How to Make Lavender Mint Bath Salts (Recipe)

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Lavender Mint Bath Salts Recipe
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I used to love taking relaxing salt baths when I first got married. Now, most days, bath time just involves me washing many tiny fingers, toes and heads of hair. No complaints, but definitely not as relaxing!

Benefits of Salt Baths

Salt baths are great for much more than just relaxation. Of course, a soothing salt bath is great for that too, but the benefits go well beyond just being a soothing end to a stressful day. They make a great DIY gift!

Benefits of salt baths include:

  • Stress relief
  • Reducing muscle aches
  • Improving circulation
  • Headache relief
  • Speeding up wound healing (don’t use on direct open wounds)
  • During illness, especially respiratory illness
  • To help mineral absorption and improve sleep in children
  • For acne, eczema or other skin problems
  • Improving skin hydration

Skin Boosting Ingredients

Bath salts can be as simple as just using a salt or magnesium salt on its own. Options include:

From there, any array of optional ingredients can be added for additional benefits:

  • Essential Oils– Any essential oil that is safe for skin use can be added to a salt bath. Since oil and water don’t mix, add the oil to the salt and then add to the water.
  • Spices– Sounds crazy, but many kitchen spices can be added to a bath for a soothing effect. Most common are cinnamon and ginger powder.
  • Oils– Adding oils to the salts helps moisturize skin and stops the drying effect of the salt. Some people find salt on its own too drying. Mixing in a little oil (like coconut, almond, jojoba or argan) can help.

Bath Salts- Ingredients

Bath Salts- Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl.
  2. Store in an air-tight jar and use 1/4 cup per bath.

Pre-Made Bath Salts

There are some great options for pre-made bath salts if you aren’t a fan of making your own. I personally like this dead sea salt based bath salt since it is moisturizing and smells great (without artificial scents or perfumes). Make sure to choose a bath salt that is perfumes, dyes and synthetic chemicals.

 Other Ways to Use Salt and Magnesium:

Ever take a salt bath? What do you put in yours? Tell me in the comments below!

This lavender mint bath salts recipe is a great way to combine the benefits of magnesium and sea salts with essential oils for a relaxing bath!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


72 responses to “How to Make Lavender Mint Bath Salts (Recipe)”

  1. bryttany Avatar

    How much does the bath salts make cause I want to make it for Christmas gifts

  2. Nicole Avatar

    I was really excited to make this recipe until I read the comments about the possible reaction between the salt and baking soda. (Cleaning up shards of glass from an exploded jar is definitely not relaxing…not to mention dangerous if you are in the room when it explodes.) The baking soda and sea salt seem a little redundant in addition to the Epsom salts. Epsom salts alone are excellent for pulling heavy metals and toxins from the body, plus they give you a good dose of magnesium. I think I will just mix the Epsom salts and essential oils and store in a glass jar. Then when I use some in a bath, I could also sprinkle some baking soda directly in the bath water if I so choose.

    1. Jeanne Avatar

      I had mixed the baking soda in with the epson salts as well in a thick glass jar. Although it didn’t explode it did get hard as a rock within a week. I added boiling water hoping it would dissolve but it stayed in hard chunks. I decided to keep two pretty jars – one with epson salt and one with soda and mix a scoop of each in my bath. I’m glad I only gave one as a gift to my mom (hers did the same thing) and not to anyone else. Live and learn.

  3. Shirley Avatar

    I made these salts and put them in airtight jars to give as gifts. They were ok but then became so hard we had to use a knife to cut them out. What do you think happened?

  4. Courtney Avatar

    I signed on specifically to warn about air tight glass jars! I just saw the post from May 15 warning of what just happened to me. It WILL explode. I made the salts early May (before the 15th), and I have only opened the jar once since, and that was also in May. I used a tall, thick walled jar and it exploded. I cannot even imagine if I (or my cat) had been in the bathroom at the time. It ripped up the wall, since it was so close, and bent the wire shelf it sat on. PLEASE use caution with the storage container!!!

  5. Nausheen Avatar

    Thanks for the great recipe. Just a warning on something worth checking up on : I’ve read of a few instances where the combination of salt and baking soda stored in glass jars have exploded sending shards of glass flying all over! Apparently as a result of pressure build up emitted by the combination of the two. Might be worthwhile checking up on that!

