Making Bath Salts with Herbs and Essential Oils

Making bath salts is a fun and easy craft, and makes a great gift for any time of year.  This project starts with Epsom salts and essential oils. Then you add layers of dried herbs for added beauty and health benefits. Best of all, it looks so pretty in the jar.

Making Bath Salts with Herbs and Essential Oils

Making bath salts with herbs and essential oils is easy to do. A great mason jar gift that is affordable enough for everyone on your list.

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Combine the natural beauty and benefits of epsom salts and herbs in a mason jar for the perfect handmade gift.

The materials for this project include Epsom salts, which have long been used to soothe achy joints and sore muscles. Layered with herbs like lavender, known for relaxation, calendula, and rose petals to soften skin, this “salon in a jar,” is as wonderful to look at, as it is to use in the tub. 

Note: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any concerns about using these materials please check with your doctor first.

Material List

Epsom Salts
Lavender Essential Oil
Rose Petals
Muslin Bags

Epsom salts and essential oils are said to work wonders in the bath.

The process for making bath salts is easy.

Pour some of the Epsom salts in a jar. I used about 1 cup to this pint-sized mason jar.  

Next add 20 drops of lavender essential oil and stir.

Followed by 1/2 cup of rose petals, lavender, calendula flowers and 1/4 cup of peppermint.

Add a little draw string muslin bag on top.

Layers of soothing herbs and salts for a relaxing bath make a great handmade gift for the holidays.

You can layer the herbs in any order you want. Increase or decrease the amounts. Add or subtract the herbs. Other choices are rosemary, lemon balm, chamomile and sage to name a few. You can also skip the lavender oil, or change it to one you prefer, or already have on hand.

Using canning jars to store herbs and salts for the bath.

Use a pretty Weck jar like this one instead of the mason jar.

Pretty botanicals for the bath with a built in muslin bag.

Free Printable:

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Handmade gifts are some of the best ways to thank those you love during the holidays, and really anytime of year. Making bath salts, like this one in a jar, has the added bonus of looking pretty all on its own. So even if they are a shower person, I think anyone would love displaying the jar as part of their bathroom decor.


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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Love it, and a great gift! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  2. I love this so much!

  3. Thanks for this – I’ve bee looking into essential oils more lately and this is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing at the Share the Wealth Sunday party – we hope to see you again soon!

  4. This look heavenly Patti! I love using herbs in the bath… they are always so calming and smell wonderful <3 Thank you for linking your recipe up to the Inspiration Galore Project Party last week. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely weekend.

  5. Gorgeous! What an elegant and pampering gift! Pinned and sharing. Thank you for linking up at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party this week. We hope to see you back again starting Sunday at 12 EST.

  6. Love the Week Jars. I need to try this. Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared.

  7. What a great gift idea, thanks for it!

  8. I love the use of herbs in the recipe, thanks for sharing

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