Thinking about a nice long, hot bath is what gets me through some days. Escaping the children with a magazine and a glass of wine is the reward for surviving the day. You know, the days when one kid has the flu, another one has a ridiculous homework project, and, oh, here comes another school holiday.
Homemade herbal bath salts were one of my very first DIY projects. I made them for my mom and sister for Mother’s Day and was so ridiculously proud of myself. Like I had solved world peace or something. I need to get back into the habit of making gifts for holidays and birthdays. Recently I went down the rabbit hole of zero waste Instagrammers, and every posts looks so calm and serene. My son just had his 8th birthday; I felt guilty because it was insanity and now we’re drowning in Legos. The holidays and special occasions need to slooow dowwwn.
Okay, enough internal angst. Back to bath salts. Maybe just the thing I need to slow things down.
What you’ll need:
- Epsom salt
- Kosher salt or sea salt
- Dried herbs
- Essential oils
- A resealable container
- Decoration like ribbon or gift tags if giving as a gift
What herbs should I use?
I made lavender and mint versions. Lavender is a commonly used herb because it calms and relaxes as well as helps you sleep. Mint is one of my favorite scents! Use mint if you want an energizing bath or a soak to boost your mood. You can also use chamomile, rosemary or even dried rose petals.
1. Combine 2 cups of Epsom salt with 1 cup of kosher salt in a Ziploc bag.
2. Add 8-12 drops of essential oil and squish around to distribute the oil.
3. Pour the salt into a resealable container and top with a couple of tablespoons of dried herbs. Or you can mix in the herbs if you like.
4. Decorate container with ribbon for an easy homemade gift.
5. To use, add a few spoonfuls to a hot bath and enjoy!
More homemade bath salt ideas
1. Vanilla: I made another version with vanilla extract and a vanilla bean. It smells amazing!
2. Colors: You can make colored bath salts by adding a few drops of food coloring when you combine the salt in the Ziploc.
3. Moisturizing: Add a couple of tablespoons of almond oil when mixing the salt together and you’ll add serious moisture to your bath.7