Soothing Lavender Vanilla Oatmeal Bath Salts

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There is almost nothing I like more than a long soak in the tub, especially while growing a tiny human. Epsom salts have wonderful properties for achy bones by themselves, but add in some sea salt, baking soda vanilla and lavender and you are in for a treat. Oatmeal has great anti-inflammatory properties and is wonderful for soothing dry skin. This recipe makes more base than needed so you can whip up another batch of bath salts at a later date more easily. The base can be used for any bath soak or salt you’d like to make. Peppermint and eucalyptus are invigorating and chamomile is calming. A few flowers and oatmeal grains will stay behind in the tub unless you use a little sachet bag (available at craft stores) or large loose leaf tea bags to act like a filter. Alternatively, give the tub a good rinse after bathing.

Yield: Makes 5 cups of base, 2 cups of lavender salts.

What You Need:
Base:
2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup sea salt
1 cup baking soda
1 cup pulverized oats (coffee grinder or blender)

Oils and Flowers:
5 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops vanilla essential oil
1/4 cup lavender flowers

Equipment:
Jar
Scoop (optional)
Sachet bag/bulk tea bag

Directions:
Whisk all base ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
Scoop 2 cups of base into a sandwich bag or separate bowl, and add the lavender flowers. Seal and store the remaining base in a cool dark place.

Add 5 large drops of lavender to bag or bowl and immediately seal/shake or mix well. Add 3 drops of vanilla and seal/shake or mix well. Smell and add 1-2 more drops of oil if you want a stronger smell in the bath.

Scoop the mix into a decorative container and give it as a gift with the little sachet bag and usage instructions tied onto the container or use yourself!

To Use:
With Sachet:
Scoop salts into a sachet bag, and run under running water and soak for 20 minutes. Discard flowers from sachet, rinse and let air dry. If using a tea bag, simply discard it after use.

Without: Pour 1/4-1/2 cup of bath salts into running water and soak for 20 minutes. Drain the tub and rinse remaining lavender flowers and oatmeal grains.

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