Tension Tamer Bath Salt Recipe

A soothing recipe for making bath salts... sweet aromatherapy stress reduction

Come back to your happy place with this uplifting orange & lavender aromatherapy bath salt recipe.

Nerves, tension and stress melt away as these relaxing homemade bath salts help balance your nervous system (and your mood swings.)

Bergamot and sweet orange are extensively used in aromatherapy for depression because they lift mood and calms tension, stress, anxiety, fear and anger.

Lavender soothes the nerves, relieving tension, panic and nervous exhaustion.

This recipe for making bath salts is also good for oily, acne-prone skin because it cleanses skin, reduces oil production and gently reduces the appearance of blemishes. Click here for more on aromatherapy for acne.

Tension Tamer Bath Salt Recipe


2 cups Epsom Salt OR Dead Sea Salt

1 cup Sea Salt

1/2 cup Baking Soda

6 drops Bergamot essential oil

6 drops Sweet Orange essential oil

3 drops Lavender essential oil

Optional: 6 drops red, 4 drops yellow food coloring


  1. Mix salt and baking soda together in a bowl using a metal spoon (a wooden spoon will absorb the essential oils and be ruined.)

  2. Drop in the essential oils and food coloring, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the salts. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

  3. Store mixture in a dark glass bottle. Let cure at least 24 hours before using.

  4. Use about one cup of salts per bath. This bath salt recipe makes enough for three baths.


Bergamot and sweet orange can increase risk of sunburn. Do not use before sun exposure.

Where to Buy Bath Salt Ingredients

You can find Epsom salt at your local pharmacy, and your MIGHT be able to find Dead Sea salt at a health food store. I've found online shopping to be the most cost-effective (not to mention efficient!) choice.

My favorite supplier for aromatherapy recipe ingredients like Epsom salt and Dead Sea salt is Mountain Rose Herbs. They have great products at reasonable prices, and their staff is friendly and helpful. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this recipe...

Another supplier I really like is doTerra. They only supply oils though, no other base ingredients like emulsifying wax or carrier oils.

I switched to doTerra's oils a while ago when I tested them against the other brands in my stockpile. I found I got better results, and I never got headaches or skin irritation, which sometimes happened with other brands.

I was pretty resistant to trying them because their prices are higher than a lot of other brands, but when I saw and felt the difference on my skin, I was won over.

I find that because they're so effective, I can get away with using fewer drops per recipe, which helps even out the cost. So if you want high quality, ultra-effective oils, these guys are for you.

You can buy doTerra's oils at retail prices by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get a store-wide 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale deal - it's well worth it.

Amazon has epic variety - if you love to browse, go nuts! Just remember, you get what you pay for. Please, please don't buy the cheapest oils - I promise you they'll be diluted with synthetic gunk you don't want on your skin. Here's links to the supplies for making this homemade bath salt recipe:

What Next?

Check out a few more easy recipes for making scented bath salts...

Eucalyptus Epsom Salt Bath

Make this refreshing Epsom Salt bath recipe with eucalyptus and rosemary to revive your energy and clear your mind. A great pick-me-up!

Lavender Bubble Bath Salts

Make this warming, relaxing essential oil bath salt recipe to take the edge off that cranky mood. Liquid comfort to help you sleep.

Silk n' Spice Bath Salts

Spice up your night with these earthy, exotic and deeply delicious bath salts.

Summer Rose Bath Salts

Calming, relaxing and sensuous, this sweet floral recipe takes you away from it all. Try using for stress, PMS and menopause.

Bath Salt Recipes Main Page

Get the basic recipe for bath salts and tips on adding essential oils for deeply relaxing tight muscles, helping reduce inflammation, soothing your nerves and softening your skin.

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Tension Tamer Bath Salt Recipe

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(By the way, don't assume that only recipes with lavender in them are good for stress relief. There's lots of other essential oils that are super stress reducers!)