Mama, Take a Bath! Essential Oil and Epsom Salt Soak

A few months after the birth of my first daughter a new friend, also with an infant, told me how taking an epsom salt bath everyday was the only way she could get through her full days of mothering. I was familiar with epsom salt baths, but had never really used them before. I thought, “Wow, a soak everyday, that sounds lovely, and doable!” Her advice transformed my self-care regimen, which had become non-existent since the baby had come.

Now years later, whenever she or I are needing some TLC, we remind each other to “take a bath!” It’s such a simple thing to do when you need a little time to relax or cope with the heavy demands of motherhood. If you can’t get alone time, taking a bath with your kids around is such a simple way for them to see how you take care of yourself. Plus, certain essential oils and epsom salts are really good for kids too, in case they need to hop in with you! At the very least, you can use it for a foot bath.

My favorite recipes for mamas, that are safe for little ones are:

  • Lavender + Geranium Essential Oil, or
  • Young Living Gentle Baby Essential Oil

The epsom salt is rich in magnesium which is soothing and adds an essential mineral that mothers really need.  

Lavender essential oil is soothing and relieves stress (only one of the many, many benefits of Lavender essential oil!)

Rose Geranium essential oil is balancing and grounding.

Young Living Gentle Baby essential oil is soothing and calming for mothers and children. It includes both lavender and geranium, plus rose and ylang ylang which make it smell and feel divine!

The Soothing Bathtime Blend

  • 3 cups premium quality epsom salt (I prefer Saltworks)
  • 30 drops of therapeutic grade essential oil (I prefer Young Living)
  • Optional add in: 1 TBSP sweet almond oil or gently melted coconut oil

Add 3 cups of epsom salt to a wide-mouth quart mason jar. TIP: Using a ½ cup measuring scoop makes it easier to pour into the wide-mouth jar.

Add 15 drops of each lavender and geranium, or 30 drops of Young Living Gentle Baby blend. (Use 5 drops essential oil per quarter cup epsom salt.)

Add your optional oil if you prefer.

Seal the lid and shake up the jar until oil is mixed with the salts. TIP: It’s worth going to the trouble of mixing your epsom salt and essential oil rather than just adding each to your tub. Because oil doesn’t mix with water, the epsom salt helps the essential oils disperse in the bath evenly.

Use ½ – 1 cup of the mixture in your bath. Take a deep breath. Soak for 20 minutes in very warm water. Enjoy and may this take you to bathtub bliss!  

TIP: If a child will be joining in the bath, make sure it’s not hotter than 100 degrees. And for comfort, try to keep the water away from your little one’s eyes.

Why I prefer Young Living essential oils?

They are the true standard in therapeutic grade oils. Their Seed to Seal process, which includes careful monitoring from planting the seed until the oil is sealed in the bottle, creates an oil that is is pure and free of any harmful synthetics.

The best way to experience Young Living essential oils is with the Premium Starter Kit which includes 11 essential oils, a diffuser, and many other goodies. Plus 1 bonus oil for November and December! Click here to get your Premium Starter Kit.


  1. Kristi Gunn on October 3, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    I’d love to try this . Would you happen to have coupons?

  2. Christeen on March 13, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Can we make a bunch of them and store some for later use ?

    • Kerry Ingram on March 13, 2019 at 3:06 pm

      Yes, you sure can. I love making a few blends in jars so they are at the ready.

  3. Pam Yenser on September 5, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I am into young living oils I defuse them in my house I clean with them and I take nice relaxing baths with them I love, love, them.

    Pam from Ohio

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