Silent Night Bath Salts {for a great night’s sleep}

Silent Night Bath Salts in custom jar with label

I love the Christmas season!  Quality time with loved ones, the lights, the food, the decorations, the smells, the gifts… I look forward to it all year!

But Christmas can also be a stressful time.

To help me relax and get a great night’s sleep so that I can fully enjoy the Christmas season, I love to take a nice hot, relaxing bath with these Silent Night Bath Salts before bed.

 

They’re inspired by the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night.”  The blue and silver colors of this bath salt are reminiscent of the star-filled sky that guided the three Wise Men on their journey to see the Newborn King.  And the scent is inspired by the gifts the Magi brought to baby Jesus:  gold (sweet orange), frankincense, and myrrh.  The result is a warm, relaxing scent with a hint of sweetness.

Silent Night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, Mother and Child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

 

After one of these Silent Night baths, I’m reset for a good night’s sleep.  

 

 

Silent Night Bath Salts title image with bath salts in jar with custom label

 

 

Silent Night Bath Salts ingredients display of Epsom salt, sea salt, blue coloring, mica, essential oil bottles, measuring cups and spoons, jars and labels

 

 

Supplies Needed

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Did you know that Epsom salt is not actually a salt?  It’s actually a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits

Benefits of Epsom Salt:

    • eases stress and relaxes the body
    • helps draw toxins out of the body
    • helps reduce inflammation

 

Dead Sea Salts contain 21 minerals including magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium. These essential minerals naturally occur in our bodies but must be replenished, as they are lost throughout the day. These minerals are known to treat, detoxify, and cleanse our bodies.

Benefits of Dead Sea Salt:

    • Potassium helps to balance skin moisture
    • Bromides helps reduce muscle pain and stiffness
    • Sodium helps improves the circulation of lymphatic fluid
    • Magnesium helps support a great night’s sleep
    • Iodine is important for the correct functioning of the thyroid gland and is aids in the body’s metabolic exchanges
    • Sulfur is known as a powerful detoxifying agent, as it works closely with the liver to rid the body of toxins

 

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, provides a naturally alkaline substance with a reputation for helping to remove toxins.  Yep, this is the same stuff you use in baking and to freshen your refrigerator.

Benefits of Baking Soda:

    • Helps to detoxify and alkalize your body
    • Helps to soften the skin
    • Leaves skin feeling silky soft

 

Lake coloring is to color the bath water.  Lakes are what are used to color bath bombs and bath salts like this because they completely dissolve in water.  They color the bath water without coloring your tub (that is, no ring around the tub).

Why blue?  The blue symbolizes the night sky that guided the three Wise Men as they traveled to see baby Jesus.

You can leave this out of the bath salts if you’d prefer.

 

Silver mica is to add a shimmer to the bath water. 

The silver is symbolic of the stars in the sky over Bethlehem as the three Kings traveled to see the baby Jesus.

 

Apricot kernel oil is full of vitamins A, C, and E, and antioxidants, making it extremely nourishing for skin. 

It’s a mild, moisturizing oil with a lovely aroma.  It’s ideal for sensitive and mature skin.

It’s known for its ability to soften and recondition skin.

 

It has a deliciously sweet and bright sugary citrus scent.

Orange essential oil is uplifting to the body and mind.  It’s also an adaptogen that adjusts to what your body needs, energizing you when you need it and calming you when you need to relax and sleep.

The golden color of sweet orange essential oil represents the gift of gold brought to baby Jesus by the Wiseman Melchior.

 

Frankincense has a fresh and woody scent with a citrusy top note.

Frankincense essential oil promotes feelings of relaxation and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.

In these Silent Night bath salts, frankincense is included as the second gift brought by the Magi to baby Jesus.

 

Myrrh essential oil has a warm, rich resinous aroma.

It can be used to support well-being and emotional balance.

Along with gold and frankincense, myrrh was also brought as a treasured gift to baby Jesus by the three Wise Men.

 

If you are using the blue lake coloring and/or silver mica, you may want to add 1 teaspoon polysorbate 80 to help distribute the oils and colors in the bath water.  Polysorbate 80 will help the coloring to easily drain from the tub with the bath water.  With some bathtubs, if you don’t use the polysorbate 80, the oil, lake coloring, and mica can stick to the sides of the tub and leave a ring around the tub that would need to be cleaned.

 

This recipe makes  about 3 cups of bath salts.  You can package them up however you’d like.  It can be any of these options (or others you’d prefer):

    • three 8 oz jars
    • OR twelve 2 oz jars
    • OR 1 pint jar and one 1/2 pint jar
    • OR six 4 oz jars

 

 

 

SIlent Night Bath Salts title image, bath salts in jar with custom label, and running bath water

 

 

How to make bath salts

yeild: three 8 ounce jars

 

step 1:  add 1.5 cups Epsom salt to medium-sized bowl

 

pouring Epsom salt into glass bowl

 

 

step 2:  add 6 tablespoons sea salt

 

adding sea salt to Epsom salt in glass bowl

 

 

step 3: add 1/4 cup baking soda

 

adding baking soda to Epsom salt and sea salt in glass bowl

 

 

step 4: (optional) add  1/2 teaspoon blue lake coloring

tip:  Blue lake coloring is to color the bath water.  You can leave this out of the bath salts if you’d prefer.

