A bath with nothing other than hot water is a luxurious and relaxing way to treat yourself to a bit of me time. But if you’re going to hop in the tub, consider personalizing your bath to optimize your self-care routine. You can elevate your next bath by adding organic bath salts, essential oils, and CBD. Make one of the fast and easy recipes below or add CBD to your favorite bath salt blend.
What Is CBD?
Still not quite sure what the difference is between CBD and marijuana? You’re not alone! And it can be confusing, as both products are derived from the cannabis plant. However, there are over 700 strains of the cannabis plant. Each strain has a unique composition, but the strain best known as industrial hemp is low in the intoxicating compound THC. While low in THC, industrial hemp is high in CBD—which is the compound responsible for the medicinal benefits of marijuana.
This low THC strain is processed to ensure that it contains .3% or less THC, which is not enough to get you high. Industrial hemp has been legal in all 50 states since the Farm Bill of 2018.
As with all nutritional supplements, you should consult with your physician before trying CBD. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not take CBD. While there are zero reports of overdose, almost anything we consume can have a side effect. Everyone responds differently to plant-based dietary supplements so pay attention to how you feel once you start taking CBD. While extremely rare, and most often when taken in extremely high doses, side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Low-blood pressure
- Reduced appetite
- Negative interaction with prescription medications
How To Shop For CBD?
Excellent question! As a young and highly unregulated industry, it’s up to you to verify that you are purchasing a premium CBD to add to your organic bath salts. Prioritize the same criteria for oral products too.
Here’s what to look for:
- USDA-Certified Organic CBD
- No synthetic additives or fillers
- Third-party lab tested for purity
- Lab test results are shared online
- Full or broad-spectrum CBD, not isolate CBD
Holmes Organics premium CBD is broad-spectrum, meets the criteria above, and is processed to contain 0.0% THC!
Why Broad-Spectrum CBD?
Industrial hemp is processed to be high in the active compounds CBD and low in THC. However, these are just two of over 100 cannabinoids found in industrial hemp. Another noteworthy compound is terpenes. Terpenes work with CBD to optimize and synergize your wellness benefits, so ensure your CBD is full or broad-spectrum.
CBD Isolate—these are products that are processed to eliminate all other active compounds. While it may sound better because it’s a pure form of CBD, you miss out on the benefits of terpenes. Isolate products have no aroma or flavor, other than the oil or product they are added to.
Full-Spectrum CBD—these are products processed using the whole hemp plant, meaning that it contains all the up to 100 types of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including trace amounts of THC and terpenes. Full-spectrum products have a mild, but earthy aroma and flavor.
Broad-Spectrum CBD—with many consumers uncomfortable with even .3% of THC in their CBD, the THC is completely removed in broad-spectrum products. However, all other 100 naturally occurring cannabinoids remain present, including terpenes. Broad-spectrum products also have a mild, but earthy aroma and flavor.
What Do CBD Bath Salts Do?
Every element we selected in our recipes elevates your bath. CBD bath salt benefits include:
- The hot water will increase circulation and warm up your body temperature to rapidly release physical tension, minimizing stiffness, and easing pain and inflammation. This release soothes both your body and your mind.
- Salts have different properties, but they all detoxify your skin and muscles.
- Epsom salt delivers magnesium sulfate through your pores, a nutrient 75% of adults are lacking in. This deficiency may be contributing to your pain and inflammation.
- Himalayan salt has trace minerals and is ideal for soothing eczema and red and irritated skin.
- Sea salts contain magnesium and several other skin-healthy trace minerals.
- Essential oils, dried flowers, and herbs can be used for the targeted benefits of aromatherapy. They may also provide physical, spiritual, and emotional wellness benefits. For example, a lavender bath in the evening before bedtime to help you sleep.
- Full or broad-spectrum CBD connects your central and peripheral nervous systems, stimulating your body’s natural healing abilities. The terpenes in CBD bind these two systems for longer-lasting wellness benefits.
Do CBD Baths Work?
Just like any wellness or self-care practice, results vary from one person to the next. To optimize your results, we suggest the recipes below. The combination of ingredients in our CBD bath salt recipes can be personalized to your individual wellness goals to soothe your mind and body, support skin health, detox your body, and more.
How Do You Use CBD In A Bath?
There are a variety of ways to incorporate CBD into your next bath. Here are your top options:
- Take an oral CBD about an hour before your bath.
- Apply CBD oil topically before you get in the bathtub.
- Add 25 to 50 milligrams to the water and mix it in.
- Mix CBD into premixed or DIY organic bath salts.
Since oil and water don’t mix well, we prefer adding it to your bath salts to help the CBD evenly distribute in the tub.
Can You Rub CBD Oil On Your Back?
Yes! If you have tension or back pain, you can apply CBD topically to target your troubled areas. Just be mindful that oil is greasy. While the CBD will absorb through your skin the oil will sit on top of your skin and may stain your clothing.
Can You Absorb CBD Oil Through Skin?
Yes! The olive oil will not fully absorb into your skin, but the CBD will gradually be absorbed through your pores. Topical application is the fastest way to reach your cannabinoid receptors. It will soothe your body significantly faster than oral products, which take about an hour to kick in. Topical products take effect 10 to 20 minutes.
How To Use CBD Bath Salts
You use them just like you would any other bath salt, adding 2 or 3 cups of salt per bath. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes, to allow the hot water to elevate your body temperature—and the salts and CBD to absorb through your pores. Feel free to stay in the bath longer, adding more hot water as it cools down.
How To Make Homemade CBD Bath Salts?
Making a salt bath is fast and easy. We suggest making your own recipe so that you can personalize your bath to your individual wellness goals. Ensure all ingredients are organic, including your essential oils, herbs, and flowers. Aura Cacia has a nice selection of organic essential oils. You can find organic herbs and flowers at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Here are 3 quick recipes.
# 1 Super Simple Bath Salt
Recipe #3 can be used to create a larger batch of organic bath salts with CBD, but this recipe can be made right before you hop in the bathtub.
- 2 to 3 cups Epsom salt
- 1 cup Himalayan salt
- 1/2 cup dried flowers or herbs of choice
- 5 to 15 drops topical-safe essential oils
- 25 to 50 milligrams Holmes Organics CBD Oil
#2 Adding CBD To Your Favorite Bath Salt
Already have a favorite bath salt? Just add CBD to it! Pour the salt into a glass bowl and add 25 to 50 milligrams of Holmes Organics CBD Oil for every 2 to 3 cups of salt. Return the salt to its original container or add it to a glass container and store it somewhere cool and dark.
#3 Personalized CBD Bath Salts Recipe
This recipe can be personalized in countless ways to support your wellness and self-care goals. Make it in large batches to encourage more frequent baths, or to give as a gift to friends and family.
- 3 to 4 cups Epsom salt
- 1 cup Himalayan or sea salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 15 to 30 drops topical-safe essential oil
- 25 to 50 milligrams Holmes Organics CBD Oil
- 2 tbsp organic olive oil
- Optional—1 to 2 cups of dried roses, lavender, chamomile, green tea, dried herbs
- Topical-safe essential oils include lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, rose, sandalwood, and bergamot. We suggest using pure and organic essential oils.
- Pour ingredients into a glass bowl and mix well.
- Transfer to a glass container and store it somewhere cool and dark.
- Add 2 to 3 cups of salt per bath and soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
- If you added flower petals or herbs, be sure to add a strainer to the tub before you drain it.
The only thing left to do now is to take a bath! Showers are fast and easy, but baths cleanse while they relax your mind and body. Aim to take at least one bath a month, but remember baths are self-care—so once a week is even better.