How to Use Bath Salts

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If you want a truly luxurious soak, add bath salts the next time you run a bath. Purchase or make bath salts with your favorite type of salt. Leave the bath salts as they are or mix in colors or essential oils for fragrance. If you'd like to find more uses for your bath salts, try them in the shower or as exfoliating body scrubs. Store the bath salts in an airtight container and use them whenever your skin feels a little dry.

Using Bath Salts in the Tub

  1. Choose your bath salts. You can buy or make your own bath salts. Most bath salts are made using Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts. You can also look for products that contain pink sea salt, Dendritic salt, or Icelandic Geothermal Brine. Your bath salts may be fine, grainy, or coarse depending on the texture you prefer.
    • For a very simple bath salt, you can simply use dye and fragrance-free Epsom salts.
  2. Add color to the bath salts. If you want to add a burst of color to your bath, mix in a few drops of liquid or gel food coloring. Add just a few drops so you don't dissolve the salt and continue to mix in more food coloring until you get the shade you're looking for.
    • If you're mixing different colors of bath salts, keep them in separate containers since the colors may bleed into each other as the bath salts are stored.
  3. Include essential oils, if desired. If you're using Epsom or Dead Sea bath salts that don't include any fragrances, add 6 to 12 drops of your favorite essential oil. You can use just one type of essential oil or make a combination. You can use essential oils to treat your skin or enhance your mood.
    • For example, for an energizing bath, include grapefruit, bergamot, and peppermint essential oils.
    • For example, if you have acne-prone skin, add a few drops of tea tree, geranium, or lavender essential oil.
  4. Fill the tub half full and add the bath salts. Put the plug in your bathtub and run hot water. Fill the tub halfway with water that's as hot as you like it and pour in about 1/2 cup (120 g) of prepared bath salts. Use your hands to swirl the water in the tub so the salts dissolve. For a stronger concentration, you can add more bath salts.
    • For a therapy bath, consider using 1 to 2 cups (240 to 480 g) of Epsom salts. The high levels of magnesium in the salts can reduce muscle ache.
  5. Fill the tub with more water. Turn the hot water back on and fill the tub as high as you like. Dip your hands in the water to check the temperature. The water should be as comfortably hot as you can make it.
  6. Soak in the tub for at least 10 minutes. Get into the tub and breathe in the hot steam as you soak. To get the full benefits of the bath salts, try to soak for at least 10 minutes. Continue to soak as long as you like before draining the tub.
    • If your bath salts contain oils, use caution when getting out of the tub. The oils may make the bottom of the tub slippery.

Finding Other Uses

  1. Mix the salts into a shower scrub. Measure 1 cup (240 g) of Dead Sea or Epsom salt into a bowl and stir in 1/3 cup (80 ml) of your favorite oil (such as sweet almond, coconut, grapeseed, or olive). Add 12 drops of essential oils and 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of vitamin E oil. Stir the mixture into a thick paste that you can scrub over your skin when you shower. Just rinse off the mixture and enjoy softer skin.
    • You can store the shower scrub in an airtight plastic container. Ensure that water doesn't get into the container when you're opening it in the shower or you may introduce bacteria into the scrub.
  2. Use bath salts to make a foot bath. If you don't have the time or space to run a full bath, fill a large basin three-quarters full of hot water. Stir in 1/2 cup (120 g) of bath salts until they're dissolved. Sit down and place your feet into the foot bath. Soak your feet for 10 minutes.
    • Avoid soaking your feet in bath salts if you have diabetes. Soaking your feet can dry out your feet and cause cracking that may lead to infection.
  3. Turn the bath salts into an exfoliating scrub. You can use an exfoliating bath salt scrub on your face or anywhere you have dry skin. Combine 1/2 cup (120 g) of Dead Sea or Epsom salt with 1/4 cup (60 ml) of oil that's gentle on your skin. You can use jojoba, sweet almond, or vitamin E oil. Rub some of the bath salt scrub onto your wet skin, massage the skin for a few seconds, and then rinse it off.
    • If you want a fragrance, stir in 4 to 5 drops of essential oil.
    • For a runnier scrub, add 2 to 3 more tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) of oil.

Warnings

  • If you're pregnant, avoid using bath salts that contain Dead Sea salts. The high mineral content can make the water too hot and increase your heart rate.

Things You'll Need

Using Bath Salts in the Tub

  • Bath salts
  • Food coloring, optional
  • Essential oils, optional
  • Bathtub

Finding Other Uses

  • Oil
  • Essential oils
  • Storage container
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Basin
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