Inside: This time of the year is filled with exciting holidays and loads of stress! Want to do something that is soothing, relaxing and rejuvenating? Bath salts to the rescue! Take a peek at these 3 amazing bath salt recipes perfect for stressed-out moms and wired kids.
If you’re a parent, undoubtedly, you’re on a 24-7 treadmill! No time off for holidays, summer vacations or weekends. In fact, those times tend to be even more busy for worked out, stressed out moms and dads.
So, parents—when you DO have a few moments for yourself—what do you like to do? Sleep? Exercise? Read? Watch TV? Garden? Or…take a relaxing bath?
When my kids were young and I needed to regroup, (before jumping off a cliff) I liked to do all of the above. However, two things that really helped me to deeply relax, refocus and recharge were: reading a book or magazine while taking a therapeutic bath. It was as easy as putting a cup of Epsom salt in a bath and taking 20 minutes for myself.
DIY Bath Salts
Busy moms need something to do when they are desperately in need of a break. It’s impossible to take a whole day off for R&R, but there are “small” things we can do to recharge our batteries. Therapeutic baths can be that “break” that provide the soothing relief from stresses, strains, and exhaustion. Even a 15-20-minute bath can revitalize the senses and heal the body. And DIY bath salts are super simple to make and can be that activity that makes all the difference in your day or the catalyst for getting to sleep at night.
Kids Also Need Breaks
Even though I’m suggesting these baths for moms and maybe dads—your kids may enjoy making these bath salts with you and trying them out. They can soothe an anxious, overly-active, overly-tired, or unhappy child. But that’s not all, surprisingly, many children have difficulty getting to sleep at night and taking a soothing bath filled with these salts and essential oils will help them nod-off.
Best Time for Bathing
Anytime is a good time for a bath, but here are some basic guidelines
- Bathe on an empty stomach. It’s more comfortable and better for you
- Salt: adding salt will eliminate feeling light-headed when bathing in hot water
- Morning baths are tonic and will stimulate the body; energize and eliminate toxins
- Evening baths are relaxing; are good for relieving stress and helping with insomnia
- When bathing with salts, the bath water should be as close to your body temperature as you can get (97 degrees Fahrenheit). It will give you the best results.
- Bathing after intense exercise helps soothes muscles and joints.
3 Bath Recipes Targeting Different Issues
Here are 3 recipes I concocted. They are easy to make, store well, and target different needs:
- Soothing & Relaxing for Aches, Pains, and Backaches
- Energizing, Rejuvenating and Regenerating
- Detox the Body
Here are the 1-minute step-by-step videos for the bath salt recipes:
DIY Bath Salts: Aches, Pains & Backache Recipe
The ingredients in this recipe target sore muscles, fatigue and eases back pain. But they are also very soothing and relaxing and help moms and kids fall asleep quickly. I like to use Young Living or dōTERRA® essential oils but if you don’t have access to them, try the essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs, Majestic Mountain Sage or Starwest Botanicals.
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1 cup Dead Sea Salt
- 1 cup bicarb soda
- 5 drops peppermint oil
- 5 drops lavender oil
- 5 drops cypress oil
- 5 drops cinnamon oil
- 5 drops Eucalyptus oil
- 5 drops Marjoram oil
- 2 T lavender buds
- Rose Petals (crush some of them)
- Mix together the Epsom salt, Dead Sea salt and bicarb soda in a large bowl
- Add essential oils and mix well
- Gently stir in lavender buds and rose petals
- Store in an air-tight container (if giving these as a gift–test tubes are fun, or jars)
- Use 1 cup of bath salts per bath
- Makes enough for 3 baths
Review from Harrison F. (California)
My wife got this recipe from Sharlene a few years ago. I have diabetes, neuropathy in my feet, neck issues and back pain. I soak in these bath salts every single morning for 20 minutes. I’m not a bath person, but these salts keep me pain-free almost the entire day. We only have one essential oil: Eucalyptus but I think what really makes the difference are the salts. Try it—you’ll be a believer!
DIY Bath Salts: Energizing Bathtub Teabags Recipe
I like using buds, flowers, leaves, and herbs in my bath. However, the disadvantage is cleaning up the bath afterward of the buds, etc. The answer: reusable tea bags. You can fill the bags with citrus peels, buds, and leaves; soak them in your bath and get the same amazing benefits without the hassle of a messy bathtub to clean-up at the end.
I use spice bags for this recipe and old-fashioned oats, not quick oats. Quick oats do not mix well with the bathwater.
- ¼ cup whole oats (dissolves oil on the skin)
- ¼ cup Himalayan bath salts, coarse (helps with acne & dry skin)
- ¼ cup dry milk (Cleopatra took milk baths—very soothing to the skin)
- ¼ cup Dead Sea Salts (reasons why below)
- 1 tsp. whole cloves (great for circulation)
- 1 Tablespoon dried grapefruit peel (energizing)
- 1 Tablespoon dried lemon peel (energizing)
- 1 Tablespoon peppermint leaf (pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory)
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl
- Fill each bag with a ¼ cup of mixture
- To use: fill the bath with water, steep the tea bag in the bath for 5-10 minutes before bathing
- Put the bag under the facet and let the water run over it or squeeze the bag gently under running water
- The recipe makes 4 teabags
Review from Jenna M. (Maryland)
I take a bath every day. I like to add flowers, buds, etc, but I hate cleaning up the mess in the tub. I’ve used a metal tea ball but it only holds 2 T of bath mixture. It’s not enough. Sharlene gave me this recipe and suggested using re-usable tea bags where I get about 1/3 cup mixture per bath. It’s perfect! And you can use the mixture 2-3x.