  6. Dawn Avatar

    Hi Katie,

    Have a silly question, can I use dead sea salt? Is it just the same as sea salt? Is there any difference?

  7. Isadora Avatar

    Hi Katie, I am new to using essential oils, I would like to know if it is safe to use Epsom salts & baking soda bathsalt for my children to bath in? Is it okay to use peppermint oil for their bath too? They are 5 and 7 years old. Could I ask what the benefit of Epsom salt & baking soda is in the bath salt, or can I opt for sea salt & the oils on its own?

    1. Shannon Avatar

      Peppermint shouldn’t be used with children under 6 years of age.

  8. Marg Avatar

    Katie, I made a few batches to give away as gifts, but realized that it went hard and cakey in the jar. What would have happened to it?

  9. suzanne Avatar

    Hi I love all the information I have made so many changes to our life in the last few months because of all I have learned from you, so thanku. However I wanted to make some bath salts for gifts and I cant find the recipie I thought it had cocnut oil added do u have that one?

  10. Brittany Avatar

    Hi Katie, I absolutely love your blog and am so thankful for your time to share all your delicious and healthy tips and tricks!
    I am planning to make these as Christmas gifts and am wondering how much per bath you suggest using {for adults}? Thank-you!

  11. Dede Avatar

    Hi, Thanks for your recipe! Have you ever stored it in ziplock bags instead of glass jars?

  12. Danielle Avatar

    Hi Katie,

    I am planning on making this but I just wanted to know why you add baking soda.. What does it do to the recipe?

      1. Laura Avatar

        Baking soda in the recipe can cause the mixture with essential oils to harden like a rock, how do you avoid this from happening Katie.

  13. Sharon Avatar

    I would like to use a couple of your recipes in a book I am writing and would like your permission to do so. Please contact me via email.
    Thank you,

      1. Robert Avatar

        The literary expression of a recipe — the exact way you say it — can be protected by copyright, but the information in it is not copyrightable. So anybody’s allowed to reproduce the info in them in their own words.

        Copyright is not meant to protect commercial secrets, such as instructions to make something. For that there are patents and secrecy agreements.

        1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

          Yes, in a legal sense you are technically right that someone can use the ingredients of a recipe if they want to. This does not apply to the instructions as those are written and protected as “literary expression.” But I don’t think the reader was asking legal advice. She was asking if I would give permission for her to use my recipes in a book, which I do not allow, especially with the instructions as I’ve written them. In other words, she was asking about permission, not copyright law and I shared my stance on that. You can read my copyright policy here:

  14. jamie Avatar

    so excited to have found your site – thank you SO much for the incredible sacrifice of time and attention you obviously spend sharing incredibly important, helpful, inspiring, and life giving insights. So thankful!

  15. Ashley Avatar

    I just wanted to know, does it have to be an airtight jar? What if its a basic little mason jar?

  16. connie Avatar

    I add coconut oil and use Dead Sea Salts………going to try your recipe next time…….best relaxing bath ever!!! So good for you, too. Thanks Katie!

    1. Kora Avatar

      Have you made a natural and safe bath bomb? I tried skimming your blog and haven’t came across a post yet!

  17. Kristin Avatar

    Love this! Although my family isn’t big bath-takers, I’ll be making a batch very soon! How long does this keep?

  18. MJ Avatar

    This is great! Would be perfect Christmas gifts. Where do you purchase the containers to store in?

  19. Ellen Avatar

    I love your blog–all of your posts are so great! This one too. Your list of benefits is so complete! Thanks!

  20. Angela Avatar

    Hi Katie! I follow you and make so many of your recipes… Thank you for being such an integral part of educating people (so many!) on what it is to be healthy. I am sipping my coconut oil coffee here as I type this (with Frontier Cinnamon and Coconut Cream Concentrate too!)… I was just wondering a very simple thing… where do you get the beautiful glass jars that a lot of your salts and powders are stored in such as this one? Thanks! 🙂 ~Angela

    1. Carol Avatar

      You can usually pick up glass jars at your local thrift store: I go about three times a month and get 7-8 for about $25.
      You’ll have to buy new gaskets, but you can get 6/$5. most places. Or cork @; they are FAST!
      I have gotten some absolutely beautiful jars this way, and some just regular bormoli-type but they are MUCH cheaper than new, and JUST as good!

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