This Peppermint Bath Salt is a great DIY gift to give to your best friend, your mom, or to anyone else who deserves to take a little bit of “me time” – including yourself!
You only need three ingredients to make basic bath salt – Epsom salt, coarse sea salt, and baking soda.
- Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, a pure, time-tested mineral compound with dozens of uses. It’s often used in baths to help relieve sore muscles. That makes it an ideal component of DIY bath salt.
- Coarse sea salt naturally contains trace minerals and helps to create a spa-like experience at home.
- Baking soda softens the water and helps to alleviate skin irritation.
To make Peppermint Bath Salt, in addition to the ingredients listed above, you will also need a good quality peppermint essential oil. (I recommend Plant Therapy brand.) Essential oils provide the additional benefit of aromatherapy.
Adding red food coloring adds a colorful touch to the bath salt. If you add food coloring, you can label the therapeutic bath salt Candy Cane Bath Salts, making them a great holiday gift.
How To Make Peppermint Bath Salts
To make bath salts, start by combining Epsom salt, sea salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Mix it really well.
Next, add a few drops of peppermint oil and stir until well combined.
If you want to color the bath salts, add a few drops of red food coloring and stir until the color is uniform.
Spoon bath salt into jars and seal with a lid.
How To Make Candy Cane Bath Salts
To give the bath salt the candy cane red and white “stripes,” divide the bath salt in half after you have added the essential oil.
Add food coloring to one half and stir until the color is uniform.
Place a small layer of red bath salt in the bottom of a jar, followed by a small layer of white bath salt.
Repeat until the jar is full.
Before gifting, print out a cute label and give the recipient instructions to use 2 to 3 tablespoons per bath.
Peppermint Bath Salts
- Large bowl
- 1 1/2 cups Epson salt
- 1/2 cup coarse sea salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- Red food coloring
- Peppermint essential oil
- Combine Epsom salt, sea salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Mix well.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil and stir until well combined.
- Add a few drops of red food coloring and stir until the color is uniform.
- Spoon bath salt into jars and seal with a lid.
What Are Bath Salts Good For?
Bath salts are used at home and at spas because of their renowned benefits which include:
- reduce stress,
- treat constipation,
- improve sleep, and
- relieve sore muscles.
The “magic” ingredient is Epsom salt which is a magnesium sulfate compound and it has been around for over 100 years. It is often used as a natural remedy for muscle aches, stress, and inflammation.
How To Use Bath Salts
The best way to use bath salts is to dissolve up to 1 cup of salts in warm, running water in a bathtub. Once the tub is full, soak for around 20 minutes.
Be sure to get up slowly after soaking. Getting up too quickly can cause a drop in blood pressure and cause dizziness.
Bath salts should easily keep for up to 6 months. However, essential oils will lose their smell after about 3 months and food coloring will begin to fade.
***Do not use bath salts in a hot tub or swimming pool.***
Peppermint Bath Salt is easy to make and is a wonderful gift. Below are some recommended products to help make Candy Cane Bath Salt.
Shout out to Patti for my jar of Candy Cane Bath Salt which inspired this post.