Homemade bath salts are SO SO easy to make yourself. They offer a great way to take advantage of the healing, relaxing, and restorative powers of warm baths in the winter. Epsom salts have been used for generations to relieve aches and pains. More specifically, they provide you with a dose of magnesium, a mineral that is often lacking in our modern diets. Magnesium’s many powers include: maintaining normal nerve and muscle function, supporting a healthy immune system, keeping the heart beat steady, and helping bones remain strong. It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aids in the production of energy and protein (from Medline).
When you make bath salts at home, it is also fun to experiment with different combinations of essential oils. In addition to smelling good (without exposing you to synthetic fragrances), each essential oil has an array of superpowers that help promote health and wellness. A simple google search can help you understand the range of benefits from each different essential oil or provide you with essential oil suggestions for treating a specific heath condition or promoting a feeling or mood.
Simple Homemade Bath Salts (adapted from Wellness Mama):
- 4 cups epsom salts (very cheap and available at all drug stores)
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 40 drops of essential oils (available at health food stores and online)
Mix together in a glass bowl. Store in a quart canning jar. Use 1 cup per bath.