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Anti-Inflammatory Relaxing Spa Treatment

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Who else remembers begging for 5 more minutes of outside play to put off bath time as a child? I do! Now, all of the sudden a relaxing bath might be the best part of my week! I will never understand why some people do not like baths. Personally, I love baths! In my opinion, the best way to jazz up your bath and feel like you’re giving yourself a real spa treatment is to use bath salts. To avoid questionable ingredients like dyes or artificial scents I suggest making your own bath salts rather than buying them. It is inexpensive, easy, and has real health benefits too. Therefore, I wanted to share my favorite homemade bath salt recipe. This is also a thoughtful homemade gift idea for a fellow “spoonie” friend or someone who just needs a pampering home spa day.

Besides the relaxing effects of this bath, it has health benefits as well. Epsom salts are also known as magnesium sulfate, and bathing with them can contribute to your magnesium levels as it is absorbed through the skin. Magnesium is an essential nutrient and is necessary for thousands of functions at a cellular level. Reduced levels of magnesium have been connected to depression, anxiety, and inflammation (Boyle et al., 2016; Tarleton et al., 2017). Many people do not get enough magnesium in their diet so taking regular baths with Epsom salt/magnesium sulfate can help add to your magnesium intake and has even been shown to help reduce CRP levels, a marker of chronic inflammation (Simental-Mendia et al., 2017).

This recipe only calls for three simple ingredients. All you need is unscented Epsom salt, aka magnesium sulfate, a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil, a good quality essential oil, and a quart glass container (preferably with a lid). My favorite scent for evening baths is lavender because it is calming and relaxing. However, you may use any scent you enjoy. Whatever scent you choose make sure you use high-quality essential oils. Many brands are filled with synthetics that you want to avoid. I personally use the brand DoTerra because of its high quality and potency. Doterra is used exclusively by many research facilities for this reason, and this is why I trust the brand (GlobeNewswire, 2020).

Important Tips:

  1. I suggest mixing the ingredients in a glass jar, then pouring it into your bathwater. This is important for three reasons. 1). If you pour the ingredients first, then realize your water is too hot or cold you’ll need to let out some water to adjust the temperature. In the process of doing this, you will lose some of your ingredients. 2). Since this recipe calls for essential oils, you will need to add dilute with a carrier oil. If essential oils are added directly to the water, droplets will sit on the surface and cling to your skin when you enter/exit the water. This can result in a stinging sensation. Diluting essential oils with another oil will prevent this. You might not think this is necessary because you’re diluting them in water but remember, water and oil do not mix, so the essential oils will not actually dilute in the water, and the concentrated droplets will remain at the surface. Trust me, take it from someone who has made this mistake do NOT forgo this ingredient. 3). The last reason you should premix the ingredients is that when you get in the filled tub the water level will rise and some will go down the drain, along with your bath ingredients. One way to avoid this minor yet frustrating occurrence is to use an overflow cover. Yes, these exist! The idea came to me during a bath. I was unable to fully relax since I was getting a foot cramp from pushing my feet over the drain outlet. I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was something you could place over that thing to prevent the water from draining?” At the time I thought I came up with a new innovative idea but when I looked it up it already existed! I use the one linked below, and it really works! I wish I found this item years ago. It simply suctions to the tub, covers the outlet, and voila! It adds valuable inches to your bath water which can make all the difference in your relaxing experience, especially when trying to soak your neck and shoulders. Just remember to not forget about the water. Yikes!!

  2. Always make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after baths to avoid becoming dehydrated. Ok on to the fun part!


  • 2 Cups of unscented Epsom salt

  • 10-15 drops of essential oil

  • 2 Tsp of carrier oil (coconut or jojoba are my favorites!)

  • 1-quart glass container or jar (preferably with a lid)

  • A small glass bowl for mixing the essential oil with the carrier


  1. Pour the Epsom salt into your quart glass container. Set aside

  2. In the other small glass container, combine the carrier oil and essential oils to dilute them. Once mixed, pour this solution into the jar of Epsom salt.

  3. If your container has a lid, cover tightly, and shake vigorously to mix all ingredients. If there is no lid stir well until the oil is well distributed among the salts.

  4. After you are in the tub and have adjusted the water temperature and level appropriately, pour the entire contents of the jar into your bath and swirl the water to dissolve the salts.

  5. Relax and enjoy!

To enhance your experience, perhaps play some relaxing music, dim the lights, light some flameless candles, or even add a bath pillow to make yourself even more comfortable! If you trust yourself not to drop it in the tub and are not working on soaking your neck and shoulders, maybe even read a book with the help of a handy bath tray

Thanks for reading and enjoy your relaxing bath time!

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Boyle, N. B., Lawton, C. L., & Dye, L. (2016). The effects of magnesium supplementation on subjective anxiety. The effects of magnesium supplementation on subjective anxiety. Magnesium research, 29(3), 120–125.

GlobeNewswire.(2020, June 17). doTERRA becomes the first global aromatherapy and essential oils company to join research institute for fragrance materials: Partnership will pioneer advanced essential oil research.

Simental-Mendia, L. E., Sahebkar, A., Rodriguez-Moran, M., Zambrano-Galvan, G., & Guerrero-Romero, F. (2017). Effect of Magnesium Supplementation on Plasma C-reactive Protein Concentrations: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Current pharmaceutical design, 23(31), 4678–4686.

Tarleton, E. K., Littenberg, B., MacLean, C. D., Kennedy, A. G., & Daley, C. (2017). Role of magnesium supplementation in the treatment of depression: A randomized clinical trial. PloS one, 12(6), e0180067.

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