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Calming Lavender Bath Salts

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DIY Beauty, Homemade Gifts10 min
Calming Lavender Bath Salts make for simple, affordable, and beautiful holiday gifts for anyone who deserves a little pampering.

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I think we all know that a warm bath at the end of a long day is a relaxing, luxurious act of self-care—that’s not brand-new information. But what you might not know is that a good bath can also be medicinal.

An average adult has over five million (!) pores in their skin, and when we soak in the tub, our bodies act a whole lot like sponges. We suck up whatever goodness (or badness– that’s why I always soak in filtered water) that is in our tub. Herbalists and natural medicine practitioners have been using healing baths for centuries to treat all kinds of ailments. My doctor even prescribed daily medicinal baths as part of my Lyme treatment protocol.

If taking a bath seems too indulgent for your chaotic schedule, maybe it would help to reframe taking a bath as actually taking your medicine—because by adding a few affordable, easy-to-find ingredients to your soaking water, that’s exactly what you’d be doing!

Split shot of making Calming Lavender Bath Salts. On the left, ingredients for the salts. On the right, a hand pouring lavender into a bowl of ingredients.

There are a number of ways a bath can be medicinal, but today, we’re going to focus on the two main ways that make up these Calming Lavender Bath Salts. First, you will be basically turning your tub into a giant cup of herbal, medicinal tea. Yup, you heard me! You’re going to be soaking in tea, and your body is going to love it.

What is the best way to make this homemade bath salt recipe?

You can do this by putting medicinal herbs directly into your bath water, as we do here with the lavender in these bath salts. If you don’t like the idea of a mess to clean up (a quick post-bath shower helps rinse all the lavender flowers off your body and down the drain), you can also place your herbs in a nut milk bag, tie it to the faucet, and let the water flow through. Or, my preferred method is to actually make a strong infusion of the herbs and then pour the strained tea directly into my bath water. All three methods work beautifully, it just depends on what you prefer. We’re sticking with the whole herb version here because my gosh, do lavender buds look (and smell!) gorgeous in this blend!

Overhead shot of Calming Lavender Bath Salts in a glass jar, with kraft labels and lavender sprigs nearby

What are the benefits of bath salts?

The second way these bath salts turn a bath medicinal is via the salts themselves. Did you know that it’s estimated that half of us are magnesium deficient? Magnesium deficiency can lead to headaches, anxiety, constipation, muscle cramps, and a host of other symptoms. Our body absorbs magnesium transdermally (through our skin), and some experts believe it is a healthier way to supplement magnesium (and without any of the side effects that come from oral supplementation). And did you know that Epsom salts are 100% pure magnesium sulfate?

The combination of Epsom salt (magnesium!) with the pink Himalayan salt (a whole host of other trace minerals!) and lavender (calming and relaxing!) in these bath salts, you have one heck of a healing powerhouse in a simple package that can be gifted to anyone you love this holiday season.

Three glass jars of Calming Lavender Bath Salts with gift tags and sprigs of lavender

Why should I make these DIY lavender bath salts?

When it comes to affordable handmade holiday gifts, these bath salts top the charts. Even including the jars, you could make six of these babies for about $5 a piece—making these perfect teacher gifts, girlfriend gifts, or gifts for anyone who deserves a little pampering. They are simple enough to make with kids and thoughtful enough to give to even your closest friends. Bath salts are a holiday gift giving win!

For the pretty factor, I do recommend investing in some dried lavender flowers—you’ll end up finding a million uses for them in your house—but from a cash-saving standpoint, they aren’t necessary if you use a high-quality lavender essential oil. Some people also prefer not to use the flowers because they do collect in your tub. I find no issues with just running a quick shower afterward to send the flowers down the drain, but that might not be your thing—if not, leave the flowers out!

Split shot of making Calming Lavender Bath Salts. On the left, a wooden spoon stirring the ingredients together. On the right, a wooden spoon pouring salts into a glass jar.

I created a fun gift tag label for you to print out and use on these bath salts, too. Print it on pretty kraft paper– then you can fold it in half, tie it on with a bit of twine and a dried lavender sprig, and head out and spread your holiday cheer. Enjoy!

 

Swing-top glass jar of Calming Lavender Bath Salts

Calming Lavender Bath Salts Recipe

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Low

Calming Lavender Bath Salts make for simple, affordable, and beautiful holiday gifts for anyone who deserves a little pampering.

Materials

  • 4 cups Epsom salts
  • 2 cup coarse or medium pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 60 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/2 cup dried lavender flowers, optional

Tools

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Epsom salts and rock sea salt.
  2. Sprinkle the lavender essential oil over the salts, and toss very well to combine.
  3. Add in the lavender buds, if using, and toss to incorporate.
  4. Divide the mixture into the half-pint storage jars and close.
  5. Print the labels, cut them out, and then fold in half. Using a small hole punch, punch a hole in the corner, then attach to the jar using twine. Tie on one sprig of lavender, and gift to someone you love!

Notes

  • To use: Dissolve 1 cup (or a large handful) of homemade bath salts in hot bath water, and relax and soak for at least 20 minutes.
  • Salt absorbs the moisture in the air, so these salts may begin to harden after a few weeks. Using an airtight jar (like the latch top jars we use here—you may see them sold as bail jars) will help, but if they do end up hardening, just use a fork to “fluff” them.
  • The lavender flowers will need to be rinsed off your body and the tub after using. If that extra step bugs you, just leave them out.

 

 

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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16 Responses
  1. Diane Lane

    Thank you for the recipe
    Just wondering the essential oils are these the same as the ones u can add to water in a diffuser and if so are they safe on skin please

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Diane! Yes, these are the same essential oils. They’re safe in these bath salts because they’re diluted in all that water and not being applied directly to the skin!

  2. Simon

    Cool project. But I think leave the bit out about magnesium absorption and deficiency. Only ingested magnesium L-threonate supplements are capable of permeating the blood brain barrier. There’s no chance soaking in a bath of magnesium will have any beneficial effects in this respect. I’m totally on board with bath salts providing a calming experience and pleasant aromas though.

  3. Dara

    Could I put my dried lavender in a blender? Or the lavender with some salt and give it a quick run through a small chopper? This would make the flowers smaller for the drain.

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Dara! The lavender flowers will be small enough to go down the drain without any additional chopping or blending needed. You’ll likely need to give your body and your tub a rinse to help them on their way, though! Some folks would rather avoid all that so they choose to leave them out. If you’d like to blend or chop the dried flowers smaller, you certainly could. But we don’t find it necessary!

    1. Julie Grice

      They absorb moisture from the air and might start to harden in a few weeks (which you can just fluff up with a fork and they will work just fine!), so if you want them to be fresh, I’d do it a week or two in advance.

      1. Danielle @Wholefully

        Hi, Caroline! The oil is absorbed into the salts, which keeps it from separating when you add it to your bath. If you decide to try these out, let us know how they turn out for you!

    1. Cassie Johnston

      They last just fine, the salt just absorbs some of the moisture from the air. After a few weeks, you just need to break them up before using. 🙂

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