DIY Bath Bomb With Essential Oils

DIY Bath Bomb with Essential Oils

Getting up in the morning to a nice hot shower is how many people start their day. At the end of the day, however, a hot bath can be more beneficial for those who are searching for sleep. Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering recently established that taking a hot bath 1 – 2 hours before bedtime can significantly improve your sleep. Not only did this study show that the average person can fall asleep faster, but it also showed that the quality of sleep was higher throughout the night. The optimum time to soak is about 90 minutes before you hit the sheets.

A Brief History of the Bath 

For centuries, hot baths have been known to calm the nerves, soothe muscles or joints, and give the bather a general sense of well-being. The ancient Greeks and Romans were dedicated to bathing as a way of improving the body and mind. Their elaborate tubs and pools were known far and wide. People met, conducted business, and socialized while relaxing in the hot waters.

Thanks to the arrival of the bubonic plague and other maladies, public bathhouses lost their popularity in the late 16th century. Today, taking a bath is a private ritual that can be appreciated right in your own home.

Bathing Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

Bathing with lavender essential oil added to the bathwater can do a lot for your body and mind. According to WebMD, the skin-healing powers of lavender oil can be used to treat hemorrhoids, eczema, and other irritating skin conditions. It also has an anti-anxiety effect that can promote relaxation, reduces stress, and aid in sleep. As you inhale the scent of the oil, it stimulates the olfactory nerve, which can have a direct effect on your mood.   

Other Essential Oils That Can Enhance Your Bath

Lavender isn’t the only essential oil that can enhance your bath time experience. The following essential oils can be added to any bath for a spa-like treatment that can soothe, heal, and stimulate.

  • Essential oils for relaxing – lavender, ylang-ylang, chamomile
  • Essential oils for energy – grapefruit, lemon, peppermint
  • Essential oils for soothing sore muscles – eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender
  • Essential oils to relieve tension – frankincense, sweet orange, cedarwood

Always dilute essential oils in a carrier oil before adding to the bathwater. If you prefer to bathe without the addition of essential oils, but still want to reap their benefits, place a few drops in a diffuser and inhale as you soak. 

DIY Bath Bomb With Essential Oils

DIY Bath Bomb Recipes

Making your own bath bombs are not only fun and cost effective, but they also give you complete control over the ingredients you’re adding to your bath. While store-bought bath bombs can be found just about anywhere, you never know what skin-irritating ingredients they can include. While those that are purely natural can cost a small fortune. Here are three recipes that will get you started making your own bath bomb making adventure. 

Relaxing DIY Bath Bomb

  • 8 ounces baking soda
  • 4 ounces citric acid
  • 4 ounces corn starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom salts
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 15 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 15 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 15 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil (jojoba, olive, almond)

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix liquid ingredients in a small, separate bowl. Slowly add liquid to dry ingredients, mixing until the texture is soft and grainy.

Next, press the mixture into bath bomb molds or standard cupcake tin. Let sit 8 hours or overnight until dry. Remove from molds when dry, and store in a tightly covered container in a cool place.

Soothing DIY Bath Bomb

  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 8–10 drops lavender essential oil

Place citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil into a bowl. Add essential oils and blend until mixture forms a soft, dough-like consistency. If desired, add dried flowers or herbs to the mixture. Spoon into silicone molds or standard cupcake tin. Let dry for 24 hours before removing from the molds. Store in an airtight container.

Uplifting DIY Bath Bomb

Mix baking soda, Epsom salt, and citric acid in a large bowl. Add olive oil and water (mixture will fizz a bit). Mix well with a wire whisk. Add the essential oils; mix until there are no clumps and mixture has a sand-like consistency. Spoon mixture into bath bomb molds or cupcake tin. Place in a cool, dry spot for 24 hours until ready. Once dry, remove from molds and store in an airtight container.

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49 thoughts on “DIY Bath Bomb With Essential Oils

  1. Sherry Bracy says:

    Love this info!! Thanks so much for the recipes for these!! so much better than having to purchase the already made bath bombs!

  2. gloria patterson says:

    Have been wanting to make bath bombs and now I know what oils to use for what. I think they would make great christmas gifts

  3. Scotty says:

    The epsom salt alone is supposed to be super healthy (e.g. detoxifying pain reliever) and the EO’s just kick it all up another notch or two health-wise. Now I just need to get a longer bathtub so I can soak properly.

  4. Mary M. says:

    I’ve never made these, but I sure have used quite a few. I’m surprised that you have to dilute them in a carrier oil when they are going in your bath. I don’t even do that on my body. I just put a drop or 2 on my skin as is.

  5. sue E says:

    I still haven’t made these bath bombs even though I have been saying it for a while now! I really want to make them for gifts to give at my granddaughter’s shower. I pinned this so I can follow the recipe! Thank you for sharing again!

  6. Leanne says:

    I’ve been making bath bombs and sugar scrubs with essential oils for years, the recipes here look interesting, I think I need to give them a try!

  7. Dee says:

    As an eczema suffer, it is helpful to know lavender oil aids in treating it. A brief history of the bath was very interesting to read.

  8. Mark says:

    Love this product they are now offering for us. I hope to see a holiday bath bomb coming soon for the upcoming holiday season!!

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