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Recipes of a TOTALLY different nature…
you won't eat them, but you might say these will make bath time delicious!!

I have really been enjoying bath salts in my baths… They really do seem to help alleviate the pain I have in my legs both from vericosities and the aggravating restless leg syndrome I have been experiencing.   Below are a few different recipes that I think you'll enjoy... and one that was recently sent to me.



Rock salt - 1cup Epsom salts
2 cups Morton’s table salt
½ Cup Glycerin
1 Cup of baking soda

Essential oil (choose your favourite fragrance)
just a few drops
Food colouring (a few drops)

Bath Salts

1 cup Epsom salts

1 cup baking soda
1 cup table salt ( or canning salt)

Few drops of essence oil stirred or shaken in a heavy plastic baggie.

Put the Bath Salts in a decorative container

For Bath Salts Recipes:

Mix all of this in a large bag or bowl and then put into a jar or jars. Then put about a quarter cup in your bath under the hot running water. Then soak away!

This could be a nice gift for someone you know. You might choose a colour that would look nice in that particular bathroom.

Essential oils can be bought at Michael’s craft stores… or "Online" from different sources.


Here’s a general bath salt recipe

2 cups coarse rock salt
6 drops food colouring
18 drops essential oil
¼ teaspoon glycerin

Use ½ cup salts per bath.

Essential oils can be purchased "online," at fragrance stores, some craft stores and natural food stores.

Remember the glycerin---the glycerin makes the salts "glisten," and the salts look so pretty this way. You can usually find glycerin at the pharmacy or the drug store.

Colouring: Liquid food colouring is only so-so for colouring---so, use cake decorating paste colours---they are a bit more expensive, but a little goes a very long way. These also give you opportunity to make some of the more unique shades: crème, sage, lavender, etc. You’ll have to stir and stir and stir to blend the colours well. For the mixing: Use glass bowls and metal spoons. Plastic or wood absorbs the oil/fragrance.

You can put these salts in jars with pretty lids or you can put them in bags. Now, the "baggies" way of packaging is not so great because the fragrance tends to fade and the baggies get tiny little holes in them. So, another thing you can do is to use Food-Saver system bags or Seal-A-Meal bags. This way you can determine the amount you want to put in each bag and seal them according to that amount. The plastic bags can be put into a decorated fabric bag and tied with pretty ribbon or raffia and dried flowers.

Another Basic Recipe

2 cups Epsom salts
10-15 drops of your favorite fragrance or essential oil
Mix together in a big metal bowl
(remember, plastic absorbs the oil fragrance).

Then put in a jelly jar. Cut a piece of fabric into a circle (with about an inch or two extra to make a ruffle), and put it over the flat lid section of the jar.

Additions: You can also mix 1 cup of baking soda, for softer water. Also, for a creamy bath, add one cup of regular powdered milk.