Soothing both the mind and a tired body after an exhausting time is always a priority. My favorite way to feel like myself again is with a therapeutic bath that has healing aromatherapy vapors as well as curative ingredients to benefit sore muscles such as how my homemade Himalayan salt bath soak recipe can make you feel.
Just like Dead Sea salt, Himalayan salt also offers incredible minerals and elements compared to ordinary table salt. In fact, Himalayan salt has some 80+ minerals from sulphate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, etc. Something to keep in mind when you are shopping is that the colors of these salts can vary from nearly white, pink to deeper rose or reds. Generally speaking, the darker the color, the greater amount of minerals that particular Himalayan salt has.
In my homemade Himalayan salt bath soak recipe, I also made it a point to add Epsom salt for firing up beneficial healing with all its magnesium to further draw out the toxins while helping to relieve swelling and ease pain. Besides that, melatonin is released from the brain in the process as the skin absorbs it to help bring on relaxation and quicker sleep.
I also relied on two different essential oils with lavender and vanilla oleoresin essential oil for their calming aromatherapeutic powers just by inhaling this inviting scent. Unlike the consistency of other essential oils, the vanilla oleoresin is somewhat dark and thicker.
Though just as lovely to inhale for its fragrance, I also incorporated a few drops of ylang-ylang essential oil. The reason it contributed beautifully to this recipe is because it helped inflammation, increased blood flow and had wound healing properties.
The safest way to use essential oils is diluting them first over directly using straight from the bottle on your skin. Since you will be mixing these oils with the dry ingredients and not the skin itself, a carrier oil is optional, but I prefer mixing them first with my carrier oil before blending together.
If you value your bath experience as much as I do and want to try a few others that I am passionate about, then I’ll link them here for your convenience with my DIY detox mineral soak and DIY tranquility bath recipes.
DIY Himalayan Salt Bath Soak
1 cup Epsom salt
½ cups of Himalayan coarse salt (I use the pink)
8 drops of vanilla oleoresin essential oil
4 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil
6 drops of lavender essential oil
1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil or your favorite carrier oil
In a mixing bowl, measure out the Himalayan salt. You want to carefully search it for any small pebbles or rocks before adding the Epsom salt.
Combine the carrier oil with the essential oils and then mix with the Himalayan and Epsom salts.
Store in a container with a tight fitting lid to keep air out. A large size peanut butter jar or a sealable glass jar is wonderful for this purpose.
Before using, give your jar or bottle a decent shaking to freshen up the recipe.
When you’re ready to use it, I like to add three tablespoons as I run the water in the tub. The fragrance slowly blooms while the crystals gradually melt as you step inside the tub.