11 Lavender Bath Salts Benefits + Easy DIY Recipe

Who doesn’t love taking a nice, relaxing bath? Adding bath salts to your bath helps your skin, muscles, and mind more than anything else. 

There are numerous lavender bath salts benefits; I can’t take a bath without them! 

Here are the 11 benefits of lavender bath salts, along with a super-easy DIY recipe to help you take a relaxing, healing bath. 

FAQS 

How do Epsom salts in a bath soothe muscles? 

Epsom salts contain magnesium and minerals that get absorbed into your body that help relax your muscles and the tension that is stored. 

How do we use essential oils in a bath? 

Never just pour essential oils into the bath. Always add them to a carrier oil beforehand, or put them with bath salts before you take a bath. 

What do lavender bath salts do? 

There are so many amazing benefits of lavender bath salts including relaxing you and helping take care of your body. Read below to learn all the benefits of a lavender salt bath. 

How long should you soak in a lavender bath? 

Take your time and enjoy this relaxing bath. You should soak for at least 15-20 minutes to fully enjoy the benefits that come with it. 

What is Epsom salt? 

Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is a mineral compound with many beneficial properties including anti-inflammatory and detoxifying benefits. It makes a great addition to your bath! 

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Lavender Bath Salt Benefits 

Here are just 11 of the amazing benefits you get from taking a salt bath with lavender bath salts. 

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1. Exfoliates Skin 

Epsom salt makes a great exfoliator to remove the dead skin cells, leaving your skin beautiful and healthy. Lavender salts will also help to keep your skin super soft. 

2. Reduces Stress

Any bath is relaxing, but when you add Epsom salt and dried lavender into your bath, nothing can reduce your stress more than that! Next time you have an important meeting coming up, try a lavender bath soak; you won’t be disappointed. 

3. Releases Muscle Tension and Pain

Because Epsom salt contains a lot of magnesium, it will help release all the tension in your muscles, which will reduce your pain. Magnesium has been researched to help tremendously with pain [source]. 

After a long workout, or if your back is feeling tense, try some bath salts and see how you feel afterward! 

Use lavender for your bath when you have painful periods. Your cramps will ease and you’ll feel so much better. 

You might also like taking lavender Epsom salt baths while you are pregnant too!

making bath salts

4. Prepares Your Body for Sleep 

This is one of the best Epsom salt and lavender oil bath benefits: sleep! Lavender essential oil has been known for helping you relax enough to fall asleep, but magnesium does too, especially if you have restless leg snydrome. 

If you have trouble falling asleep, try using some lavender Epsom salts. It is worth a shot!

If you don’t have time for a bath, this magnesium cream works just the same and it is my favorite and is only $8.99. It will also help with your pain. You can read my full review of Goodnight Lotion before you try it out too. 

5. Safe for Kids

I absolutely love that this is a natural and safe thing to use in my children’s baths. It is the perfect thing to add to our nighttime routine. It helps keep their skin soft and relaxes them before bedtime. 

Just make sure you use good quality essential oils to ensure they are safe for your little ones. Mountain Rose Herbs has organic essential oils that are my favorite, but that is not the only company. 

Read my review on these organic essential oils kits and where to find them. 

6. Cleans Your Skin 

Because Epsom salt is a great exfoliator, bath salts will also clean your skin. The lavender buds and essential oil will also help with any cuts and scraps too. 

After your bath, your skin will feel so soft! 

glass jar with epsom salt

7. Detoxes Your Body 

Bath salts work great for detoxing your body. Your body stores a lot of toxins and needs to release them frequently [source].

Try to get in a detox bath at least once a month. Get the water as hot as you can stand and soak your entire body for at least 20-30 minutes. You can also add baking soda to your bath salts to further help your body to detox. 

This is a great detox bath mix already made up in case you don’t have the time to create your own. 

8. Mindfulness 

A bath is a great place to meditate and practice mindfulness. When you have the sweet aroma from the lavender buds and essential oil, it further helps calm your body and mind, making the meditation more effective. 

