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Lavender Orange Bath Soak Recipe

Need a super quick gift idea?  Try making this Lavender Orange Bath Soak.  It's great for relaxing sore muscles, and everyone loves the bright cheery scent.

Let the kids get in on this one.  It's so easy to make and is a great gift from little one to Grandma. 

The recipe below makes enough to fill two half-pint (8 oz.) sized mason jars or 8 oz. cellophane goodie bags (get these in the candy-making aisle at the craft store).  Feel free to double, triple, or quadruple this recipe if you need more.  You can get everything you need for this at the health food store.


Lavender Orange Bath Soak

2 cups Epsom salts, divided
2 Tablespoons baking soda, divided
48 drops Lavender essential oil
48 drops Sweet orange essential oil
Red, yellow, and purple (or blue) food coloring -- optional, for colored bath soak 

Instructions for colored bath soak: You'll need 2 mixing bowls.  Put 1 cup Epsom salt into each bowl.  Then, measure out 1 tablespoon baking soda into each bowl.  (The baking soda helps soften the bath water, and leaves your skin feeling soft too.)  Stir.


Into the first bowl, add 1 drop red food coloring and 2 drops yellow.  Stir vigorously to color all pieces of salt.  This can take a minute or two.  Don't worry, the food coloring won't stain your bathtub or your skin while bathing!


  
Once your salts are a lovely orange, add 48 drops of sweet orange essential oil.  Stir well to disperse the lavender oil into the entire soak.


Next, you'll make the purple layer of our bath soak.  To the second bowl, add 2 drops purple food coloring.  (If you don't have purple, you can mix 2 drops red with 1 drop blue food coloring.  I just find I get a prettier color with the purple.) 



Again, stir like mad.  Pretty purple!  Now, add 48 drops of lavender essential oil.  Stir again.



Into your jars the bath soak goes!  Layer the colors by 1/4 cupfuls into the jars.  You'll end up with a pretty orange and purple soak.

Tie a pretty ribbon on the lid and you're done.  It also looks cute with a bit of burlap or a nice washcloth tied over the lid.  Add a handwritten label and you've got a darling handcrafted gift for anyone.

Instructions for non-colored bath soak:  If you'd rather not use food coloring, just place all salts and baking soda into a single bowl.  Stir in both the lavender essential oil and sweet orange essential oil, and mix until well incorporated.  Pour into jars and you're done!  So easy!  And the salts will still look pretty, natural, and rustic.
  
Usage directions:  To use, pour 1/2 cup into warm bath water.  Soak for at least 20 minutes. 

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