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DIY Relaxing Bath Soak

0 Posted by - May 5, 2013 - Body Skincare, Skincare

I’m a big fan of Epsom Salts. Just another name for magnesium sulphate, soaking in them is said to boost magnesium levels which can help you to sleep and soothe tired muscles. Clean & Lean author (one of my favourite ‘health’ books), James Duigan, rates them for encouraging ‘the body to shed toxins quickly, boosting digestion and reducing cellulite’. But they aren’t terribly glamorous so here’s a ridiculously easy method for pepping them up a bit.

I’ve seen some astronomical prices for bath soaks that are essentially just epsom salts and essential oils, but this costs about £1 to fill a jar with enough for 2-3 baths.

Take a couple of cups, about 500g, of Epsom salts and put them in a mixing bowl. I get 5kg at a time from WestLab but you can find smaller quantities in most pharmacies. Add a few drops of essential oils and mix thoroughly. The combination and ratio is up to you but aim for about 10 drops per cup of salts. I used lavender, eucalytpus, peppermint and tea tree for a flu-soothing soak. For relaxation try lavender, clary sage and geranium. For sore muscles try wintergreen, rosemary and lavender.

Optional – add some dried flowers of some description, I’m using dried lavender but rose petals would also be good, to the bowl. I’d suggest a small handful; any more and you’ll spend an hour scraping them from your bath which rather defeats the relaxing idea. You could also throw some sea salt into the mix but I tend to find it quite drying.

Stick the whole lot into a totally dry jar (or Ziploc bag!) and hey presto, a super relaxing bath soak. You need about 200-300g (1-1.5 cups) of salts per bath. Add to the tub and swirl around just before you get in and try to stay put for 15 minutes before getting out or adding anything else to the water. I use the soak once or twice a week for maximum effect.


  • Amy May 5, 2013 - 8:28 am Reply

    Definitely giving this a go once I return home, my accommodation here at university has only showers :(

    I like the idea of making your own bath salts, it must save quite a lot of money.

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

  • Josie May 5, 2013 - 8:31 am Reply

    This is such a great idea, and in the jar would make a lovely gift :)

    I already have tea tree and lavender oil so I’ll have to give this a go x

  • HETTY May 5, 2013 - 8:32 am Reply

    This is such a good idea! I take an Epsom salts bath every Sunday night, as I feel it kind of ‘wipes the slate clean’ after a weekend of eating larger meals and drinking the odd glass of wine. Partly psychological, I’m sure, but it does feel detoxing! Your kilner jar idea will look a lot more attractive in my bathroom than the big paper bag currently gracing the counter!

  • Angelica P May 5, 2013 - 8:42 am Reply

    This is a really lovely DIY post :) This is exactly the time of year that I need relaxing baths (university exams are no less than evil) so I’ll definitely give this a try xx

    Angelica // OneLittleVice

  • molly May 5, 2013 - 8:49 am Reply

    this is so easy, i will have to try making this myself xxxx

  • Sophie Watson May 5, 2013 - 9:02 am Reply

    Such a great idea! I’ll have to try this for myself :)

    Sophie xo | thatswhatsophiesaid

  • Talisa Tossell May 5, 2013 - 9:13 am Reply
  • Natalie May 5, 2013 - 10:18 am Reply

    Such a good idea! I reckon I’ll give your sore muscle concoction a go!


  • oh emma May 5, 2013 - 10:39 am Reply

    i use epsom salts with a cream cleanser and a drop of jojoba oil every week and my skin looks better afters more than any other expensive mask i’ve tried. epsom salts are v incredible x

  • Allie May 5, 2013 - 11:07 am Reply

    This sounds lovely. Definitely one to try :-)

    Allie from

  • Paulina Siedlecka May 5, 2013 - 11:21 am Reply

    I am so going to try this! such a fab idea!


  • Maddy May 5, 2013 - 11:26 am Reply

    Mmm, looks lovely and I can’t believe the health benefits they have! xxx

    Maddy from

  • kelstr0 May 5, 2013 - 11:59 am Reply

    I can’t wait to try this out, it seems like an easy enough to make without me mucking it up!

    Cheers, Kelsey.

  • Bouncing Babs May 5, 2013 - 2:10 pm Reply

    I love homemade bath soaks. I like to add a bit of lemon peel for a nice citrus cent!

