Hello again! It’s Erin stopping by from Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry. As I’m sure you are fully aware, it’s January. The end of January, specifically. This is the point where I’m
kinda sick of winter. The snow is pretty. The negative temperatures, not so much. I’m ready for sunshine and flowers, but that is still months… and months… away for me. (Minnesotan here.) In order to keep warm and cozy, there are a couple options: wool sweater, hot drink, cuddly blanket, or a warm bath. If bathes are your thing, I’ve got some great DIY bath salt recipes for you.
- Epsom Salt
Baking Soda(Update: Some people reported that their bath salts were hardening with the original recipe that included baking soda. After doing some research, it seems baking soda may be the culprit. I have taken the baking soda out of the recipe to hopefully avoid this issue. However, adding a small scoop of baking soda to the bath water, along with the bath salts, would be ideal.)
- *Essential Oil
- Food Coloring (Optional)- Please note: If you choose to add food coloring to the salts, less is more. Start with just 1-2 drops and work your way up to the desired color, one drop at a time. If you add too much moisture to the salts, this can cause the salts to harden over time.
*Please be aware that some essential oils are not recommended when pregnant, or for use with very young children. Please consult a health professional to address any questions or concerns.
All bath salt recipes start off the same way: Pour 2 cups of Epsom salt into a bowl. You can certainly use more or less depending on the size of your container.
Now you can experiment a little bit with fragrance and color. Here are some great ones to start with:
Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts:
By adding 10-15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, you create a wonderful relaxing scent. I decided to add a bit of blue and red food coloring to the salts for added color. Keep mixing until evenly distributed.
“Perk Me Up” Peppermint Bath Salts:
Add 10-15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil to the Epsom salts to create an energizing scent. This time I decided to get a little fancy and divided the mixture in half prior to adding the color. I then layered it in the container for a striped appearance.
“Clear Your Sinuses” Bath Salts:
The last combination was created for those times when you’re suffering from a cold or flu. The brand of oil I use has a combination oil containing Eucalyptus, Myrtle, Marjoram, Pine, Lavender, Cypress, Black Spruce, and Peppermint. You could also combine 3-5 drops each of Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Peppermint in lieu of the combination oil. I decided to go yellow with this one. You really need a cheery color when you’re not feeling well, right?
After you are done mixing everything together, store the salts in an airtight container. Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, these bath salt would make a great gift, just add a label with a little wooden scoop, and you’re good to go.
Here are some free printable labels for your bath salts:
*These printables are formatted for Avery 5410 labels. When you arrive to the “print screen”, uncheck the “Fit to Page” box so they print correctly onto the 4×6 page.
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Here are a couple more ideas for you: