DIY Bath Salts: How To Serve Up Relaxation In a Jar

I know a lot of people who get super stressed out about gift-giving. In my humble opinion, giving a gift should be simple and uplifting …and it definitely shouldn’t feel like torture.

The gifts I feel the best about giving are those that will enhance the recipient’s quality of life and not add to a stockpile of “stuff.” That’s why I love giving homemade gifts like these bath salts that are made primarily of epsom salt.

Epsom salt is pure magnesium sulfate, which your body is able to absorb through your skin while bathing. Magnesium is critical for over 300 biochemical processes in the body, including helping your muscles relax. In fact, magnesium is known as the “relaxation mineral.”

I have yet to come across anyone who doesn’t like to relax from time to time, so this gift of relaxation in a jar is sure to please!

As an added bonus, I can whip up a batch of these bath salts for myself as I’m preparing the gift.



Here’s how to create relaxation in a jar:


  • 1.5 cups of pure epsom salt
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s is my go-to brand))
  • 12 drops of relaxing essential oil – see the various options below:
    • 12 drops of lavender
    • 6 drops of cedarwood, 6 drops of lavender
    • 6 drops of bergamot, 6 drops of lavender
    • 5 drops of cedarwood, 4 drops of sweet orange, 3 drops of lavender
    • 6 drops of frankincense, 6 drops of lavender
    • 6 drops of lavender, 4 drops of ylang ylang, 2 drops of sweet orange

Plant Therapy is the brand of essential oils I personally use and highly recommend. Their quality is top-notch, they offer organic options and they have a KidSafe line for children aged 2-10.

Plus, they have pre-made blends of essential oils focused on relaxation (Relax, Tranquil and Mediation) that are ready to add to your bath salts.

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  • 16 oz. glass jar (Mason jars work great!)
  • Wide mouth funnel (like these)

How to make them:

  • Put the epsom salt in a bowl. Add the essential oil and Castile soap and mix well.
  • Using a wide-mouth funnel, pour the salt mixture into the mason jar and put the lid on tight.
  • When it’s time to use the bath salts, pour all the contents of the jar into a tub full of warm bath water. Soak for 20-30 minutes to fully absorb the magnesium and breathe in the relaxing essential oils.


Once the bath salts I’m gifting are ready to go, I like to put a waterproof label (like these) on the front of the jar that says “RELAX.” Then I add some flare like a ribbon and/or a bow.

I also like to write out the ingredients that are in the jar and instructions for using them:

Cheers to making someone’s day with the gift of relaxation!

With love and gratitude,


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