How To - Aromatherapeutic Smelling Salts

Smelling salts have been around for ages. From days of yore, where they functioned as the go-to remedy for ladies who felt faint to today's sports-folks looking for an instant pick-me-up, smelling salts pack a real punch. It's because of their content of ammonia.


What if smelling salts could have other functions?

Like, say

  • a 'Christmas Spirit' blend to jump-start the holiday cheer
  • a 'Clear The Head' blend to help battle stuffy noses
  • a 'Summer Memories' blend to bring a whiff of summer warmth
  • a 'Calm Your Spirit' blend to aid sleep and relaxation

One might even consider making a lovely personalised gift for someone.

Are you inspired?

Good, then let's get started!

Ingredients and Necessities

  • small bottle with tight-fitting lid that holds 10-15 ml 
  • coarse salt (The Himalayan Crystal salt I used has a fabulous pink color, but you could use normal coarse salt or even decorative colored salts)
  • 25-30 drops essential oil
  • small funnel (for dripping accuracy)


Plan your blend(s) before you start. Make a note of how many drops of each essential oil you want to use.

For example:
My Good Morning Pick Me Up blend has

  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil

When you've planned which blends you want to make, it's simply a matter of

  • Filling the bottle with salt
  • Adding essential oil  
  • Capping the bottle and giving it a bit of a shake
  • Rejoicing at your fabulous creativity

If you make different blends, mark your bottles. I did 2 different blends here. The mix including rosemary got a little sticker at the bottom. Optional: make a label for each bottle.

To Use

Uncap the bottle, waft the under the nose and inhale deeply.

Note: keep your smelling salts out of the reach of children.

Do Tell

Which essential oil combinations would you use to make your smelling salts?

More About Classic Smelling Salts

PubMed - All about Selling Salts
Wiki-How - make classic smelling salts


Signe said…
Lovely idea! Might need one or two for myself too - this dark, cold and really wet weather is so awful that I'd need something that makes spirit better.:)
LisaLise said…
Hi Signe - I recommend geranium and lemon for battling winter blues. Have fun with it!
MarĂ­a said…
I cannot help but thinking in 19th century ladies using scented salts to recover from faint xD.
What a lovely idea!
Anonymous said…
How long about do these last? Or stay fresh without the EOs oxidizing?
LisaLise said…
Hi Anon - Great question! I used mine for about a year before discarding them but how long they last will of course depend on how they are stored and in what type of climate. I live in Scandinavia so it's pretty cool here compared to countries near the equator.