If you have ever wondered what you can make with rose petals, I’ve got an easy project for you that’s quick to make, and family-friendly so the kids can get involved too.
Today I am sharing my easy-to-make energizing herbal bath salts with you. I made them from fresh clippings from my herb garden, rose petals, and some Epsom salts. I hope you give them a try because they really, truly work.
Roses – Around Since Dinosaurs Walked The Earth!
Roses have been beloved and used for various purposes since the beginning of time. For centuries, they have been revered for their beauty and lovely fragrance and used for tinctures, health, and skincare products.
Today, roses are abundantly growing in residential and commercial gardens and landscaping, and it seems like such a waste to allow their beautiful petals to fall without creating something from them.
This simple herbal bath salts recipe I’m sharing with you today has been passed down from my grandmother. She would gather petals from her exquisite rose garden and drop handfuls of petals into our nightly baths with a scoop of Epsom salts and fresh herbs.
The Epsom salts were a big part of the ritual, as they helped ease our sore muscles from playing outside all day, and relaxed us enough to ensure a good night’s sleep. The benefits of using Epsom salts are amazing; you can learn more about them here.
Herbal bath salts are easy to make and can soak away the aches of a long day of work or tilling in the garden. I needed to make these energizing herbal bath salts after playing in my own herb garden and getting them ready for harvest. These herbal bath salts smell great and they really work!
I used some new trimmings to make these energizing herbal bath salts, and some fresh and dried rose petals from my fifty-plus-year-old rose bush.
This easy herbal bath salts recipe will make you feel rejuvenated in no time. The herbs and flowers I use for this blend are aromatic, soothing, and energizing. And the magnesium in the Epsom Salts help remove muscle soreness
Ingredients for Energizing Herbal Bath Salts
1/4 cup each of rosemary, rose petals, lavender flowers, and mint (dried or fresh)
1 cup of Epsom Salts
4 muslin bags 4″ x 3″
Place the herbs into a bowl. I used a mix of fresh and dried lavender and rose petals for this blend. I also had lots of fresh rosemary and mint, so I used the fresh leaves. You can also add some leaves from the lavender plant if you have them.
Use a pair of kitchen shears or herb scissors to cut the petals and leaves into small pieces. I keep snipping away until everything is approximately 1/4″ in size.
Mixing the Herbs for the Herbal Bath Salts
Add the Epsom salts to the freshly cut herbs and blend everything together with a spoon.
Scoop the herbs and salt mixture into 4×3 inch muslin bags, and pull the strings together tightly to close. Knot the bags, and if you want to make them pretty, tie a sprig of rosemary or lavender in the bow.
Based on the measurements of the ingredients listed above, I make 4 bags of energizing herbal bath salts. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled as you desire. And they can be made or used any time of year and are perfect gifts for your gardener friends.
This recipe for energizing herbal bath salts is one of my favorites, and occasionally I’ll add a few drops of various essential oils to the bathwater for added effects.
Frequently Asked Questions:
If I don’t have my own herb garden, where can I buy them? You can purchase a starter herb garden kit like this one or this one which come with everything you need to start growing indoors that will be planted outside later.
You can also buy seeds or fresh herbs from your local home and garden store. And you can buy herbs that are already cut and dried online through several companies, including Mountain Rose Herbs, Starwest Botanicals, San Francisco Herb Company, ETSY, and Amazon.
Can I add essential oils to the herbal bath bags when I’m making them? Yes, you absolutely can. But I prefer to add my essential oils directly into the water because the oils can evaporate in the bags if they aren’t used immediately.
How long will the herbal bath bags last? Generally speaking, the salts in the herbal bath bags will last indefinitely. However, the herbs themselves will start losing their effectiveness over time. I try to use the bags within 6-months to a year at the most.
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