Here I have a bath bomb recipe with Epsom Salt but also details about the product and alternatives that can be used.You almost always see Epsom salts as an ingredient or suggested ingredient for a bath bomb but there are alternatives.
- Bath Bomb Recipe with Epsom Salt
- Bath Bomb Recipe with Himalayan Salt
- Bath Bomb Recipe with Sea Salt
Here we look at the options, benefits and disadvantages of bath bombs with or without Epsom Salts. We also have recipes with and without the famous Epsom Salt
Bath Bomb Recipe with Epsom Salt
Epsom Salt is known for pain relief properties and here is the most basic pain relief bath bomb with Epsom salt.
- ½ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup of corn starch
- ¼ cup citric acid
- ¼ cup Epsom salt
- ½ tablespoon of water
- ¼ teaspoon essential Eucalyptus oil
- ½ tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- Food colouring optional
Here is a list of bath bomb ingredients for the mind and muscle relief you might want to consider for your bath bomb recipe
What is Epsom Salt and What are the Health Benefits?
To give Epsom Salt its correct name, it is actually magnesium sulphate. Sounds a bit more exciting, doesn’t it?
Magnesium sulphate has a score of uses in regards to health, beauty and fitness. They are naturally occurring minerals and you will find it very easy to buy in the grocers, pharmacies, health food stores and online. Garden centres too where they can reportedly have a miraculous effect on the growth of certain plants!
You should look for Epsom Salt with the USP Designation in the US. Although it would be rare to find agricultural use Epsom Salt in your local health food store!
I won’t go into the full uses and benefits of Epsom salt here but the linked article will give you more info if required.
What Alternative is there to Epsom Salt
What if you are looking for an alternative to Epsom Salt? Thankfully whilst not vast, there are options and alternatives for your bath bomb, and they come in the form of a couple of basic and easily sourced salt products.
- Himalayan Salt
- Natural Sea Salt
What are the health benefits of Himalayan Salt
- Supporting Weight Loss
- Hormone Balancing
- Body Detox
As the world oceans become more polluted sea salts will as well, although to be fair we have little to really concern ourselves with just yet.
Anyway, Himalayan Salt and ‘real salt’ differ from the salt you see on your table. The stuff you sprinkle over food basically has no minerals left and is bleached so it looks nice is not nature.
Nature is ancient sea beds, where Himalayan salt is found and mined. They are free from modern toxins. The salt has a range of uses including in the kitchen, but it is health benefits where this product comes into its own. From drinks and food to therapies, massage and even table lamps. Yes, I said Himalayan Salt table lamps. Himalayan Salt comes into its own in the bath.
Himalayan Salt Detox Bath
You don’t even have to add the salt to a bath bomb to get a great Himalayan Salt experience. A detox bath will use maybe 2 pounds of Himalayan salt. You wouldn’t want to be spending any more than 15 minutes, with just warm water in that quantity, it is a bit extreme.
A bit more casual, again with just warm water would be 1-2 cups.
Anyway, you’ll be pleased to know you can scale that down and still get the detox benefits by using just a 1/4 cup in the following bath bomb recipe.
Himalayan Salt Bath Bomb Recipe
- 1/2 Cup Baking Soda.
- 1/4 Cup Pink Himalayan Salt [fine grain]
- 1/4 C. Citric Acid
- 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil.
- Witch Hazel or Water.
What are the benefits of Sea Salt
- Rich in Minerals
- Reduces inflammation
- Improved brain and Muscle Function
- Helps with the Digestive System
Sea Salt or ‘Real Salt’ is simply salt from the sea without the processing involved in creating table salt, which removes the minerals and involves a bleaching process to make it very white in colour.
Sea Salt is not so white and contains the colour impurities you would expect if you collected a bucket of sea water and let it dry out.
What you would be left with is sea salt crystals, and they would range in size and colour. Sometimes you will find sea slat bleached, however, a process that adds nothing to the quality of the product but makes it more commercially appealing on the shelves as we have become used to refined processed products in the modern day and age.
Sea Salt v Himalayan Sea Salt
Did you now, whilst there are no minerals left in refined table salt, you can expect to find, [if you are very clever], over 60 trace minerals in natural sea salt, and around 84 in Himalayan sea salt
|Salt Type||Mineral Count|
|Himalayan Sea Salt||circa 84|
Bath Bomb Recipe without Epsom Salt
- ½ Cup Citric Acid
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- ¼ Cup Fine Grain Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
- 60 drops of Fragrance Oil
- ½ tablespoon of Water or Witch Hazel
I hope you have enjoyed this article on salt in bath bombs.