Homemade Bath Salt Blends for Pain Relief


A warm bath can be more than a self-care ritual. It can serve as supplemental pain relief, and Epsom salts have been used as a folk remedy for muscle aches and pains since the 17th century. When dissolved in water, Epsom salts break down into magnesium and sulfates. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. It helps your body produce energy and, when used as a supplement, can help treat inflammation, migraines, muscle spasms, and more. By soaking your body in Epsom salts, you may absorb small amounts of magnesium.

July 2021 by John Ford and compiled by numerous media and web sources.


The effectiveness of Epsom salts has yet to be proven by science, and it may never be. But you would be hard-pressed to find a grocery store or pharmacy that doesn’t carry a bag of them. To use Epsom salts, you add up to two cups of salt per gallon of water. You can also use Kosher salt, which dissolves easier in water and contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that are good for your skin.


Soothe your muscles and relieve stress with these three homemade bath salt blends. They combine salt with a mixture of aromatherapy scents to provide pain relief from minor aches and pains.


Migraine Blend

Many migraines can be traced back to stress, anxiety, and poor sleep habits. Relax both the body and the mind with this soothing blend of Epsom salt and essential oils. 

Rosemary oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that make it a powerful addition to this migraine blend. It provides pain relief, reduces stress, and improves circulation, especially when combined with hot water.

Lavender can help relieve stress and tension in the muscles. A 2013 study explored the effectiveness of lavender in treating various ailments. The study revealed that after only 15 minutes of inhaling lavender oil, more than half of the participants felt migraine relief.

Eucalyptus opens up the nasal passages and relieves sinus pressure, both of which can contribute to headaches. It may also help improve circulation and lower blood pressure. Be sure to test your skin’s reactiveness to this oil since it may cause a burning sensation in those with sensitive skin.

Chamomile oil can treat anxiety and insomnia, which may be contributing causes of your migraine. Chamomile can also relieve muscle tension and help you to relax.

Add two or three drops of each to your bath filled with warm water and salt.

Arthritis Blend

The arthritis bath salt blend contains a combination of anti-inflammatory oils and soothing scents. 

Ginger root has been used in holistic medicine treatments for centuries. A 2001 study appraised the effectiveness of ginger oil on joint pain. More than half of the people in the study had less pain in their knees and were also less likely to use pain relievers in future treatments.

Peppermint oil may help reduce muscle spasms and has additional properties that make it an anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and antioxidant. The menthol properties of this oil can help ease pain and discomfort from arthritis.

Wintergreen oil works especially well when combined with peppermint oil. Wintergreen is a potent topical pain reliever and also has anti-inflammatory benefits.

Lavender oil contains both linalool and linalyl acetate compounds which have sedative effects. Lavender is a well-known joint pain reliever. When applied directly to the joints, lavender soothes and alleviates pain.

Add two or three drops of each to your bath filled with warm water and salt.

Back Pain Relief Blend

This blend is specifically for pain relief related to inflammation and nerve pain in the spine. Back pain is one of the most common ailments, affecting8 out of 10 adults at some point in their lives. 

Ginger contains a compound called Zingibain, which is known to improve pain from inflammation. Studies have shown that you can use ginger proactively to prevent joint breakdown and inflammation.

Holy Basil is a classic Ayurvedic herb used to treat nerve pain. A 2015 study links holy basil, or tulsi, to sciatic nerve pain relief in rats.

Clary Sage is a traditional herb used to relieve menstrual cramps and help with labor pains. You can also use it to improve circulation and reduce swelling in the spine.

Turmeric is more than a cooking spice. When you use turmeric oil on the skin, it has anti-inflammatory properties. The curcumin in turmeric oil has been proven to reduce swelling in the joints.

Add two or three drops of each to your bath filled with warm water and salt.

Make These Blends at Home 

These homemade bath salt blends are best when fresh. Add each on directly to your bath or blend the oils ahead of time for convenience. If you prefer, you can use fresh herbs instead of essential oils. Simply put the loose plants in a large bag to keep them out of your way while you soak. Experiment with which oils work best for you to provide pain relief from all sorts of aches and pains.

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