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Make Nurturing Bath Salts

homemade bath salts

Looking for ways to pamper yourself or a loved one? One of my favorite ways to relax is to take a hot bath after the kids are in bed. As much as I love making a bath luxurious with salts or bubbles, I’ve moved away from that in recent years as I’ve grown more and more concerned about bathing in synthetic chemicals.

What if you could bathe in a natural, soothing, herbal bath instead? That’s what the following recipe for Mama’s Passion Bath Salts provides.

This recipe is featured in Michele’s @ Frugal Granola‘s book — Herbal Nurturing: A Family Healing & Learning Guide.

Imagine packaging these up in beautiful half-pint glass jars and sticking an attractive label on it along with a hand-tied bow. How cute would that be? I’m always in search of the perfect homemade gifts.

Mama’s Passion Bath Salts

The Players

  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salts (or 1/4 cup Epsom Salts + 1/4 cup Sea Salts)
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup dried Rosebuds
  • 5-6 drops Essential Oil of Rose Geranium (where to buy essential oils)

(For online sources of organic bulk herbs, check out the listings on my Resources page.)

The How-To

Mix together and add desired amount to warm bath. (You may want to use a tea ball or muslin bag, to keep the rosebuds from clogging the drain, if you think that might be a problem.)


Want MORE Wonderful Gift Ideas?

Check out Herbal Nurturing: A Family Healing & Learning Guide. For a little more than $8, this handy e-book is full of lovely natural remedies that would make perfect gifts!

As I’m sure you already know, I’ll make a small amount on the sale of this book if you buy it through a link on my site. But I wouldn’t be sharing this with you if I weren’t honestly in love with all the recipes I’ve tried! So, thank you for your support.

Also, you may want to check out my Relaxing Bath Salts Recipe, too.

(photo by rutthenut)

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6 Responses to Make Nurturing Bath Salts
  1. Erin
    November 11, 2010 | 8:17 pm

    What great timing with the holidays right around the corner! Think I’ve found my homemade gift for the year! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Alea
    November 12, 2010 | 12:50 am

    Thanks for sharing. i love the idea of being able to make bath salts for gifts!

    • KristenM
      November 12, 2010 | 1:16 pm

      Lovely idea, isn’t it?

  3. Alida
    November 12, 2010 | 12:51 am

    Just wanted to post a link to a much better alternative to Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate). It’s magnesium chloride…please check it out!

    • Michele @ Frugal Granola
      November 12, 2010 | 11:32 am

      Absolutely, Alida! :) If you can find real sea salts, they are full of wonderful benefits (such as the magnesium). For a frugal gift idea, others may find Epsom salts more easily obtained/affordable, but I do love to use the real salts in my own baths.

      The rose geranium oil can be balancing during women’s “hormonal” times or even the stress of a busy holiday season. :)


  4. Amy
    November 15, 2010 | 6:56 pm

    I am making a different version of bath salts for a swap that I am participating in. I love the idea of bath salt that use natural essential oils vs chemicals.

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