I’m starting to have a Happy Homemade Holiday. If you’re like me, you’ve still got a little last minute holiday shopping left on your list. Here’s a thrifty gift idea that is not only unique, but fun and oh-so-aromatic to make. And, let’s face it, we all love it when someone makes something for us. There’s so much more love in a homemade gift because you know that someone took the time to create something especially for you. I got inspiration for this idea after visiting L’Apothecary Nature Spa in Sedona. There, you could design your own bath soak from a wonderful selection of salts and herbs. So, I decided to bring the idea home with me and share it with family and friends for the holidays.
Here’s the recipe from the soak I made in Sedona:
Natural Bath Soak:
1 Cup Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
1 tsp Calendula
1 TBS Lavendar
1/2 tsp Peppermint
3-4 leaves of white sage
In order to make large quantities of the bath soak, I marched myself over to the Lhasa Karnak herb store in Berkeley and bought out their apothecary jars filled with sea salt and Himalayan salt (which totaled around 5 pounds, although you could also use Epsom salts that you can find at any drug store. Next, I bought 2 ounces each of the following herbs: – rose petals – lavender – white sage – calendula – yarrow and – violet. I also purchased a mortar and pestle to grind the herbs down to make the soak. You want to start with one herb, then gradually add each herb to grind together. Once you have a nice mixture going, just add it to your sea salts. I found that the yarrow was a little too twiggy, so I would recommend using something else. And, truly just 2 or 3 different herbs in each soak is plenty. Have some fun experimenting with the different combinations. You really can’t do anything wrong- there is no bad mixture. And, your whole house will smell delicious.
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