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how to make your own bath salts

A good soak in a hot bath infused with Epsom salts and aromatics relaxes the body and soothes the senses. You can buy a variety of bath salts, but they are easy to make at home. Even better, you can customize homemade versions with your favorite essential oils. Follow these tips to make a batch for your next bath, or package it in a jar with a festive bow to give as a gift this holiday season.


  • 1 quart-size canning jar (or four 8-oz. jars for gift-giving)
  • 2 ½ cups Epsom salts, extra fine
  • ¼ cup pink or white sea salt, medium grain (optional)
  • ¼ cup pink or white sea salt, coarse grain (optional)

Add-Ins for Relaxation

  • 1–2 ml (about 20–40 drops) essential oil, such as lavender or rose
  • 3 tbs. dried lavender
  • 3 tbs. cornflower or rose petals or other dried flowers

Add-Ins for Energizing

  • 1–2 ml (about 20–40 drops) essential oil, such as grapefruit, orange, lemon, or peppermint
  • Dried zest from one orange, grapefruit, or lemon
  • 2 tbs. dried herbs, such as rosemary or mint


  1. Mix salts together in a large bowl.

  2. Add oil, dried flowers or zest, and herbs, if using, and stir well.

  3. Store in glass jars. Your salts will keep ­indefinitely, but fragrances will begin to fade after six months.

Tip: To use, place in a sachet to retain dried flowers and prevent clogged pipes.

This originally appeared as “How to Make Your Own Bath Salts” in the December 2020 print issue of Experience Life.

Photography: Terry Brennan

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