One of my all-time favorite attitude adjusters is a good soak in an herbal infused bath. I often enjoy this ritual after a long day on the farm or traveling home from an herbal conference. This bath salt recipe will nourish the skin, ease the mind, and relax the body.
With this crazy busy world we live in, it’s even more important than ever to give yourself time for self care. Like me, you probably also have big dreams of someday taking a well-deserved two-week retreat, getting a panchakarma treatment, or basking on a shoreline somewhere faraway…Until that big dream happens, our bath salt recipe and ritual will take you to a state of calmness to get you through the next week.
Consider this recipe a starting place! I invite you to use your imagination and play around with herbs and oils you love and are drawn to, or those you might happen to have growing around you. This also makes a perfect gift, for yourself or for a loved one.
Bath Salt Recipe
- 3 cups Epsom salt
- 1 cup Fine Sea salt (As much as I love it, I personally don’t use Himalayan salt for environmental and political reasons shared with me by DeAnna Batdorff of the Dhyanna Center)
- 1 cup Baking soda, sifted if clumpy
- 1/2 cup mixed dried herbs (I love equal parts Rose petals, Calendula, and Lavender); other optional herbs to use: california poppy, lemon balm, wild bergamot bee balm, milky oat tops or chamomile
- 2 tbsp sweet almond or olive oil (I love using our Calendula Infused Oil)
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil
- 3 drops of clary sage essential oil (or swap with Douglas Fir, Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, Rose, or Rosemary)
- Spoon for mixing
- Measuring cup and spoons
- 2 mixing bowls
- Sifter, if needed for the baking soda
- Wide mouth glass jar with lid
- Coffee grinder, food processor or mortar and pestle to break down the dried herbs as fine as possible so that your tub stays clean or put them in a bath tea bag
- Mix dried ingredients into one bowl.
- In another bowl, mix together grapeseed oil and essential oils. Alternatively, you can add the essential oils into each jar individually so that you can make different blends.
- Add wet ingredients to dried ingredients. Mix until combined.
- Store in jars. This recipe should make enough for four 8 oz jars.
- Expiration date unknown, as they never last too long on this farm!
I’m a big proponent of adding ritual to your bathing, both for relaxation and mindfulness. I have included some of my ritual steps below!
Bathing Ritual Steps
- Disconnect to reconnect. Turn off your phone and let others in the house know you are taking some time to yourself. Kids may not listen, but it’s worth a try!
- Light a candle and set an intention for your time with yourself.
- Draw your bath and give thanks to the water. Give thanks and gratitude for the fact that you have running water which the many of the world’s population does not have.
- Pour a cup or so of herbal infused bath salts into the warm running water.
- As the salts are dissolving in the water, apply a body scrub/polish or do a dry brushing to invigorate your lymph system and warm your body. The motion will start at your feet and move to your heart, same with your hands to your heart.
- Give yourself a lymph massage with an infused herbal oil, the motion will be from your feet to heart and hands to heart.
- Slip into the warm bath and relax for at least 15-20 minutes.
- Bring a cup of herbal tea to sip in the bath while relaxing, listen to music or read.
- Lightly towel dry off and allow time for your body to absorb the experience.
- Blow out your candle and set a date and time for your next bathing ritual.
We encourage you to download our Herbal Production Log as you make this recipe. It will help you track your intentions, reflections and tips for future recipes. Happy herbal making!
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