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Aromatherapy Smelling Salts Bowl

Coarsely ground pink Himalayan salt is only one of many salt varieties that can be used in this beautifully aromatic recipe.


Himalayan Salt

I love bath salts. So relaxing, and the course or mixed grain sizes are so visually appealing. The disadvantage is that once they are added to the bath, the beauty of these salts can no longer be enjoyed. If you are like me and enjoy the beauty of specialty salt grains, you will love this recipe that allows you to enjoy their beauty as they delicately fragrance your room.

Himalayan Salt

The term smelling salts generally refers to a type of ammonia salt used to revive those that have lost consciousness. This recipe, however, is intended to create beautiful small bowls of salts that can be used to naturally fragrance your favorite room while simultaneously drawing visual appeal.

I adore the gentle aroma of essential oils that permeates the air when a light breeze dusts across natural potpourri or these beautiful aromatic smelling salts. Potpourri is beautiful, but the fragrance can diminish rather quickly. So far, I find that my aromatic smelling salt bowls retain their fragrance longer than my my potpourri usually does.

This recipe is intended to create aromatic smelling salts that are contained in small condiment (2-3 ounce) glass bowls. This recipe can easily be multiplied so that larger bowls can be used.


  • 2 Tbs. Medium or course grain Sea Salt, Dead Sea Salt, Himalayan Salts or other medium to chunky grain salts.
    The type of salts used in this recipe is not as crucial from a nutritive standpoint since you will not be using these salts in the bath or other topical application. Choose salts that you find visually appealing. Large, chunky, course grain salts are especially beautiful.
  • Approximately 20 drops of Essential Oil
    Your favorite essential oil or pure essential oil blend can be used in this recipe. To view specific essential oil blend recipes, refer to AromaWeb's Diffuser Blend Recipes.
  • Optional: 1/16 tsp. Pearlescent Mica Powders or 1-2 drops FDA Dye (acceptable for this aromatherapy application since these salts will never touch your skin).
    Shimmering pearlescent mica powders are a beautiful way to add color to your salt. Alternatively, you may use 1-2 drops of FDA Dye. Be sure that the small bowl that you will keep your salts in will not become permanently discolored if you use FDA dyes.
  • Small Glass Condiment Bowl


  • These small smelling salt bowls can be picked up, placed several inches from your nose and inhaled, giving you a much stronger aroma at the times that you need it. Be sure, however, not to allow the concentrated essential oils to touch your skin or nose.
  • If you or a loved one has a cold, make a salt bowl that includes Ravensara, Eucalyptus or other essential oils with expectorant properties. Other methods of diffusion including steam diffusion and use of a nebulizer can be more effective during times of sickness. Salt bowls, however, can be comforting and allow the cold suffer to pick up the bowl and deeply inhale the oils whenever desired.


Place 2 Tbs. of your chosen salts into a medium size mixing bowl. If you plan to colorize your salts, add your pearlescent mica powder or FDA dye to your salts and mix well. For even greater visual appeal, you can create multi-colored salts by separate your salts into two or more parts and coloring each separate part with a different color mica power or FDA dye. Then, combine your colored salts and add the to the small glass condiment bowl. Lastly, drizzle the drops of essential oil onto your salts. Over a short while, the salts will absorb the oils. Over time, the aroma of your salts will diminish. You can replenish the aroma by again drizzling more essential oils onto the salts.


  • These salts are not intended for medical treatment or to revive someone who has become unconscious.
  • These aromatic salts should NOT be ingested.
  • To the unsuspecting child or house guest, your salts may resemble rock candy or other edibles. Be sure to keep these salts out of the reach of children and those that may try to ingest them.

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