Who doesn’t need some relaxation these days, particularly around the holidays? I love epsom salt and lavender so this easy, DIY recipe is a win and takes two seconds to put together!
Epsom salt is fantastic for relieving aches as well as detoxifying the body. The active ingredients in epsom salt are magnesium and sulfur, which absorb through your skin when you soak. This healing salt is responsible for reducing inflammation, soothing itchy skin (sulfur), relieving sore muscles and stiff joints, lowering stress (magnesium), exfoliating skin and eliminating toxins from the body.
The stress-reducing benefits of Epsom salt may come from magnesium, which regulates blood pressure and promotes healthy nerve function. (Livestrong)
Lavender is incredibly relaxing for the body and therapeutic-grade oils can be used for skin abrasions, cuts, wounds, etc. “Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled” (source).
DIY Lavender Bath & Foot Soak Recipe
- Epsom salt – you can find this at Walgreens, Rite Aid or any local store that has a pharmacy. I bought a 6 lb. bag for $5.99
- Course sea salt (optional)
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Dried Lavender Flowers
- Mason Jars (16 oz. for bath soak, half pint size for foot soak)
- Label of your choice
- Baker’s twine
Now comes the easy part. You can mix it all up in a bowl and pour into your jar or layer it.
Layer how-to: Fill your mason jar with epsom salt 1/4th of the way up, then sprinkle a bit of course sea salt on top of the epsom salt, it doesn’t have to be exact. 🙂
Then, drop 3-5 drops of lavender oil on top of the salts, close lid and shake.
Take the lid off, sprinkle in a bit of dried lavender flowers. Close the lid and shake some more.
Repeat this process until you get to the top of the jar. When its full, place a label of your choice on the top of the mason jar lid, write the name of your soak, secure the lid, tie baker’s twine around it and you’re good to go!
I chose half-pint size mason jars shown in the pics for my foot soak. You can make your own labels or choose from a variety of mason jar pre-made labels.
Directions for a bath soak: Fill a bathtub with warm to hot water, pour entire contents of a 16 oz. mason jar/2 cups in the bath, let it dissolve, then soak for a minimum of 15 minutes. Drink 1 full glass of water during the soak to aid in detoxification.
Directions for a foot soak: Fill a foot tub or pan big enough to soak your feet with warm to hot water. Pour a half pint/1 cup of your soak ingredients in the water. Soak for a minimum of 15 minutes. Drink 1 full glass of water during or after the soak to aid in detoxification.
A Word About Essential Oils
Okay, so I am in love with Young Living essential oils. I am. I honestly didn’t know I would be before using them and was a bit of a skeptic. But, understanding the science behind them and how they have helped our family completely changed my mind cue “I’m a Believer.” They truly have changed our family and how we go about ‘treating’ things like cuts, achey heads, sore muscles, the need for deep sleep, etc. If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on organic, pure oils of the highest quality here’s how: YL Essential Oils. I would love to help you along your essential oil journey. You can also request access to my closed FB oily group here where we talk about all things oils and how to use them.
DIY Lavender Bath & Foot Soak Buying Kit
Happy Holidays! Enjoy your relaxing soak!
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Note: The small amount of essential oils in this soak will not prevent detoxification. Leave out the dried lavender buds if you have a plant allergy. YL essential oils do not contain allergens and in fact, lavender essential oil is used FOR allergies during allergy season.
Dried Lavender: You can dry your own in the summer months or they can be found in the bulk section of New Seasons, Whole Foods, Amazon and any local herb shop. I love my local shop Stone Cottage. I know the owners personally and they are awesome, so is their shop, I could spend all day in there…a wall of dried, loose teas, herbs, infused sea salts, spices for your kitchen, green powders…They also have an online store if you are not local @ Herbsspicesteas.com
Where do you buy your dried lavender flowers? I didn’t dry enough from our garden this year.
Hey, Emily! I didn’t either 🙁 Next year! I love my local herb shop, but it is clear across town and I didn’t pick up lavender on my last trip. So, I tried Whole Foods. They do sell dried lavender in their bulk section, but were completely out because someone else bought the entire stock for their own DIY projects. 🙂 Then I checked New Seasons and sure enough they also sell dried lavender in their bulk section. I got about 1.5-2 cups of dried lavender for $1.50!
Here is the local shop my friends own. I absolutely love it and they have an online store, too, if you can’t find anything in your area.
Very pretty! I love the lavender buds in it and that works for a foot bath or bowl/pan type container but when making bath salts for a bath that drains I like to leave the lavender buds out. Very messy/clogging in the tub. I get my buds and other petals/flowers (chamomile, calendula, rose) from Elements Bath and Body. We’re pretty lucky to have a couple good Bath and Body Suppliers in town too for essentail oils and base oils if you get into making more things. Shay and Company is on 82nd Ave in Clackamas and Essential Wholesale is also in Clackamas, on 82nd Dr right off I-205.
Thanks, Mary Ann! Yes, I remember this well after I had J. My midwife gave me a sitz bath made with salts and dried herbs and I had a heap of wet herbs to clean up after. I don’t take baths often so I don’t mind a bit of herbs at the end. Thank you for all of these resources. I am on the West side and need to do some research into shops near me. My favorite herb shop is in Gladstone, which doesn’t work for quick errands. I’ll have to check out the ones you suggested for one big trip! Thanks again!
I need to check out Stone Cottage, it sounds like such a fun shop!
You will love it! My friends Josh and John, tell them you know me. They have loose teas, medicinal herbs, infused sea salts…great little shop in Gladstone area.
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Thank you for this simple recipe. I am going to make these for the hard working teacher at my daughters school. I’m guessing this soak doesn’t fizz. Do you think I could add citric acid and baking soda for a little fizzy? Lmk thanks!
You could definitely try it and see! Let me know how it turns out!