The fresh, invigorating scent of lemon zest and essential oil, along with the calming fragrance of rosemary, add a luscious note to this DIY recipe for bath salts. It’s easy an inexpensive to make, so it’s an easy way to pamper yourself for a DIY spa day. Stored in a mason jar with a ribbon tied around the neck, it makes an attractive and thoughtful homemade gift.
First – What Are Epsom Salts Anyway??
Epsom salts get their name from Epsom, in Surrey, England, where the compound occurs naturally in local spring water. You’ll find Epsom salts in your local pharmacy, and maybe in your grocery store or natural foods emporium too. It’s an inexpensive ingredient that won’t break the bank.
A chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen, Epsom salts break down into magnesium and sulfate in water. The theory is that these nutrients are absorbed into the body through the skin. Although there aren’t a lot of studies on its efficacy, Epsom salts have been used for centuries as a balm for sore muscles and even to help alleviate the pain of arthritis, fibromyalgia and more.
Certainly, you should consult your physician before using anything to treat any health condition, but it has been a popular home remedy for generations. Limited studies so far do suggest that it helps the body absorb magnesium, a mineral which many people do not consume enough of.
2 cups Epsom salt
1/2 cup baking soda
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary
6 drops lemon essential oil
3 tablespoons lemon zest, finely grated
- Chop the fresh rosemary to a very fine texture.
- Combine the Epsom salt and baking soda in a bowl.
- Add 3 drops lemon essential boil and mix the ingredients together thoroughly.
- Add the remaining drops of essential oil.
- Add the minced rosemary and lemon zest, and mix all ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.
- Be sure to run a bath with water that is as warm as you find comfortable.
- Add the bath salts as the water is running to help them dissolve.
- Use about 1 cup for a regular sized tub.
- Not recommended for hot tubs, whirlpool tubs, or other tubs with jets.