Oh, yes you can make this yourself!
And, I'm going to show you how!
It's so easy and looks so pretty when it's finished.

Is there anything more calming than a luxurious soak in a hot tub?
With the fragrance of lavender or roses wafting around you
as you relax in serene bliss?
No there isn't!

Let's get started then!


Find a pretty bottle or jar to fill with your
Bath Salt concoction!
I had several to choose from because for years I've been buying up
glass decanters from flea markets, garage sales and Value Village.
You can get them from "for free" to around $10.00 or you can pay an exorbitant
price for them, but I prefer cheap, cheap, cheap!

Aren't they so beautiful?!


Collect your ingredients together.
(I just happened to have all of them....I know...herb junky!)

1/4 cup Sea Salts
1 cup Epsom Salts
2 Tbsp Borax
(or you can just use one of these ingredients @1-1/4cups if you don't have all three)

Essential Oil of Choice
(I used Rose, Lavender and Vanilla)

Food Colouring

Dried Herbs of Choice
(I used Rose and Lavender)

2 Tbsp Powdered Milk



(note:  You won't have this much if you follow the above amounts because I tripled it)

Lavender Vanilla Bath Salts
Add your salts and Borax to a large bowl.
Add the essential oil one drop at a time until you reach your desired fragrance.
(I used Lavender/Vanilla above in a ratio of 2/1)
Tint the mixture at this point.
If you are blending two colours (like I did with red/blue to achieve purple),
do them first in a separate bowl as shown here.
I found that you really have to smoosh the salts with the back of a spoon to mix
the colours in...as they tend to clump up a bit in the salt.
So, smoosh, smoosh, smoosh til colour is right for you!
Add in your dried herbs and powdered milk and stir.
The powdered milk will help moisturize your skin.

Rose Lavender Bath Salts
With the Rose Bath Salts, I used
Rose/Lavender in a ratio of 1/1.
My reason for that is I find the Rose rather strong myself and it just kind of tones it down.

Okay!  The Bath Salts are done!
We just need to bottle them!


Here's where I had some more fun!

When you are bottling the Bath Salts, you have to remember
that if you are putting dried herbs in, you need to have a wee bag on hand to
put a few spoonfuls of the salts into.
This way, the herbs won't go down your drain!

So I decided to make decorate up some bags with a
"Graphics Fairy" image which was a garden frame that I put in the words
"HerBallistic Garden Bath Salts"

I'm so proud of these!
And, it only took me two tries...hahahaha!
This was the first time I'd tried this
"Citrasolve Method"
that my friend Maureen over at It's All Connected
gave a tutorial on how to do the transfers!

My bottles of beautiful Bath Salts are complete now!
A lovely Gift for someone special
Keep it for Yourself!

(note: Basis of this recipe came from Creative Home Magazine, Spring 2009,
Written by Laura Holtorf Collins)

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My Calendula Oil and Rose Oil have been prepared!
See how it was done HERE
Read all about Calendula (Marigold) HERE

Make sure your "coloured glass bottles" are very clean before
pouring the oils into them.
They should be coloured because oils are light sensitive, and this helps the oil to not go rancid.

Here, you can see I have put labels on that have been
stamped and coloured in the center.
Yellow for calendula & pink for rose!
I also like to add a few drops of essential oil to my homemade oils.
Although, my rose oil smells of course like a beautiful rose, I find that
adding just a few drops into the bottle makes it a fuller aroma!

This box was homemade for me by my stepson Duncan
when he was around 13-14yrs old.
It is my favourite box.
If you'll look at the bottom of it....you'll see why!

I store all of my essential oils in this box and have for years!


We're ready to make handcream now!  Or, just to add some
luxurious oil to our bath!

Keep an eye out for the handcream lesson!

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            Years ago I took a distance learning course (in my not so free time) and received a certificate as a Natural Health Consultant.  I've always had a love of herbs, growing and using them and recently I've delved more into flower gardening.  If you have anything to add to my posts, please comment so others can gain your knowledge too!


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