Dearest Water Lilies,

To soak in a tub filled with scented epsom salts is a real treat. It offers many health benefits too.

I began making bath salts in high school. Grandma made toiletries such as bath soap. So learning to spruce up epsom salt seemed like a natural thing to want to do.

All plant life –flowers, trees, herbs– contain oil. If you’ve ever peeled an orange then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Those oils, called essential oils, are super concentrated. They smell extremely good. And are great for bath salts!

Lavender or eucalyptus are fairly affordable, around $7 – $10 a bottle. My favorite brands are Now and Aura Cacia. Buy them at natural or health food stores. Or at places that specialize in essential oils.

Oils are a thrifty purchase. They can be used in bath salts and other home-made items (Lavendar for Ironing).

Here is a pretty basic bath salt recipe. Add anywhere from a handful to 2 cups in a warm bath.

Feminine Formula

  • 2 Cups Epsom Salt
  • 6 – 10 drops Lavender or Rose Essential Oil
  • Plastic container with tight-fitting lid

Masculine Formula

  • 2 Cups Epsom Salt
  • 6 – 10 drops Eucalyptus or Patchouli Essential Oil
  • Plastic container with tight-fitting lid
  1. Put epsom salt into a plastic container. Break up any clumps with your hands.
  2. Drop the essential oil in different places of the epsom salt to avoid clumping.
  3. Put the lid on the container. Shake well to mix.
  4. Let sit about a week before using so fragrance can infuse the salts.

Keep this out of the reach of kids.

When pregnant, consult an aromatherapy book (or call me) to see which oils are safe for pregnant women to handle.