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DIY bath salts: Individual relaxation for body and mind

DIY bath salts: Individual relaxation for body and mind
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Making your own bath salts can be a fulfilling and therapeutic activity. It offers the opportunity to tailor specific scents and ingredients to your personal needs while having fun. Bath salts can help you relieve stress, improve overall well-being and promote peaceful sleep. In addition, they can be tuned for specific moods such as romance, reading relaxation, detoxification and rejuvenation.

The basis for making bath salts is sea salt, which is valued for its therapeutic properties and high mineral content. The salt helps draw toxins from the body and exfoliate the skin while providing essential minerals. You can use any sea salt, including Dead Sea bath salt or Epsom salt.
In addition to salt, baking soda is another important ingredient that helps balance the pH of the water and soften the skin. Plant oils such as olive, coconut or jojoba oil help moisturize the skin, while essential oils are added for their fragrance and therapeutic properties.

Optionally, flower petals or medicinal herbs can be added for an aesthetic touch and additional fragrance. For example, lavender and rose have a calming effect, while thyme has antiseptic properties.

Here is a basic recipe for bath salts:


2 cups sea salt
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (olive, coconut or jojoba oil)
15 to 20 drops of essential oil
Optional: 1-2 tablespoons of flower petals or medicinal herbs.


Mix the sea salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
Add the vegetable oil and stir well until everything is well mixed.
Add the essential oil and mix again.
If you like, add the flower petals or medicinal herbs and mix again.
Transfer the bath salts to an airtight jar and store in a cool, dry place.

You can use different essential oils for different moods. Here are some suggestions:

Stress relief: lavender, chamomile or ylang ylang.
Romance: rose, jasmine or ylang ylang.
Reading: Citrus such as bergamot or orange to improve alertness.
Detoxification: eucalyptus, tea tree or lemongrass.
Rejuvenation: Peppermint, rosemary or lemongrass.

The above recipes are only suggestions and you can combine and experiment with different essential oils depending on your preferences and needs. Be sure to use the essential oils in moderate amounts, as they are very concentrated and can cause skin irritation. Have fun making your own bath salts!