Editor’s note, December 2020: As we spend more time at home these days, getting cozy and catching up on our reading lists, we’re taking a moment to revisit some of our favorites—like this beginner-friendly self-care DIY from February of 2018.
Ready to take your self-care game to the next level? With just a few simple ingredients, it’s easy to transform your tub time into a restorative, botanical-infused soak. This quick and easy DIY combines pretty pink Himalayan salt with soothing calendula, calming lavender, and refreshing rose. So go ahead and draw a bath, and prepare to relax, unwind, and quiet your mind.
At a glance
Time: 30 minutes or less
You will need
- Small mixing bowl
- Measuring cups
- Medium grain pink Himalayan salt
- Dried lavender buds
- Dried calendula flowers
- Dried rose buds and petals
- Essential oils
- Glass jar
Step 1: Measure one cup of pink Himalayan salt and pour it into a mixing bowl.
Step 2: Add 1-2 generous spoonfuls of lavender buds.
Step 3: Add a sizeable pinch of calendula flowers. Crush gently with your fingers and remove any dried stems or hard buds.
Step 4: Sprinkle in a large pinch of dried rose buds. Lightly crush any large flowers or petals and remove the hard buds and stems.
Step 5: Use a spoon to stir together the salt and flower petals. Add any additional buds or petals to balance the color and fragrance.
Step 6: Add 10 to 15 drops of essential oils. (We used Rose Absolute, but feel free to get creative with your favorite combinations). Continue stirring the mixture until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Step 7: Use a measuring cup or large spoon to pour the salt soak into a glass jar. Store in a cool, dry place until bath time.
To use: Pour a handful of your salt soak in a warm bath, letting the salt dissolve. Relax and enjoy!
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Projects, styling, and photography by Hannah Bridge, Brigette Muller, and Jessica Ulrich.