  • Krystel May 5, 2013 - 2:22 pm Reply

    This looks very nice :-) will have to try this xx

  • AlittlebitUnique // UK blog May 5, 2013 - 3:02 pm Reply
  • Fiona Lily May 5, 2013 - 4:07 pm Reply

    I really like the idea, might give this a go :)
    Plus, I love the smell of lavender!

  • Rachel May 5, 2013 - 4:29 pm Reply

    This is such a good idea, I’ve always been put off by the astronomical prices that some places charge… especially when I’m generally more of a shower than a bath person! Now to hunt down some Epsom salts… X

  • Steph May 5, 2013 - 4:57 pm Reply

    I love all your healthy diy bits and bobs Meg (: obviously I enjoy the beauty aspect of your blog too but I feel like it’s the homemade goodies that really sets you apart (: x

  • Leanne Rachel May 5, 2013 - 5:07 pm Reply

    I love making my own bath soaks! Lovely DIY xx

    Leanne | Seeking Serendipity

  • flittychick May 5, 2013 - 5:27 pm Reply

    I only recently heard about the benefits of epsom salt baths & I agree, they are a bit boring on their own! This is a great idea, will def. try it out!

  • Georgia Butcher May 5, 2013 - 5:44 pm Reply

    This is a lovely idea :) Would make a nice present too!
    Georgia x | Twitter | facebook|bloglovin

  • A Rose and a Peony May 5, 2013 - 9:27 pm Reply

    Awesome idea, especially with Mother’s Day coming up in Australia
    Jess x

  • Bex May 5, 2013 - 9:37 pm Reply

    Brilliant idea! I’ve been looking for a DIY post on this all week!x

  • jenny (beautykissxo) May 6, 2013 - 12:05 am Reply

    This is a great idea! Will have to try it out soon!

  • Stephy Penny May 6, 2013 - 3:29 am Reply

    I just followed your instructions and I have to say I feel amazing! Thanks for the tips xo

  • Carissa May 6, 2013 - 9:10 am Reply

    This is such a nice idea, would make a great gift
    Carissa xx
    Vanilla Crush Blog

  • Tenneil Allmark May 6, 2013 - 11:26 am Reply

    You do some really neat DIYs. I had no idea epsom salts had so many wonderful benefits. I have such trouble sleeping and I know I could with more warm, relaxing baths to help put me into slumber. I’ll definitely be trying this out!

  • Zo Bloggs May 6, 2013 - 11:50 am Reply

    I love your DIY posts Meg. I am also a lover of Epsom Salt baths so I think it’s great how you have jazzed them up with Essential Oils. Definitely giving it a go soon…

    From a fellow insomniac.

    Zo x

  • Ellie May 6, 2013 - 12:39 pm Reply

    I love your DIY’s :) I think I’m going to give this one a go, I love a nice relaxing bath :) Hope your having a lovely bank holiday Meg xx

  • Day Dream Nation May 7, 2013 - 12:26 am Reply

    Brilliant post!!! Really enjoy reading it. Thank you.

  • Celina May 8, 2013 - 12:14 am Reply

    I like using eucalyptus and lemon essential oils in my DIY bath salts and salt scrubs. It helps keep me energized and fresh throughout the day.

  • Lauren Duncan May 8, 2013 - 8:59 pm Reply

    REALLY want to give this a go, could do with a muscle relaxer I think :). Great idea!

    Lauren x

  • cleartheway May 9, 2013 - 6:15 am Reply

    This looks luxurious and easy.

    And now I’m craving a tub!

    Kate from Clear the Way

  • sdevarax May 16, 2013 - 1:40 am Reply

    what a wonderful idea and it’ll look so gorgeous next to the bath.

  • Eve May 19, 2013 - 7:16 pm Reply

    Wow, such a great idea! Definetely trying by myself, thanks for sharing!


  • Natalie October 30, 2013 - 2:44 pm Reply

    I make little parcels with Epsom salts. Use old muslin cloth cut them in the squares and tie them up with some string. That way you can add all sort of herbs, flowers to it and after you have finished just tip what has left of it in the bin rinse and dry and it’s ready to go for the next time. There is no mess in the bath either. I prepare them at the weekend and make few varieties. You never know what you might fancy on the day :-)

  • natalie carvell @itsnmc November 4, 2014 - 5:37 pm Reply

    i love this idea for xmas. love the links to buy fresh dried herbs/flowers also!

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