Make homemade bath salts for a loved one who loves to soak.
- Aromatherapist:Your kid.
- Half-gallon container of Epsom salts
- Essential oils:In grandma's favorite scent: lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, rose etc. Find them online at thearomatheripstusa.com or at your local health food store.
- Two cups baking soda
- 1 cup table salt
- Measuring cup
- Large mixing bowl
- Bottles or jar:An old jam jar, a Tupperware container—any airtight container will do.
- Embellishments:Fabric scraps, ribbon, glitter, rhinestones, silk flowers, paint and stickers.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks:Kids and hot glue don't mix, so make sure you do all the gluing!
- Head to the store and pick up the essential oils, salt, baking soda and tub of Epsom salts.
- Have your kid dump the Epsom salts, baking soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.
- Invite her to add a few drops of the essential oils. Encourage her to start slowly and gradually add more until she's happy with the strength of the scent. Note that the stronger the aroma, the less bath salt the bather will need to use and the longer the gift will last.
- Stir it all up.
- Invite your kid to decorate the jar. She can paint it and add ribbon and tiny silk flowers to it. Or she can cover it in stickers and gobs of glitter.
- Finally, help her transfer the salts into the decorative container and wrap it up as a special gift. Keep your fingers crossed that you're the one getting the gift. A hot bath right now would be lovely.
- Your little aromatherapist can select the scents purely by smell, or choose them based on their aromatherapeutic qualities. Lavender and jasmine fight depression. Orange and ylang-ylang ease anger (good to know). The scent of rose soothes grief, grapefruit combats exhaustion and frankincense and geranium are stress busters. Want to learn more about essential oils and emotional well-being? Check out Aromaweb.com.