It’s time to relax. You’ve been running, running, running. You’ve been rushing between stores, grabbing gifts for all you know. You’ve been chauffeuring the kids between Christmas pageant rehearsals and Nutcracker shows. You’ve given yourself paper cuts on gift wrap trying to get it all done. And you’re exhausted.

Now, it’s time for you. So take it. But first, we’ve got a gift for you. It’s a gift you can easily make in the comfort of your own home and it’s one you can share! No more worries about last minute gifts. This will do just fine! So before you turn on the hot water to soak your sore feet, grab these inexpensive items from the store (or your garden!). It’s time to make your own lavender bath salts.

Lavender Bath Salts

What you’ll need:
1 cup Epson salt
1/2 cup natural sea salt
20-30 drops of essential oils*
2-3 tablespoons dried lavender buds or other dried herbs like rosemary**
Glass container with lid

Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until blended evenly. Transfer to your preferred glass container and seal with the lid.

To use:
Add about 1/2 cup of your freshly-made bath salts to hot running bath water. Relax!

*Choose one or more of your favorite scents! We love lavender by itself or combined with juniper and rosemary or peppermint.

**If you don’t have dried lavender buds, no worries! You can use a selection of fresh herbs from your garden or dry them yourself. If you go with fresh herbs, just be sure to use the bath salts right away. If you’d like to dry your own lavendar or rosemary, strip the needles and buds from the stems. Place them on a sheet pan and set the oven to 225 degrees. Heat until the herbs are completely dry (approximately two hours).