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Homemade bath salts

A good soak in a hot bath at the end of the day relaxes the body — and with the addition of aromatics and Epsom salts, soothes the senses. You can buy a variety of bath salts, but they are easy to make at home. Even better, you can customize your homemade versions with your favorite essential oils.

Follow these tips to make a batch for your next bath, or package it in a jar with a festive bow to give as a gift this holiday season.

Basic Recipe:

  • 1 quart-size canning jar (or four 8 oz. jars for gift-giving)
  • 2½ cups Epsom salts, extra fine
  • 1/4 cup pink or white sea salt, medium grain (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pink or white sea salt, coarse grain (optional)

Add-ins for Relaxation:

  • 1–2 ml (about 20–40 drops) essential oil, such as lavender or rose
  • 3 tbs. dried lavender
  • 3 tbs. cornflower or rose petals or other dried flowers

Add-ins for Energizing:

  • 1–2 ml (about 20–40 drops) essential oil, such as grapefruit, orange, lemon, or peppermint
  • Dried zest from one orange, grapefruit, or lemon
  • 2 tbs. dried herbs, such as rosemary or mint

Mix salts together in a large bowl. Add oil, dried flowers or zest, and herbs, if using, and stir well. Store in glass jars. Your salts will keep ­indefinitely, but fragrances will begin to fade after six months. To use, place in a sachet to retain dried flowers and prevent clogged pipes.

This originally appeared as “How to Make Your Own Bath Salts” in the December 2020 print issue of Experience Life.

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