Epsom Salt Bath Soak with Essential Oils for a Relaxing Bath

There is nothing more relaxing at the end of the day than a nice warm bath! The warm water alone is soothing for mind and body. But sometimes we need a little more, especially at the end of the day!

And that’s where this Epsom salt bath soak with essential oils comes in. It is not only cleansing and soothing for the skin, but the oils in this recipe are oils that help the body and mind to relax and fall into a deep sleep.

Epsom Salt Bath Soak with Essential Oils for a Relaxing Bath

I’ve included six recipes here that you can use in a bath. For even greater benefits, get your diffuser going as well. And after your bath, use these Essential Oil Sleep Roller Blend Recipes just before you settle into your bed.

This recipe makes for a nice home-made gift idea. You can pair it up with a handmade crocheted washcloth or a back scrubber for a nice homemade spa set.

What Essential Oils Are Good For a Relaxing Bath

Angelica. Angelica oil is not only calming, but it can also help to alleviate aches and pains as well as relieve symptoms of the common cold. Thus, this oil is perfect for warm baths when the temperatures drop below zero outside.

Bergamot. In addition to helping you relax, bergamot oil also helps with cough and cold symptoms, making this ideal for the winter nights.

Cedarwood. Cedarwood is one of my favorite oils! It has a pleasant woodsy and relaxing aroma that I find very soothing.

Clary Sage. Clary sage helps to calm the nerves, making this the go-to after a long and stressful day.

Frankincense. Helps to promote a sense of calm and relaxation.

Lavender. Lavender literally means to wash, thus making it the perfect oil to add to your bath routine. Especially at night because it is the most touted oil to help you relax and sleep better.

Patchouli. This earthy scent has a calming effect on the nerves to help you relax at the end of the day.

Vetiver. Vetiver is very powerful. I once diffused just vetiver and I couldn’t get up the next morning! It was a bit too strong for me, but I use this regularly in my roll-ons. As a matter of fact, in my favorite essential oil recipe for sleep I use 5 drops of vetiver along with 10 drops of clary sage and 10 drops of cedarwood. This combination gives me the happy-medium that I need to get a better night’s sleep.

Ylang Ylang. The floral scent of ylang ylang is very relaxing and can also be worn as a perfume if you like. Great for date night!

How Much Epsom Salt for Bath

To get the most benefits from the Epsom salt, you want to add at least 1-2 cups of the salt to your bathwater. But, we’re having an Epsom salt bath with essential oils, so you can get away with less, and still come out feeling rejuvenated. I have been using about a quarter cup of this Epsom salt bath soak, and feel that it is all that I need.

But if you’re in pain, or in dire need of a deep relax, then go ahead and add more salts to your bath water. Just don’t go overboard on the oils, about 4-6 drops of oils per bath is really all you need.

Do I Need a Carrier Oil?

No, not really, unless you have sensitive skin. Essential oils are very powerful! And some individuals have reactions when applied directly to the skin. Oil and water don’t mix, so when you put the oil drops in the water without a carrier oil, those oils can then end up on your skin undiluted.

So until you know for sure whether or not you might have a reaction, it’s safer to add in an additional oil.

Another bonus of adding in an oil is that it can help to moisturize your skin. Why pass up on that?

How Long Should I Soak For?

About 20 to 30 minutes is all you need to get the maximum benefits. After that, the water starts to get cold anyway.

Other Recipes to Try:

Epsom Salt Bath Soak with Essential Oils for Relaxing Bath

Here are a few recipes for your evening bath to help you relax for a peaceful sleep at night.


The Base Ingredients

  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1 tbsp. carrier oil, such as almond oil or coconut oil.

My Favorite!

  • 10 drops cedarwood
  • 10 drops clary sage

Just Relax

  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • 10 drops Lavender

Deep Relaxation

  • 10 drops ylang ylang
  • 5 drops vetiver
  • 5 drops Frankincense


  • 15 drops clary sage
  • 5 drops patchouli

Be Calm

  • 15 drops cedarwood
  • 5 drops patchouli

Beat the Cold

  • 15 drops bergamot
  • 5 drops angelica


  • Add 1 cup epsom salt, your carrier oil, along with the essential oils to a glass jar and mix well.
  • Use about 1/4 cup per bath.

Essential Oils Safety Tips

  • Use only a high quality essential oil from a brand that you trust. I get mine from Young Living. And if you like, you can get yours through my store link here: My Young Living Store. If/when you are asked who referred you, please enter my member number: 23339811. Thank you so much!
  • Always dilute your oils with a carrier oil before applying to your skin, as some oils may be irritating to the skin. My favorite is fractionated coconut oil. Almond and olive oil work well too! Young Living also carries a carrier oil called the “V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex”.
  • If you are new to oils, start with a small amount to see how your body reacts and work your way up to stronger doses.
  • Do not apply oils around mucous membranes, eyes, ears and other sensitive areas.
  • Do not ingest essential oils.
  • Check your labels. Some oils are photosensitive and can cause skin irritation if you apply them before going out into the sun.
  • Some oils are not recommended for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

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