Written by Pennie Mills of Ladies Blend
I am finding that I have more herbs than I have time to tend to them and needed one more quick and easy way to utilize them. This method takes less than five minutes and can be used for just about any type of herb or flower that is suitable for bathing. A warm bath with fragrant herbs and flowers, along with luscious salts to sooth those minor aches and pains from gardening is pure, natural and so relaxing.
- Your favorite bath salts, mine is organic grey sea salt by Breton, but you can also use sea salt from the grocery store.
- Your choice of fragrant herbs/flowers from the garden, such as but not limited to: lavender, rosemary, geranium, chamomile, thyme, mints.
- This is optional, but you could also add some finely ground oats and/or a piece of vanilla bean slit down the center for a beautiful vanilla blend.
Select a container, about twice the size for the amount of salts you wish to make. First add the salt (and ground oats & vanilla bean if you wish) to the container, followed by the herbs, cover. Agitate and shake gently twice a day for a couple of days. Remove the lid from the container and pick out the herbs if you like. Depending on what they are, sometimes, I like to leave them in. Pieces of lavender look beautiful, but wilted mint, mot so much. Take out the vanilla bean if you chose to add one. Add the finished salts to a clear glass bottle, jar or other decorative container.
Pennie Mills is a handmade jewelry designer, candle maker, aromatherapy, all natural health & skincare enthusiast, massage therapist, scrapper, easy sewing seamstress and crafter of all things beautiful! She sells her handmade jewelry, soy candles and atmosphere sprays on her website, Ladies Blend design studio and writes about all topics of interest at the Ladies Blend blog.
- If you chose to leave herbs in the salt mixture and do not mind skimming them off from your bath water before you drain it, you can add the salt mixture (a couple handfuls) directly to your tub filled with warm water.
- You can also fill a small drawstring muslin bag with the salts or add them to a large piece of cheesecloth or other thin material. If the cloth is big enough, you can bring the sides together and tie, if not, then secure with a pieces of raffia, ribbon or string.
- Toss this into your tub, the salts will dissolve and the lavender buds will stay secured inside the pouch.
- When you are finished with your bath, simply empty the herbs from the pouch, you may discard, compost or sprinkle them in your garden.
- Discard or rinse out the pouch/cloth, air dry and use for your next treatment.