DIY Bath Salts: Gentle Detox Ginger Bath Recipe
This makes a spicy bath! I use the combination of ginger powder, Epsom salts, and the Dead Sea salts. Together they gently draw out toxins and impurities from the body. It’s also energizing and stimulating. Ginger is a spice so it keeps your water toasty warm. I would highly suggest dry brushing before dipping your toe in this bath. If you are giving this as a gift, sprinkle chamomile flowers on the top of the jar.
- 1 cup Epsom salt (this also helps with detoxing)
- 1 cup Dead Sea Salt
- 1 cup Bicarb soda
- ½-3/4 cup ginger root powder
- ½ cup Himalayan salt
- Chamomile flowers (optional)
- Mix all the ingredients together.
- As the bath is running—put the ingredients in
- The chamomile flowers are wonderful, but if you don’t want to clean them up from the bathtub afterward, either crush them before putting in the mix or just put on top of a jar if giving as a gift.
- Soak for 20 minutes
- Makes enough for 4 baths using 1 cup per bath
Review from Luisa K. (California)
Sharlene gave me this detox recipe several years ago. It’s amazing. You’ll sweat like crazy and feel 100% better afterward. I decided my husband needed to detox. I purchased a big bag of ginger powder and put the whole thing in his bath. He didn’t talk to me for a week—he claimed everything shriveled up. This detox bath works—must try it! (but keep to the 1 cup per bath… ha-ha!)
Here are the benefits of the ingredients used in the baths.
5 Benefits of Epsom Salts
Epsom salt is not actually a salt. It’s a compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. And it’s readily absorbed through the skin and has numerous benefits–most of them related to the magnesium which people do not get enough of in their diets. Here are a few benefits:
1. Soothes sore muscles
Magnesium found in Epsom salts helps the body use glucose and lactic acid which relieves muscle soreness related to exercise.
2. Helps Flush out toxins
The sulfates in Epsom salt are responsible for flushing out toxins and heavy metals from the cells in a process called reverse osmosis which pulls excess salt and harmful substances from the body.
3. Keeps Feet Healthy
Soaking your feet in Epsom salts helps to treat athlete’s foot and toenail fungus; the itching and burning associated with these conditions and helps your feet heal quicker.
4. Reduces stress
Epsom salt baths help to reduce stress. When under stress two things happen: the body is drained of magnesium and adrenaline increases. When taking an Epsom salt bath, magnesium is absorbed through the skin and increases magnesium levels in the body. In turn, magnesium helps to produce serotonin, the mood-elevating chemical that promotes calm and relaxation.
5. Promotes Sleep
The magnesium in Epsom salts promotes sleep by helping the brain produce neurotransmitters that encourage sleep and reduce stress. It also helps the body produce melatonin—a hormone that helps with sleep.
6 Benefits of Dead Sea Salt
Dead Sea Salts are loaded with minerals that heal and support the body, muscles, and skin. They also help with hair loss, water retention, and cellulite. Here are some minerals found in Dead Sea Salt and why they are beneficial:
Promotes healing of skin tissue and is essential for cell metabolism
Soothes the skin, relaxes body muscles and calms nerves
An important mineral for the skin and a natural disinfectant
Regulates moisture and creates a neutral environment for the skin
Acts as a building block for corrective tissue under the skin
Helps with stiffness and muscle cramps
5 Benefits of Himalayan Salts
Himalayan salts are what’s left from a primordial sea once found in the Himalayan mountains. They are considered the purest of all sea salts and one of the best sources of natural minerals. Here are a few of the many benefits of these salts:
When put in water, Himalayan salt draws toxins out of the skin and tissues and feeds the body mineral nutrients which are absorbed through the skin. They will leave you feeling energized.
2. Soothing & Relaxing
Stress is part of being a parent. And one way to combat stress is through a soothing relaxing bath. Himalayan salts added to your bath has been shown to relax the body, regulate stress hormones, reduce tension and help people regain their concentration.
3. Stimulates Circulation
Taking a bath with Himalayan salts will cause your arteries and veins to expand and give more space for blood to flow. As a result, it will improve circulation and even help with cellulite—which is caused by poor blood circulation.
4. Mineralizes Our Body
In order for our bodies to work at peak levels—we need minerals and pink Himalayan salt is loaded with minerals such as calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium copper, potassium, selenium, and zinc. In a process called dermal absorption (meaning absorbed through the skin), these minerals are soaked up from the water and absorbed into our skin.
5. Helps with Insomnia
Did you know that 60+ million Americans have sleep issues of one kind or another? Try adding Himalayan salts to your bathwater (along with Epsom salts). More than likely, they will help because they relax the body and reduce stress. Our body temperature naturally drops at night and a soak in the tub before you go to bed causes a rapid cool-down immediately afterward and helps the body to relax.
6 Essential Oils & Their Benefits
A powerful anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, antibacterial, antiviral
An anti-inflammatory, analgesic, relaxant, and combats excess sebum on skin
Improves circulation and lymphatic drainage; reduces water retention and strengthens the vascular system
An anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, circulatory stimulant
An anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antibacterial
Assists in relieving spasms, calming to the nerves, relieves headaches
Moms: try one of these bath salt baths. After noticing relaxing results from something so simple you’ll want to add a bath to your daily routine. Also, check out a previous blog I wrote about additional ways moms, dads, and kids can relax: Want to Relax? Here are 3 Inspiring Ideas to Help…
Here is the “Teaching Tips for Parents” section. Use these ideas as springboards for critical and creative thinking. Asking questions, comparing and contrasting and learning how to substitute will get your kids thinking on all 4-cylinders.
If you have bath salt recipes that you swear by or want to share an amazing experience with bath salts–please comment in the section below.