How to Make Dead Sea Bath Salts

Two Methods:Finding Bath Salt IngredientsMaking Bath Salts

The Dead Sea has been considered the site of healing and rejuvenation since ancient times. Cleopatra and thousands of people with otherwise untreatable conditions made pilgrimages to take baths in the Dead Sea. Doctors believe it heals because it has the highest saline content of any body of water in the world. Its rich mineral content makes it a good treatment for psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions. Today, Dead Sea salts are regularly imported into many countries, so you can create your own healing Dead Sea baths. A good batch of Dead Sea bath salts can be used at home or packaged for gifts. Make the salts and soak regularly to reap the benefits of these special salts. Read more to find out how to make Dead Sea bath salts.

Method 1
Finding Bath Salt Ingredients

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    Buy at least 1 lb. (454 g) of Dead Sea salts. You can find these particular salts through online retailers and at some natural food or body care stores. Call ahead to ensure they have what you are looking for.
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    Choose some essential oils to add to your bath salt mixture. You should choose an essential oil that has therapeutic aromatic benefits. The following are some popular aromatherapy choices:
    • For a relaxing effect, use sweet basil, bergamot, chamomile, cedar wood, cinnamon, clove, jasmine, lavender or vanilla.
    • For an energizing effect, use cardamom, grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, lime, nutmeg, sweet orange, peppermint, pine or wintergreen.
    • For a purifying effect, use citronella, cypress, eucalyptus, hyssop, marjoram, myrtle, oregano, rosemary, spruce, tea tree or thyme.
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    Buy a carrier oil. This will help to coat and distribute the scent around the Dead Sea salts. Although Jojoba, shea nut and grape seed oil will work, grapeseed is the best choice if you have potential allergy issues.

Method 2
Making Bath Salts

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    Pour 1 lb. (454 g) of Dead Sea salts into a large bowl.
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    Pour 1 tbsp. (14.8 ml) of carrier oil into a measuring spoon. Mix it into your bath salts with a large spoon.
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    Add drops of essential oils, stirring the salts well after each drop. Start with 2 drops and add as many as 10.
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    Color your Dead Sea bath salts, if you desire. Add 1/16 to 1/8 tsp. (0.125 to 0.25 g) of mica powder to the recipe. Mix well.
    • You can also use an FD&C, adding 1 drop at a time until you reach your desired color.
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    Store in an airtight container until you are ready to bathe. Use the entire lb. of sea salts at once to create a high salinity bath, with benefits similar to those of the Dead Sea.


  • To approximate the conditions of the Dead Sea, do not heat your bathwater to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius). When the water is more than 2 degrees warmer than your body temperature, the heat begins to remove minerals from the skin rather than relay them.
  • If you are using the Dead Sea salts to treat skin conditions, mix a double batch of 2 lbs. (908 g) of Dead Sea salts for each bath. You may also want to avoid using dyes or strong fragrances. Buy a large package of sea salts and take a Dead Sea bath once a week or month.

Things You'll Need

  • Dead sea salts
  • Essential oils
  • Jojoba or grapeseed oil
  • Bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Mica powder or liquid dye
  • Airtight container

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