There always seems to be quite a bit of sickness during the winter months. Just like me, I’m sure you try to prevent getting sick and try to prevent your children from getting sick as well. No one wants to be down and feeling terrible for a week that’s for sure and us moms don’t get much of a break if we happen to catch something! We try to take preventative measures as much as we can during cold and flu season. These Immune Boosting DIY Bath Salts feel so good to soak in and are so good for your body! You can use them to try to ward off sickness or to help you through recovery. You will love learning how easy it is to make natural bath salts and they are also great for easing congestion that comes with colds.
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Tutorial For Making Immune Boosting Bath Salts With Essential Oils
What are bath salts used for?
Bath salts, in general, refer to epsom salts or coarse sea salt and both are used for the health benefits they offer when you soak in them.
What are the health benefits of bath salts?
Benefits of epsom salts
A hot bath is a great way to increase your circulation and can help with many things. Adding epsom salt to your bath allows you skin to soak in and absorb some extra benefits. Epsom Salts are special because they release magnesium and sulfate into the bath. Magnesium is valued as a muscle relaxant and for its anti inflammatory effects. The sulfate component of Epsom Salts is good for detox, and according to Paramount Health, “helps in drawing the heavy metals and toxins out of your body.” Magnesium sulfate is great for relieving muscle aches.
WebMD points out that though epsom salt use is mostly based on folk remedy claims, people use Epsom salt baths as a home treatment for:
- Arthritis pain and swelling
- Bruises and sprains
- Sore muscles after working out
- Tired, swollen feet
Epsom salt is wonderful at drawing toxins out of the body so this is one reason that at these DIY bath salts are great for colds and preventing colds. As Nutritional Outlook says, “Helping the body detoxify and cleanse can be key to developing and maintaining an optimal immune system.” Your body also gets the opportunity to absorb the magnesium in the bath while soaking. This is great for helping the body destress which is important because stress is has a negative effect on the immune system.
You may use Dead Sea salts, Himalayan salts, or sea salt as a substitute but my favorite is epsom salt for the reasons I mentioned.
Benefits of Essential Oils
These DIY bath salts with essential oils offer the added benefits of the essential oils you use in the bath salt mixture. The Thieves essential oil is full of antibacterial and antiviral essential oils. The Frankincense oil is great for the immune system as well and has calming and relaxing properties.
You may substitute other essential oils based on the qualities and the scent of your favorite essential oils. Which ones will you add to your homemade bath salts mix to make your own blends?
Benefits of Baking Soda
Baking soda in warm bath water is also beneficial in many ways. It is helpful to detoxing as well as being beneficial to the skin. Medical News Today suggests that a baking soda bath beneficial for various conditions including those with yeast infections, fungal nail or skin infections, and hemorrhoids. However, they also point out that, some groups of people should avoid baking soda baths, such as those who are pregnant or nursing, have diabetes, or have high blood pressure. They caution that, “Some people may react poorly to baking soda, so it is recommended to test the effects on a small patch of skin at least 24 hours before taking a baking soda bath.” If in doubt, leave it out! That is one of the huge benefits of making your own bath salts- only use ingredients you want!
Easy DIY Bath Salts Ingredients:
- 1 cup Epsom Salt
- 3 drops Young Living Thieves Essential Oil
- 3 drops Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
How To Make Bath Salts:
How do you make natural bath salts?
Start by gathering all your ingredients. Then head to a clear counter space to whip this DIY bath salts recipe up. This is a single use essential oil bath salt recipe. However, you are more than welcome to double or triple the recipe and keep it in a larger container to have a couple uses on hand. Besides the dry ingredients, you will need a glass bowl for mixing, a spoon, and a measuring cup.
For adults: Measure out 1 Cup of epsom salts and add to your bowl. Next, add 1/2 Cup of baking soda. Stir those around until they are evenly mixed. Next, add 3 drops of Thieves essential oil and 3 drops of Frankincense essential oil. Stir those together with the epsom salt and the baking soda. The epsom salt will soak up the essential oils and help distribute them through the water.
For children: Measure out 1 Cup of epsom salt and add to your bowl. Next, add 1/8 Cup of baking soda. Stir those around until they are evenly mixed. Next, add 1 drop of Thieves essential oil and 1 drop of Frankincense essential oil. Stir those together with the epsom salt and the baking soda. The epsom salt will soak up the essential oils and help distribute them through the water.
Printable Recipe For Bath Salts
How do you store homemade bath salts?
Once the bath salts are mixed up, you can use them right away. Just add to warm water or hot water in your tub, mix a bit, and relax and enjoy bath time!
If you double or triple the recipe, you can store the bath salts individually to use as homemade gifts. Small mason jars work well for this purpose as do cellophane gift bags. Even test tubes make for fun presentation. Glass jars are my preferred method of storing my own salts because they are an airtight container. This keeps the essential oils fresh and protects the aromatherapy benefits.
Here is a printable label for bath salts that you will be giving as gifts, or make you own gift tag if you prefer!
This homemade bath salts recipe is a popular choice for home use or fun gift ideas. You can also store them in a large glass bottle or canister. This is a great way to help keep moisture out and have them ready to use for your next bath at anytime.
This essential oil bath salt is so easy to make and you will really enjoy a relaxing bath soak in it! Have you ever made bath salts before? Give this DIY bath salts recipe a try the next time you are needing an immune system boost!