Herbal Bath Soaks are surprisingly effective ways to tame both tension and pain. They take just a small amount of time to make and yet can melt away the worries of the day in only a few minutes. Those that know their secrets, use them regularly. Those that haven’t tried yet, quickly become fans after one try.

The base for this formula is good, old fashioned Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate). These were introduced commercially using the name of a famous mineral spring in Epsom, England known for its healing properties. Magnesium is an important nutrient that is lacking in adequate supplies in many people’s lives. Combined with the healing touch of herbs and you have a sure bet for relaxation.

For best use in the bath, add 1/2  to 1 cup of bath soaks directly to the bathwater as the tub is filling. Stir the water with your hand to thoroughly mix the formula before stepping into the bath.

For best use in the foot bath, add 1/8 or 1/4 cup of bath soaks to the foot basin before adding the water. Test the water with your hand before putting your foot in. Remember that people’s feet are not the best tools to test temperature especially if there is any neuropathy


  • 2 cups Epsom Saltbath soak supplies
  • 1/2 cup dry herbs of choice
  • 10 drops essential oils of choice
  • Blender or coffee grinder
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Funnel (if necessary)


  1. Grind the 1/2 cup of herbs into a chunky powder. (Not too fine though.)
  2. Measure the Epsom salt and pour it into a bowl.
  3. Add the ground herbs in the bowl.
  4. Mix with a spoon until blended.
  5. Add the essential oil of choice.
  6. Mix again with a spoon.
  7. Pour into the final storage container using the funnel if necessary.


If you are looking to get a good variety of herbal soaks but need ideas for herbs or essential oils, check our list below. Please send us other suggestions that worked out in your herbal laboratory.

Dry Herbs

  • Rose petals
  • Lavender buds
  • Orange or Lemon peel
  • Pine or Spruce needles
  • Eucalyptus leaves
  • Mint leaves
  • Rosemary leaves
  • Calendula flowers
  • Tilia flowers/leaves

Essential Oils

Recipes and Ideas to Try

Search Recipes at The Practical Herbalist for more ideas for tasty herbal gifts.