Bath Salts for Cold and Flu Recipe


Make these bath salts for cold and flu before you get sick so you’ll have them on hand when you aren’t feeling well.

Tis the season for colds and flu.  I have been down for over two weeks with bronchitis, and my husband is on week four of pneumonia.

It’s not fun to be us right now!  I’m still not feeling great, but I am able to get up and do a few things each day.

I made sure to make these bath salts for cold and flu because they are nice to have on hand.  When you feel yucky is not the time to start to think about making these.  They will sit on the shelf for months, so make them now for when you need them

Bath Salts for Cold and Flu Recipe

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Unfortunately, life doesn’t stop when I’m sick. I tend to be overly sensitive to cold medications, so I don’t like to take them. Even non-drowsy formulas make me pass out while sitting. So needless to say, I prefer to use other remedies to help me feel better.

One thing that really helps me when I’m congested is steam. I like to take a hot shower, but a warm bath usually helps ease my aching joints, helps me relax, and helps relieve the congestion.

While you could just take a bath and get a lot of benefits, I wanted to make bath salts for cold and flu for even more benefits.

You can use either Epsom salt or sea salt in this recipe, but I prefer to use Epsom salts. The magnesium in the Epsom salt can help relieve sore muscles, which are common when you are sick. If you don’t have any Epsom salt though, feel free to use sea salt.

You can also use a combination of sea salt and Epsom salt. Just make sure you have total cup of salts if you do use both kinds.

Eucalyptus essential oil is a great oil to use if you are sick because it is a natural decongestant.  As the eucalyptus releases from the salts, you’ll breathe it in and help loosen congestion.

The vanilla relaxes you and smells great. You don’t have to use the vanilla extract, but it really does smell nice.


  • 1 cup Epsom salt or sea salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 8 drops vanilla extract
  • Green food coloring if desired

I also use Breathe Easy essential oil blend in place of the eucalyptus and vanilla. This is a blend of several different essential oils. I really like buying this because I don’t always keep all of the oils that are in it on hand, so this lets me get the benefits of the oils without having to keep them all in stock.


Just mix all of the ingredients well and store in a container.

If you use food coloring, it could stain plastic containers, but it won’t stain your tub or your skin.

Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per bath when you have a cold or flu.

This recipe stores well, so you can double it or triple it. I like to keep several cups of it around when cold and flu season hit so I don’t have to make it when I’m sick.

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Bath Salts for Cold and Flu Recipe

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