Therapeutic Bath Salts: Putting My Dried Lavender to Work

Dr. Teal’s has a wonderfully fragrant and oh so relaxing lavender bath salt, but it’s nearly seven dollars a bag.  I shop for generic brands of Epsom salt, half the price and equally effective for soaking sore, tired muscles.  That said, I long for the relaxing scent of lavender filling the steamy room.

So today I’m experimenting with my own dried lavender.  I took a few flower heads and gently pinched the flowers from the stem.  I tucked the flowers into a small organza bag I had on hand (available at most craft stores) and double knotted the ribbon at the top.

Recipe to Relax

Lavender Sachet

Recipe to Relax:

  • Draw a hot bath, preferably up to your chin.
  • As the water fills the tub, add two cups of Epsom salts.**
  • Run hot water over the lavender-infused bag.
  • Hang up the do-not-disturb sign.
  • Practice yoga breathing, letting your cares slip away.

**A word of caution:  bath salts and oils can make the tub surfaces slick.  Use common sense care when getting in and out of the tub.


Drying Lavender: My Garage Never Smelled So Good

Lavender-Scented Garage

Lavender grows along the front of our deck, creating a dense wall of flowers.  Now that the plants are established they grow up and over on the deck.  The flowers are graceful in the wind and fragrant beyond belief and  they attract bees to our garden.  Flower perfection.

Last week I decided to experiment with sunflowers in pots along the top edge of the deck, so I unceremoniously pruned back a handful of lavender, and set it in the garage for drying.   I needed the narrow space on the edge of the deck to maximize full sun exposure while maintaining a clear path.

I’ve been dreaming of a wall of sunflowers this summer, so if all goes well, we’ll have a row of yellow and orange sunflowers with lavender blooms draped around the stalks.  I’m giddy just writing about it.

Eventually I gathered the lavender in a loose bunch with some string and hung it in the garage to dry.  Our garage smells like a Crabtree and Evelyn shop!  Seriously, why didn’t I think of this sooner?  I’m ready to dry lavender in every room in the house, though my men-folk may feel otherwise.

Can’t you just smell it?

Ladies fair, I bring to you
lavender with spikes of blue;
sweeter plant was never found
growing on our English ground.

by Caryl Battersby