I know it’s a self-care cliche but a bath always makes me feel better about life. It’s a moment of ‘me time’, allowing me to be fully present (rather than overthinking) and helps soak away some of the stresses of the day.
I used to love treating myself to really luxurious bath products. I felt it was a nice indulgence for someone with a busy life. If I’m also being really being honest, I liked the look of them in my bathroom too. Hello, working class aspirational roots…!
However, I started to question why they included so many chemicals, all the packaging and how good for me these products really were.
So for the last couple of years, I’ve made my own natural bath salts using only a few ingredients, essential oils and flower petals for that ultimate luxury bathing experience.
Not only does it feel great, this DIY natural bath salts is good for our health too. It’s completely chemical-free and uses only a handful of natural ingredients: Epsom salts, Himalayan salts and bicarbonate of soda. I add essential oils for an extra wellbeing boost and flower petals just because it makes the bath look so pretty. Homemade doesn’t need to look homemade after all.
Epsom salts help boosts our body’s magnesium levels. We need magnesium for energy, regulating blood sugar levels and helping with healthy bones amongst much more. It’s also good for sleep, stress and reduces swelling and bloating.
Himalayan salts are a detoxifier and help remove toxins from the body. They are also a natural mineral and work to counteract the electromagnetic energy we get from using technology.
Bicarbonate of soda will make your skin silky smooth and also reduce any inflammation.
I add essential oils which add scent and have a host of different benefits depending on your needs. I tend to go for lavender to help with relaxation and sleep.
These bath salts make great presents too.
How to make DIY natural bath salts
This is for lavender and rose petal bath salts.
You will need:
- 2 cups of Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup of bicarbonate of soda
- 1/4 cup of Himalayan salts
- 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil
- Dried rose petals (a small amount goes a long way)
Simply pour all the ingredients into a jar. I use a funnel for this. And then shake…
That’s it. Enjoy!