Most child development experts (and parents) tend to agree that a consistent routine leading up to bedtime is the key to better sleep habits. If a nightly bath is part of your little one’s evening routine, you already know that a warm, soothing soak can be the perfect way to wind down after a busy day. Using magnesium on a nightly basis can go a long way in promoting more restful sleep.
The best way to introduce magnesium at bedtime is in the bath. Epsom salts do contain magnesium, but using magnesium chloride flakes is a good way to increase the concentration of magnesium in your little one’s bath and makes for better absorption. Magnesium chloride flakes can be found in most natural food/wellness stores or easily ordered online.
This magnesium-packed bath salt blend has the added benefit of calming aromatherapy in the form of lavender. A small amount of bentonite clay is also added to draw out toxins from the body. These bath salts can be easily mixed together in a few minutes, and this is a great recipe to double (or more) to package as gifts for holidays, birthdays, and new babies.
1. Gather your ingredients.
- ½ cup magnesium chloride flakes
- ½ cup Epsom salts
- ¼ cup fine sea salt
- ¼ cup bentonite clay
- ¼ cup crushed lavender flowers (optional)
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
Magnesium helps improve sleep and relax muscles. Magnesium chloride flakes have a high concentration of magnesium, ready to be absorbed into your body, but you can substitute for Epsom salts if you have trouble finding magnesium chloride flakes where you live.
Bentonite clay helps draw toxins from the body. Even little ones with healthy diets are exposed to environmental toxins that can adversely affect their sleep. A small amount of bentonite clay clears those obstacles and sends them down the drain!
Lavender flowers and lavender essential oil work to soothe and relax tired muscles and minds. If you’d like, you can add other dried flowers, such as chamomile and calendula, to boost the relaxation powers and help send your wee one to dreamland.
2. Mix it up.
Mix all ingredients except lavender oil in a large bowl until evenly distributed.
Note: using dried lavender flowers in your bath salts means that they will linger in the tub after the water drains. If you’d prefer not to rinse the tub after bathtime, feel free to omit the lavender flowers. Alternatively, stuff some lavender buds in a muslin drawstring pouch and add to the bath to infuse the water with extra lavender-licious power.
3. Add oil.
Add lavender oil, being careful not to place all the drops in one place (this makes it more difficult to mix in evenly). Stir to distribute oil through the dry mix.
4. Store in a glass jar.
Pour the bath salts into a clean glass jar. Since the bentonite clay is very light, I suggest using a wide mouth funnel and doing this outside or in the bath, as a bit of the clay will become airborne as you pour.
This recipe yields about 2 cups of bath salts, which fits nicely in a pint-sized Mason jar.
5. Bath time.
Draw a warm bath as usual, and add ¼-½ cup directly to the running bath water. Magnesium salt baths tend to be a bit drying on sensitive young skin, so you may choose to add 1 Tbsp of coconut oil to the bath water as well.
6. Soak and relax.
Let your littles do their thing in the bath, soaking and playing as usual. When it’s time get out, pat them dry and, if dry skin is a concern, massage a little extra coconut oil onto any trouble spots.