and although the jury is still out on how salt affects our skin from a scientific standpoint, we’re not entirely convinced that natural remedies don’t work, just because it hasn’t been proven otherwise.Bicarbonate of Soda
Sodium Bicarbonate is the chemical name for Bicarbonate of Soda or Baking Soda. It is a salt, as the Sodium in its name would infer, and it has many really beneficial uses, from cooking, and cleaning to medical uses. It’s cleaning and odour reduction properties make it a complimentary ingredient in our aromatherapy bath salts recipe. It also has the added benefit of making water feel softer and silkier to the touch, which is a must have when you are trying to create a home spa experience.
Essential oils, Rose buds and petals
You can choose whichever essential oils you like to make your homemade bath salts look and smell good. We have chosen Rose Absolute as we are using rose buds and petals to decorate our salts.
If you want to make rose scented salts but don’t want to shell out for Rose Absolute, Rose Geranium essential oil is a good substitute. It smells like Roses, but costs less to buy. If you don't have Rose buds and petals, you can leave them out of the recipe or substitute with other dried flowers or herbs.
To make the salts you will need:
- 2 cups of Pink Himalayan salt
- 1 cup of Epsom Salt
- ¼ cup Bicarbonate of Soda
- 40 drops of Rose Absolute essential oil
- ½ cup of dried rose petals
- ¼ cup of dried rose buds
How to make Rose infused aromatherapy bath salts.
- Mix the Pink Himalayan salt, the Epsom Salt and Bicarbonate of Soda in a large mixing bowl.
- Next drop your oils into the mixture and mix again.
- Finally add the Rose buds and the petals.
Give the mixture a final stir and decant into an airtight glass container.
1 to 2 cups of this sweet smelling concoction stirred into your bath will be enough to create an aromatherapy spa experience. Whether you believe all the health claims made online for each of the separate ingredients or not, we’re pretty sure that this recipe will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised and smelling great.