A long soak in a bath is something I think we all need to treat ourselves to every now and then. If a full-body bath is out of the question, go for a foot bath; we absorb a great deal of goodness and expel a great deal of toxins from our feet so don’t overlook a quick soak, even when you’re time-poor.

Epsom salt works to detox, soothe and relax the body, and aids in reducing inflammation; citric acid softens water and helps to give bath bombs their fizz; bicarb is antifungal, antiseptic and gently exfoliating, and excellent at eliminating odour and spirulina is a true superfood, a fine algae powder that is deep green in colour. It is rich in fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, and aids in detoxification.


Makes: 500 g Prep time: < 5min.


• 300 g epsom salt
• 100 g citric acid
• 100 g sodium bicarbonate (bicarb)
• 1 tbsp ground spirulina
• 20 drops of essential oils


My favourite essential oils in this recipe are peppermint and spearmint, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.


1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.
2. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Add 1 cup of mixture to a running bath of warm (not hot) water. Soak for at least 20-30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

If you want the layered look (as pictured), make another batch without spirulina. Or split this batch and only add spirulina to half. Then layer in a glass jar.
The spirulina will turn the bath slightly green. Not enough to stain anything. If you find the bath salt goes hard in the jar, use a spoon to break it up.
When we think of chlorine, we think of public swimming pools, but chlorine is a common additive to our drinking water supplies, designed to kill bacteria living within it. Along with the bad bugs, chlorine also kills good bacteria and promotes the generation of free radicals within the body, specifically the skin. Free radicals have been linked to cancer and are something that we don’t want polluting our bodies. Most info I have read says to add between one teaspoon – one tablespoon of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) powder to bath water while it is filling, to help neutralise the chlorine present in unfiltered tap water. There is some info here you might like to read. And this podcast has some great info on chlorinated water.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger


Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humans and habitat. It is her mission to gently guide people towards this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 50,000 copies of her recipe books, including her latest book, The Lifestyle Edit, the award-winning, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids.

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