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Lavender Orange Bath Soak Recipe

With spring in full swing, it means spending more time outside: working in the garden, biking, hiking, chasing the kids around the playground (and squeezing down the twirly slide). So, it goes without saying that spring is the time of year for sooooore muscles.

This bath soak will take care of that problem pronto. And the bright, cheery scent is perfect for this time of year.

(Pssst. Let the kids help make this one. It's so easy and would be a great Mother's Day gift from little ones to Mama or Grandma.)

Lavender Orange Bath Soak

This recipe 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 or triple if you need more. You can get everything you need for this at the health food store.

What you'll need:
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 

Step 1: You'll need 2 mixing bowls. Measure out 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.

Step 2: You want a colored bath soak, right? Of course you do! 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.)

Step 3: Once your salts are a lovely orange, add 48 drops of sweet orange essential oil. Stir well to disperse the essential oil into the entire soak.

Step 4: 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 actual purple food colorant. Again, stir like mad. Pretty purple!

Step 5: Now, add 48 drops of lavender essential oil. Stir again.

Step 6: 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 layered 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.
To use:  Pour 1/2 cup into warm bath water. Soak for at least 20 minutes.

Shelf life: About 1 year

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