I had used plain Epsom salts and I looked at the store for the scented salts, but they are a bit expensive (to me). So I was adding the plain Epsom salts and then adding a few drops of a variety of essential oils that I happened to have. It clicked in my mind, why don’t I just put these together? It makes sense to me.
Why do people put Epsom salts in their bathes? Well, I can tell you some of the most widely accepted reasons but I can’t assure you of their truth and accuracy. The absorption of the magnesium and sulfate is supposed to help with improved heart and circulatory health, flushing toxins out of your system, improved nerve function, relieves stress, reduces inflammation to relieve joint pains and muscle cramps, improve absorption of nutrients and even prevention or easing of migraine headaches.
When I made my own scented Epsom salt, I chose to use a mixture of 2 essential oils just because I could not choose between the two.
I used a lavender essential oil and a jasmine essential oil.
The benefits of lavender are spectacular! I use lavender lotion and if any of the pets have gotten fleas, they never bother me and I stand by the fact that it is because I use lavender. I even keep a lavender spray that I will use. Lavender is also supposed to be beneficial for headache and migraine relief (noticing a pattern here?) stiff joints and sore muscles.
The aroma of jasmine is thought to have properties of an antidepressant and a sleep aid.
I don’t like an overbearing fragrance so I used 10 drops to each cup of Epsom salts. In the container I used to store this, I had 4 cups of epsom salt, so I added 20 drops of the lavender oil and 20 drops of the jasmine oil. It is subtle, maybe not as overbearing as some store-bought bath salts, but I like the more subtle fragrance anyway.
When you are filling the bathtub with water, add 1/4¼ cup of the lavender-jasmine salts. It will be pleasant.
While you have the Epsom salts out, you can also make a homemade fabric softener.
For the fabric softener, I used lavender and sandalwood essential oils.
The lavender (as mentioned previously, as a bug repellent) but it also promotes sleep and has a calming property so it can help with anxiety and nervous issues.
The scent of sandalwood is a sweet aromatic wood scent and encourages a deep relaxation.
Use 10 drops of essential oil to each cup of Epsom salts.
The container I have to keep this mixture filled just over half with 4 cups of Epsom salts, so then I added 20 drops of lavender oil and 20 drops of sandalwood oil. I liked the mixture of these fragrances.
Add a 1/4 cup of the mixture per load (or more if you wash big amounts of clothes at a time.) Add at the same time that you add your laundry detergent into the washer so it’s convenient. The clothes had a subtle smell to them, not enough that my oldest son would complain about the lavender but enough that the clothes smelled good.