We’re all trying to save water nowadays, so showering is the rule for most households. But one should never underestimate the power of a bath, especially one with salts and essential oils added.

Baths are wonderful for all sorts of ailments, from tired, achy muscles and muscles cramps to colds and flus and stressed out minds.  Making your own bath salts is super easy and quite inexpensive. Let’s look at some of the ingredients you would use.

Sea Salt in your bath is healthy and cleansing and stimulates circulation, hydrates the skin, increases moisture retention, promotes cellular regeneration and helps heal dry, irritated skin. Sea Salt also reduces inflammation in the joints and muscles and helps relax the muscles. Natural salt contains many minerals, including magnesium and potassium which are absorbed through the skin during your bath.

Epsom Salt is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate. Epsom Salt is known for its many health benefits, so adding it to your bath is a great way to enjoy these. Magnesium helps reduce inflammation, regulates the activity of many enzymes and promotes muscle and nerve function.  Stress drains the body of magnesium so relaxing in a warm bath with Epsom Salts being absorbed through the skin, will help replenish the magnesium levels in the body. Magnesium also helps produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical which creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Sulphites help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush out toxins and help ease migraines.

Bicarbonate of Soda is used to detoxify and alkalise the body in a natural, safe and inexpensive way. It can help balance over acidic skin, soften the skin and promote gentle elimination of toxins.

Essential oils will encourage relaxation, help to create balance, calm and destress you and prepare you for a good night’s rest.

A word of warning: Pregnant women and people with High Blood Pressure or heart problems should consult their doctors before using these natural bath salts.

Here are some formulas for your own divine bath salts. Combine them all together in a bowl or jar, then pour into the bath under the running tap, waiting for the salts to dissolve before you climb in.

Sea Salt half cup

Epsom Salts 2 cups

Bicarbonate of Soda half cup

10 – 15 drops Essential oils

Essential oil blends:

7 drops Lavender and 5 drops Bergamot

5 drops Geranium, 5 drops Lavender, 3 drops Jasmine

5 drops of Lavender, 3 drops Lime, 2 drops Neroli

5 drops Neroli, 5 drops Lavender, 2 drops Jasmine

5 drops Chamomile Roman, 5 drops Lavender, 2 drops Rose

6 drops Lavender, 4 drops Marjoram, 5 drops Chamomile

5 drops Cedarwood, 3 drops Clary Sage, 2 drops Bergamot

5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Tea Tree and 3 drops Eucalyptus

Or any other lovely combination of essential oils you prefer.

Remember that adding too much of the stimulating oils like Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Black Pepper and Peppermint might keep your brain too stimulated to let you sleep.

Once you’re out of the bath, lay down on your bed and rest, allowing your mind to further relax.