The holidays are now upon us and the next thing I know, I'll be watching the ball drop at midnight. Each year I have fabulous intentions of creating homemade gifts from my kitchen for friends and family, but somehow the time slips by and my good intentions rarely make it to reality.
This year is different. This year I am committed. And this year I am starting early. As in, now!
If you've been wanting to get into the spirit of homemade gifts, I have just the thing: DIY lavender bath salts. These bath salts were inspired by my trip to the Sequim Lavender Festival this past summer. I'm still working through my incredible stash of dried lavender and essential oil and needed to come up with a creative way to use up the rest of it. Bath salts to the rescue!
(These pictures were taken in Sequim in July and as I sit here wrapped up in two sweaters and three pairs of socks it seems crazy to see a picture of myself in a tee-shirt!)
Bath salts are simple and incredibly cost-effective to make, plus, who doesn't love a nice relaxing bath during a chilly winter? If you are the crafty-type, you can even dye the salts different colors and make a nice label for your jar.
My bath salt recipe involves only four ingredients: epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda, and lavender essential oil. Epsom salt and sea salt are wonderful at relaxing the muscles and drawing toxins from the body while baking soda is fabulous for softening skin. The lavender provides a relaxing fragrance, but you could also experiment with other essential oils like rosemary and peppermint.
DIY Lavender Bath Salts
Makes 3 cups (1 - 2 gifts)
2 cups epsom salt
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup baking soda
10 drops lavender essential oil
Mix ingredients together and transfer to a container.
To use: add bath salts under hot running water to dissolve. Soak and relax!