DIY Detoxing Bath Soak Recipe

Bath soaks help the body to relax and detox as well as give it an added boost of magnesium. I'm sharing my very easy bath salt recipe today. You can add it to the bath or simply to a basin of water for a foot bath.

Why are bath salt soaks a good thing?

Salt soaks are a great natural skin treatment and are perfect for sensitive skin and can even help people who suffer from eczema. Salts are high in minerals and in the bath you are allowing the skin to absorb them topically. Bath salts can help with sore muscles helping to reduce inflammation.  Epsom salt also known as magnesium sulfate is a compound made up of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. As its name spells out, it is high in magnesium, which a lot of people tend to be deficient in. Adding it to your bath is an excellent way to boost your levels. The list of benefits goes on and on...

Below is my tried and true recipe. You can make it with all of the ingredients or you can get by with just the Sea Salt & Epsom Salt if that's all you have.

First things first. Use Sea Salt, not iodized table salt. They are different, table salts are heavily refined leaving little to no minerals. Plus table salts generally include anti-caking agents which would be best left out of the bath. You want to use a good quality salt. I do however commonly substitute Himalayan Salt, which is not a sea salt but still has its minerals intact. Honestly there's quite the great debate over salts and which are best for consumption but that's a whole other post:) Ideally, you want to use an unrefined salt in your bath soak recipe.


1 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup Sea Salt
1/4 cup Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
2 Tablespoons ground dried Lavender Buds
1 Tablespoon Ground Rosemary
5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil


1) Mix Epsom Salt, Sea Salt & Baking Soda in bowl.

2) With a coffee grinder or pestle grind lavender buds and rosemary. I prefer to grind my herbs well for bath salts as it makes tub clean up easier after the bath. You can also buy your Rosemary in a powder form  thus removing the need to grind it.

3) Add both herbs to mix. With hands, thoroughly mix salts. Using your hands is the best way, an electric stand mixer just doesn't work.

4) Once combined add optional Essential Oils and thoroughly mix in same manor as above and bottle up. Both of these essential oils are being used in this recipe topically and via aromatherapy. They are diluted quite a bit in the bath so the primary benefits are received through aromatherapy. In aromatherapy Frankincense is great for relieving anxiety and is an aid for coughs and colds. Lavender is great at promoting calmness and wellness. Feel free to leave them out if you wish or change up the blend. Any appropriate synergy blend from a reputable company can be used in exchange. I sometimes make many different batches with several different essential oil blends, so have fun with it.

This recipe makes one pint sized jar.

Epsom salt can become hard after time. However, with a few shakes of the container it will loosen back up and then will easily be able to pour again.

To use, simply add to warm/hot bath water. A foot bath is also a common way to use salts as well.

I like to make large batches. These are ideal gifts, whether that be for Christmas, Birthdays or Hostess gifts. I always try to have a few on hand.

Happy mixing and I hope you have a very relaxing bath time. Please comment below with any questions.

Important: I am not a doctor or medical professional and the advice in this post is for informational purposes only. If you are pregnant or have a health condition, consult a doctor before adding anything to your health routine.

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