After a long day gardening, a long hot bath is just the ticket to soothe sore and tired muscles. Herb infused bath salts, hot water, a few candles and some soft piano music to the rescue! (if you were to grab a glass of red wine, I sure won’t tell)
Adding bath salts to your bath can be a very relaxing experience. Some say they are “detoxing” and assist the body in releasing toxins. It may also help to reduce inflammation while softening skin. But, let’s step it up a notch, shall we?
Oh yes, my friends: herb-infused bath salts…
Adding herbs into the salts makes for a more luxurious bath. The different herbs you can use are countless, too. Think relaxing, soothing, anti-inflammatory, or even energizing.
Try some of these herb combinations to make your herb infused bath salts:
- dried rosemary, peppermint, and orange peel (energizing)
- dried arnica and chamomile (for sore muscles)
- dried lavender and calendula (good if you have a sunburn)
Herb Infused Bath Salts Recipe
- bath salts
- 1/4-1/2 cup dried herbs rosemary, chamomile, peppermint, orange peel, calendula, lavender
- jojoba oil or olive oil
- Begin by placing the herbs in an oven proof bowl.
- Cover with jojoba oil. There may be a bit of herbs above the oil at first, but that’s totally okay.
- Place in a 250° oven for 2 hours to allow the herbs to infuse into the oil.
- Gently place the herbs and oil in a cheesecloth to drain into another bowl.
- Squeeze the herbs a bit to get all the oil out.
- Mix the infused oil with 2 cups of the bath salts and shake well.
- Add 1/2 cup of the salts to your next bath.
These bath salts make a great gift idea as well, just make sure to label the jar with all the ingredients you added*
Some Final Words of Wisdom
Or caution, if you’d like. Your bathtub will be more slippery as will your feet, due to the extra oil. You need to be very careful getting out of the tub after using this. We keep an extra towel nearby that we place at the bottom of the tub as the water is draining to provide some slip resistance.
You don’t want to use this more than 2-3 times a week or you may find your drains clogging up. You know your drains better than I do, so just keep that in mind. There isn’t a whole lot of oil in this recipe, and much of it will be on your skin, but just a heads up.
Do you use bath salts? What combination of herbs will you try for your next bath? Be sure to pin this for later!
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.
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