At the end of a long week, after a wild and woolly day out running errands or to warm up at the end of a chilly afternoon in the garden, nothing warms the body and soothes the soul quite like a bath! Whether you prefer to soak with a face-mask and a sea of tea-lights or accompanied by a good book and a glass of wine, a dash of fragrant bath salts is a must.
With winter set in, and the annual rose prune approaching, this is the perfect time to put those last blooms to use and make yourself a beautiful, natural “me” time treat!
You will need
2 or 3 fragrant blooms
200g epsom salts
200g sea rock salt
500ml lidded jar
To make the bath salts
When choosing your blooms, feel free to use ones that are a little pest or frost damaged, once they are mixed in they will look beautiful, the important thing is to choose the most fragrant blooms or buds you can find.
Make sure your jar is clean and thoroughly dry.
1. Separate the rose petals by cupping the bloom in one hand and taking hold of the base of the flower in the other, twist gently until the petals come free from the base. Discard any petals that are wilted or have begun to rot. If the petals are damp, lay them out on the paper towel and allow to dry for 10 minutes.
2. Measure out your salts and mix with your hand to combine.
3. Add a quarter of your salts to your jar, followed by a quarter of the petals. Using the handle of a wooden spoon muddle the petals and the salts to bruise the petals and combine with the salts. Repeat with the remaining salts and petals, when you’re finished, press down firmly to pack the salts and petals down and top up if needed.
4. Cap the jar with the lid and give it a good shake to combine.
The moisture in the petals may dissolve some of the salts, top up with a mixture of the salts over the following day or two if needed.
After a couple of hours the fragrance will have permeated the salts and they’ll be ready to use. Add a tablespoon or two to your bath and enjoy!