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DIY Uplifting + Relaxing Bath Soak Recipe with Essential Oils

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Soaking in a bath is a luxury we all need to take. This DIY bath soak recipe will have you relaxed in no time. 

As I'm sitting here typing up this recipe, I am dying to go take a bath and toss in this amazingly relaxing bath soak.

People these days are super busy, stressed out and anxious.

As moms especially we get busy taking care of everyone else, we rarely stop to take care of ourselves.

Can you relate?

That's why I love sharing simple DIY recipes with you to help you stop and pamper yourself a little bit.

You deserve it!

Soaking in a bath is a luxury we all need to take. This DIY bath soak recipe will have you relaxed in no time. #bathsalts #relaxation #essentialoils #detox

So what is so special about DIY bath soak recipes?

Adding some Epsom salts to your bath is a great way to detox the body, but adding a few more simple ingredients can really just take it to the next level.

Essential oils can create amazing results simply through their scent or aroma. Inhaling the essential oils can offer a range of health benefits. For example, it can clear the sinuses and relieve respiratory congestion.

If you’ve ever used Vick’s Vaporub you will know about the powers of menthol and other oils to help you breathe easily again. (But considering one ingredient in Vick's Vaporub is Turpentine, you definitely DO NOT want to be rubbing this on your skin!)

Our sense of smell is more powerful than we know; it registers all sorts of scents throughout the day. If you’ve ever noticed how your mood changes when you smell coffee brewing or a cake baking, you will understand that aromatherapy can also enhance mood.

Essential Oils Basics

Essential oils are used individually for many purposes. However, the real power will often come when they are blended to create certain mood enhancing, relaxing and healing effects. You can use some oils like eucalyptus on their own to help a person unclog their sinuses, for instance.  Lavender and Lemon soothe and relax.

There are also energizing oils, ones that can improve sleep, and even ones that help with weight loss. Citrus oils are usually the most invigorating, especially lemon, orange, and grapefruit.

Uplifting and Relaxing Bath Soak Ingredients

There are several essential oils in this recipe blended together to really uplift your spirits while creating a relaxing environment. The salt will really help detoxify the body as the baking soda neutralizes chlorine in the water creating the perfect atmosphere for true relaxation.

If you do not have the dried flowers, it is ok to leave them out.

If you are worried about making a mess in the bathtub, simply add the bath soak to a muslin bag like this one.

Uplifting and Relaxing Bath Soak Recipe

Yields: 2 cups


  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 15 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops rose-geranium essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 Tablespoons dried rose buds
  • 2 Tablespoons dried lavender buds


1. Add the Epsom salt, coarse salt and baking soda to a medium mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.

Soaking in a bath is a luxury we all need to take. This DIY bath soak recipe will have you relaxed in no time. #bathsalts #relaxation #essentialoils #detox

2. Add all of the essential oils and whisk again to distribute the oils.

Soaking in a bath is a luxury we all need to take. This DIY bath soak recipe will have you relaxed in no time. #bathsalts #relaxation #essentialoils #detox

3. Add the rose and lavender buds and stir well.

Soaking in a bath is a luxury we all need to take. This DIY bath soak recipe will have you relaxed in no time. #bathsalts #relaxation #essentialoils #detox

4. Transfer to an airtight container and store up to six months.

Soaking in a bath is a luxury we all need to take. This DIY bath soak recipe will have you relaxed in no time. #bathsalts #relaxation #essentialoils #detox


1. Add 1/4 cup of bath salts to your warm/hot bath water.

2. Use your hand to circulate the salts and allow the essential oils to activate with the steam.

3. Sit back and enjoy the uplifting spring aromas of rosemary, lemongrass, rose-geranium and lavender!

Have you tried a bath soak before? What essential oils are your favorite to add?


Sunday 20th of December 2020

Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I tried it tonight and had a blissful bath. Can't wait to do it again! Really enjoy your recipes!

Mindy Benkert

Monday 21st of December 2020

Thank you so much Kathy! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe and your bath! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Judy Alcove

Thursday 12th of December 2019

Love your recipes. I just have a question on this one. It looks to show fresh marjoram, is it dried marjoram along with the rose petals and lavender mixed in the salt recipe? Can't wait to try this one.

Mindy Benkert

Friday 13th of December 2019

Hi Judy, the fresh rosemary is optional. Feel free to use it if you would like, otherwise it's great without it too!


Friday 5th of October 2018

Thanks for your reply! I recently made bath soak with my boyfriend;-))) And keep thinking about using it... Could I just open the container and start enjoying the hot bath? Or waiting till six months is necessary?

Mindy Benkert

Saturday 6th of October 2018

Hi Charlotte, I don't usually wait to use my bath soaks. Perhaps the recipe you used will be good up to 6 months. I usually mix them up and use them right away.


Wednesday 20th of June 2018

Hello Mindy, I've recently searched "eye cream with essential oils" online and I found out your recipes are really great! I haven't tried a bath soak before and would like to give this recipe a try :)) but there's a question... what's baking soda for? Is it necessary?

Mindy Benkert

Friday 22nd of June 2018

Hi Charlotte! The baking soda is used to neutralize chlorine in your bath water. So it's a good thing to use unless your bath water is already filtered. It can be left out as well. :)

Susan Larson

Friday 4th of May 2018

you're oils recipes look delightful. thank you for posting.

Mindy Benkert

Thursday 17th of May 2018

Thank you Susan!!

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