Try this as a date night activity with your spouse! Here are other great date night activities and mindfulness activities for your spouse

9. Self-Care 

Of course, a bath is usually the first thing everyone thinks of when they think of self-care. But, it is an important one! 

Lavender bath salts are so beneficial that they would be perfect to add to a postpartum care box, or in a self-care kit. It even makes a great self-care gift on its own! 

A bath is not the only self-care activity you should do. Here are some more great self-care ideas, even as a busy mom. 

jar of bath salts with lavender buds

10. Reduces Anxiety 

Lavender is one of the most relaxing essential oils, it helps so many people reduce their anxiety as well. 

Even just the smell of lavender can make a huge difference, but soaking in a bath and smelling the aroma for 15 minutes will help even more. 

Not only that, there has been studies to show that if you are low on magnesium, you are more likely to get anxious about things [source].

There are many other essential oils for anxiety, but lavender is always at the top of my list! 

11. Reduces Dry Skin and Skin Inflammation 

Bath salts help remove dry skin and skin inflammation. Lavender is a great anti-inflammatory, which is why it works great for skin conditions such as eczema. 

You can also try it when you are extra itchy, this will ease the itch and soothe your skin. 

There really isn’t anything that lavender can’t do! 

How to Use Lavender Bath Salts

Keep the bath salts stored in a glass jar. When you are ready to use them, heat up your bathwater. As the water rises, dump some of the bath salts into the water to let them dissolve before you get in. 

You can also use lavender bath salts by rubbing them onto your skin to exfoliate and then let them dissolve in the bath. 

If you are worried about the lavender buds going down the drain or becoming a mess to clean up, put them in a muslin bag that way the bag keeps the buds in place. 

Easy DIY Recipe for Lavender Bath Salts 

DIY bath salts are so easy to do, and you might already have all the ingredients to make yours today! This bath salt recipe uses lavender essential oil and dried lavender buds. 

This is one of the most relaxing and therapeutic bath salts recipes there is! 

My homemade lavender bath salts recipe will make 8 oz, but you can change up the recipe to make more or less. Make these salts for the bath organic by buying only organic ingredients! 

lavender bath salts in a jar

DIY Lavender Bath Salts

Yield: 8 ounces

Materials

  • ¾ cup organic Epsom salts
  • ¼ cup organic dried lavender buds
  • 20 drops organic lavender essential oil
  • Glass jar

Instructions

    1. Add Epsom salts and essential oil to a bowl and stir well to make sure the essential oil goes evenly across the salts.
    2. Add lavender buds and stir to combine.
    3. Store in a glass jar or airtight container. Shake or stir before each use, as the Epsom salts will tend to sink.

    Notes

    1. You don’t have to use Epsom salts. Dead sea salt and Himalayan salt both have magnesium and will make a great addition to bath salts. Epsom salts have the most magnesium, which is why it is usually used.
    2. You can use any essential oil you prefer. I like to use lavender essential oil to enhance the flowers, but any will do!
    3. You can also add baking soda to the recipe to make it more for a detox bath. 

    Lavender Bath Salt Ingredients

    supplies for lavender bath salts
    Please Note: I use Mountain Rose Herbs for my essential oils now

    Directions

    1. Add Epsom salts and essential oil to a bowl and stir well to make sure the essential oil goes evenly across the salts.
    mixing epsom salts and lavender essential oil
    1. Add lavender buds and stir to combine.
    dried lavender buds with epsom salt
    1. Store in a glass jar or airtight container. Shake or stir before each use, as the Epsom salts will tend to sink.
    lavender bath salts in a jar

    Notes

    1. You don’t have to use Epsom salts. Dead sea salt and Himalayan salt both have magnesium and will make a great addition to bath salts. Epsom salts have the most magnesium, which is why it is usually used.
    2. You can use any essential oil you prefer. I like to use lavender essential oil to enhance the flowers, but any will do!
    3. You can also add baking soda to the recipe to make it more for a detox bath. 

    There you have it! Homemade lavender bath salts are extremely easy to make and are so beneficial for your body and mind. Make some today and use these bath salts with lavender next time to need to relax and unwind. 

    If you are giving these as a lavender gift, use a glass container as a great no waste gift wrapping!

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