I absolutely love a long, hot bath in my over-sized whirlpool tub. In my perfect life I soak for and hour every night surrounded by candles while I read a great novel and sip herbal tea just like Oprah. In my real life I have taken a bath exactly 5 times in the 6 years we have lived in this house. How does that happen? My boys have used my big whirlpool tub more than I have. Way more. So I decided that I needed a little motivation. And what better motivation is there than lavender bath salts. If I wasn’t busy writing this post I’d be in the tub right now.
Good quality bath salts are surprisingly expensive which I don’t understand because the ingredients are cheap. Really cheap. The great news is that you can make them yourself in 5 minutes and you can customize them any way you want especially with the scent. Lavender is my favorite for its sedative qualities but the choices of essential oils are many. You can buy essential oils here.
Epsom Salt–not the kind of salt you eat but actually a mineral compound called magnesium sulfate which most people are deficient in and can be absorbed through the skin. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, treating cuts, relieving colds and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body.
Mineral Salt—contains many beneficial minerals and nutrients that keep your skin smooth and soft. Salt also draws out impurities, pollution, oil and dirt from the skin.
Baking Soda—makes a wonderful spa-like bath for soaking away aches and pains and detoxing. It also cleans the tub and the drain, as a bonus!
Lavender EO—widely used for its calming and relaxing properties, supports healthy respiratory function, eases muscle tension, helps skin recover quickly.
I only use therapeutic grade essential oils because they are of the highest purity you can buy. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and what you put on you, you put in you, so whatever brand you use make sure it is pure enough to take internally.
Measure the dry ingredients into a bowl, add your essential oils, stir it up and you’re good to go. How easy was that? I used one of my favorite therapeutic essential oils, lavender, and these salts smell divine. I also added some culinary lavender buds I had in my cupboard because I think it looks really nice and I am giving this batch away as a gift. If the bath salts were for me I would leave them out as the lavender essential oil smells wonderful enough on its own.
With the stress of the holidays upon us I am thinking this would make a great Christmas gift for my girlfriends. Everyone needs a little pampering this time of year and what better way to show someone you care than a beautiful jar of lavender bath salts. You can make a cute label, if you’re good at that sort of thing, but I like to leave it up to the professionals. I found these gorgeous labels on my new favorite website www.liagriffith.com. To get these tags go here: http://liagriffith.com/printable-lavender-bath-salt-labels/ but definitely spend some time browsing all the beautiful stuff on her site. Afterwards go immediately to your kitchen and make some lavender bath salt love. Your bathtub will thank you.
Lavender Bath Salts
3 cups Epsom Salt
3/4 cup mineral salt (table salt will work too)
3/4 cup baking soda
30 drops lavender essential oil
1-2 tbsp. lavender flowers (optional)
Mix Epsom salt, mineral salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. Add essential oil and mix thoroughly to distribute scent. Add lavender flowers, if using, and stir to combine. Pour into a pretty container with an air-tight lid. Fill tub with hot water and add 1-2 cups bath salts while water is still running. Bathe often and enjoy.