 

adding blue lake coloring to Epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda in glass bowl

 

 

step 5: (optional) 1/4 teaspoon silver mica

tip:  Silver mica is to add a shimmer to the bath water.  It’s symbolic of the stars in the sky over Bethlehem as the three Wise Men traveled to see the baby Jesus.

 

adding silver mica to Epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda, blue lake coloring in glass bowl

 

 

step 6:  mix well and break up any clumps so that the dry ingredients are a uniform mixture

 

stirring bath salts ingredients in glass bowl with wooden spoon

 

 

step 7:  measure out 2 teaspoons of apricot kernel oil into a small bowl

 

apricot kernel oil in measuring spoon

 

 

step 8:  add the following essential oils

12 drops sweet orange essential oil (also known as wild orange or orange essential oil)

8 drops frankincense essential oil

8 drops myrrh essential oil

tip:  Prefer to use different essential oils?  Find 15 more essential oil bath salt blends for sleep and relaxation here.

 

adding essential oil from bottle to apricot kernel oil

 

 

step 9:  (optional) add 1 teaspoon polysorbate 80

tip:  If you are using the blue lake coloring and/or silver mica, you may want to add 1 teaspoon polysorbate 80 to help distribute the oils and colors in the bath water.  Polysorbate 80 will help the coloring to easily drain from the tub with the bath water.  With some bathtubs, if you don’t use the polysorbate 80, the oil, lake coloring, and mica can stick to the sides of the tub and leave a ring around the tub that would need to be cleaned.

 

 

step 10:  add the oil and essential oil mixture to the salt mixture

 

adding oils to the bath salts mixture

 

 

step 11: mix well

 

stirring together apricot kernel oil, orange essential oil, frankincense essential oil, myrrh essential oil to Epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda, blue lake coloring, silver mica in glass bowl

 

 

step 12:  scoop the bath salts into three 8 ounce jars

tip:  use glass jars or plastic jars made from PET (#1 plastic) or HDPE (plastic #2); both of those kinds of plastics are considered safe to use with diluted essential oils like these bath salts

 

Silent Night Bath Salts in three glass jars

 

 

step 13: (optional) use a paint brush to flick a bit of silver mica on top of the bath salts for decoration.

When the gift recipient opens their jar of bath salts, they’ll see what looks like a night sky with the sparkle of silver stars.

 

flicking silver mica with brush to the top of the Silent Night Bath Salts mixture

 

 

step 14:  print free printable labels and put it on your jars (get your labels here)

 

SIlent Night Bath Salts in jar with custom label

Silent Night Bath Salts in jar with custom label surrounded by snow and winter decorative elements

 

 

How to use bath salts

  • add bath salts to warm bath
  • depending on the size of the tub, use 1/2 to 1 cup bath salts per bath
  • swirl bath water around to dissolve bath salts
  • relax and breathe in the calming aroma of the orange, frankincense and myrrh
  • be careful when getting out of the tub because the oil can make the tub a bit slippery
  • pat skin dry
  • apply whipped body butter for an extra layer of moisture (and it keeps your skin feeling amazing!!)  click here for my absolute favorite recipe for DIY whipped body butter

 

 

running bath water faucet into blue water

 

 

Where to get supplies?

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Epsom salt

sea salt

baking soda

blue lake coloring (optional)

silver mica (optional)

polysorbate 80 (optional)

apricot kernel oil

sweet orange essential oil

frankincense essential oil

myrrh essential oil

half pint jars (aka 8 oz jars)

free printable labels

Link to printable Silent Night Bath Salts recipe and labels

 

 

Silent Night Bath Salts title image, full jar of bath salts with silver mica sprinkled across top, and display of unassembled ingredients of Epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda, lake blue coloring, silver mica, essential oils

 

 

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Silent Night Bath Salts, made with orange (gold), frankincense, and myrrh essential oils, helps you get a great night's sleep

Sarah Lewis

A little thing about me: I 💙 essential oils. I also love using my background in research to help people learn more about essential oils and all the wonderful ways they can be used. I share DIY recipes for natural cleaners that really work, non-toxic beauty solutions, and holistic wellness. My essential oil recipes, info, and tips have been viewed more than 20 million times. I've been featured on MindBodyGreen, Health & Natural Living, All Natural Ideas, This Natural Home, Natural Living Ideas, and Passion for Savings.