Saturday, January 28, 2017

Make Your Own Bath Salts

Aromatic bath salts are such sweet luxury, and there is nothing better than a nice, therapeutic soak after a chilly end-of-winter day in the garden. If you are lucky enough to have herbs that lend themselves to aromatherapy uses, then bath salts are an awesome way to bring the outdoors inside as you await springs arrival. Lavender happens to be my favorite, but anything that pleases your senses will work!

You will need small, airtight containers for your finished salts, a box of Epsom salts from the store, dried and coarsely refined herbs, and, for an extra punch of scent, some essential oil if you like. Citrus makes a great addition, and can be achieved by drying and chopping orange or lemon peels.
I can't make my own oils, so I purchase them from reputable distillers (Medicine Crow/Floracopia are wonderful dealers and very ethical in their work). The process is simple:
Pour some salts into a bowl, lightly sprinkle oil on them and mix...just a few drops will do! Mix in your dried herbs and package up in air tight containers. WaLa: perfect gifts from the garden and easy enough to do with the kiddos.
My favorite mixes:
Pure lavender
Citrus mixed with mint
Citrus mixed with rose petals
Lavender with rosemary
Pure Rosemary
Rosemary and orange
Experiment with combinations of your favorite scents, and get creative with unusual botanicals that are easily found in our area: sage, cedar, juniper, and rose can often be found in open fields or neighbor's yards. Don't forget culinary treats as well: almond, vanilla or strawberry for example. It won't be long before you are known for your signature scent!

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