This week on the blog, I am participating in a blog hop with a group of very talented ladies who will be sharing spring time projects. There are links to their projects at the end of the blog and I encourage you to take a look. I would like to give a big shout out to Cindy from Cloches & Lavender who put the hop together. To any of her beautiful friends who are coming over from her blog, welcome!!! I am so happy you have come on over! If you are starting on my blog, please make sure you hop on over to see Cindy’s amazing indoor garden party!

Garden blog hop

It’s gardening season again and that means I will be looking for how to relieve sore muscles from gardening ! I am thrilled it’s gardening season, but I know with it will come back aches, neck aches, and sore muscles. They eventually pass once I am into the swing of things but I have found that soaking in a tub is a wonderful way to end the day, eases all those aches and pains and I end up having an amazing sleep.

I like to add epsom salts to my bath because I know it helps with muscle pain and inflammation but did you know that empson salts also:

  • stabilize mood and relieve stress, anxiety and depression;
  • detox and reduce toxins;
  • give your skin a healthy appearance; and
  • reduce foot odor.

Epsom salts are not the be all end all though. Himalayan pink salt is also extremely helpful with regard to:

  • relieving stress and tension and promoting calm;
  • helping to reduce swelling
  • soothing itchy skin;
  • relaxing cramped muscles because it helps the body absorb magnesium;
  • improving skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne;
  • recharging and engergizing your body; and
  • boosting metabolism!!! Wow, I will take the metabolism booster alone!!!

So what I have for you this week is a bath salt recipe that is not only great for your body and health but it also smells wonderful.

Supplies needed:

Materials to make easy lavender scented bath salts

  • 2 cups epsom salts
  • 1 cup Himalayan Pink salt
  • 1/4 cup of lavender buds (these are completely optional)
  • 30 drops of lavender essential oil
  • mason jar with lid
  • ribbon, lace or twine to decorate the jar
  • 3 sprigs of lavender
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • large bowl and spoon
  • funnel

Directions:

Pour two cups of epsom salts into a large bowl. Then add one cup of Himalayan pink salt and 1/4 cup of lavender buds. Stir well.

Pouring two cups of epsom salts into bow
Add two cups of epsom salts
Add one cup of sea salts to epsom salts
Add one cup of sea salts to epsom salts
Adding 1/4 cup of lavender to mixture
Adding 1/4 cup of lavender to mixture

Add 30 drops of lavender essential oil all over the mixture and then mix well.

Add 30 drops of lavender oil to mixture
Add 30 drop of lavender essential oil

Use a funnel and pour all of mixture into a mason jar. Put the lid on the mason jar.

Easy lavender scented bath salts in mason jar

Decorating the mason jar

Whether giving this as a present or storing in your bathroom, decorating it just adds the finishing touch.

I am giving you two options – one is vintage and fancy and the other is simple and natural.

Option #1 – Vintage & fancy

Measure a piece of lace ribbon 14″ long and wrap around the neck of the mason jar. Place a small dab of glue on the mason jar under the ribbon. Then cross the other piece of ribbon and affix with a small dab of glue.

Decorating mason jar with lace ribbon

Place a medium amount of hot glue where the ribbon crosses and press three sprigs of lavender into the glue

Decorating mason jar with lavender stems to mason jar

Cut a 19″ length of lavender ribbon, wrap around the middle of the lace ribbon and create a bow at the front and glue on top of the lavender. Trim the ends of the ribbon and glue the tails against the jar so that they hang nicely.

Adding lavender colored ribbon to mason jar filled with lavender scented bath salts

Option #2 – Simple decoration of jar

Wrap a piece of twine several times around the neck of the mason jar.

Mason jar laying on it's side with bath salts pouring out

Pull the two ends down about 2″ inches from the cap, cross the ends across one another and where they cross, glue to the jar. Then take three sprigs of lavender and glue on top of where they cross. Then tie the ends of the twine into a bow.

Lavender scented bath salts with pretty candle and small bouquet of lavender wrapped in pearl strand

Time to enjoy

Fill your tub with warm water, just 2 degrees warmer than your natural body temperature.

Add one tablespoon of the mixture at a time. You will probably only need 3 to 4 tablespoons. Swirl the salts around and make sure they completely dissolve.

Lower yourself into the bath gently and make sure to have a glass of water nearby to sip on so that you do not dehydrate.

Submerge yourself completely in the bath. Exit the bath no more than 30 minutes later.

Other ways how to relieve sore muscles from gardening…

This article “Feel Great While Gardening” contains many tips to keep gardening enjoyable and pain free.

“10 ways to prevent aches and pain after gardening” also has many wonderful suggestions.

Looking for other lavender projects?

I love growing lavender. Have you ever grown it? If you have you know how wonderful it is just to walk through. Every part of your body that touches is smells heavenly. It is easy to grow and extremely easy to harvest and store. I even made a book mark from it. If you would like to learn how, just click this link.

Lavender bookmark

Next up on the hop is Kimberly…

Don’t forget to keep on hopping and head over to Kimberly’s blog From Farmhouse to Florida. She has a red, rustic and reclaimed project on the go.

Cloches & Lavender // Sweet Valley Acres // From Farmhouse to Florida //Peacock Ridge

Hen and Horse Design // Amy Sadler Designs // White Lilac Farmhouse //

An Organized Season // Shop at Blu // Feet Under My Table //

I hope this helps you with those early back to gardening pains! Wishing you the most wonderful gardening season ever

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16 Comments
  • Kimberly
    May 20, 2022

    Great idea, Crystal! Dave and I could really use some of this great muscle relaxer after the last few days! I will need to mix some up when we get home! Thanks for sharing this idea! Always fun hopping with you!

    • Crystal
      May 20, 2022

      I bet you will need this! Such wonderful people to help Sarah with the move! If you don’t have lavender buds, don’t worry about them as the essential oil will do the trick. Happy soaking! Yes, always fun to hop along with you too!

  • Donna
    May 20, 2022

    Hey, Crystal! I had no idea how simple it is to make bath salts! I love this idea and am pinning it so I can try it sometime! Your jars look beautiful (both versions)and the lavender adds such a special touch! I can imagine how wonderful your bathroom must smell while using these! Blessings, Donna

    • Crystal
      May 20, 2022

      Thanks so much Donna! This is a fun project and so useful too. Glad you like it and yes the fragrance is so beautiful and calming!

  • Cindy
    May 20, 2022

    This is a gorgeous post and you know I love lavender! This must smell amazing and be so soothing!

    Thanks for hopping with me!

    • Crystal
      May 20, 2022

      Thanks so much Cindy! When I made it in the kitchen it filled the whole room and was so calming and yes, when added to the bath, it is amazing. Plan to go to bed right afterwards though as you will be beyond relaxed.

  • Sue at Blu
    May 20, 2022

    Crystal this is a wonderful post for a garden hop! Perfect!

    • Crystal
      May 20, 2022

      So glad you like it Sue. I was thinking it wasn’t exactly what people would expect but the lavender did come from my garden and it really does help with sore muscles. So fun to hop along with you!

  • Wendy McMonigle
    May 20, 2022

    I love this idea Crystal, it makes such a lovely gift. I can’t wai to try it.

    • Crystal
      May 20, 2022

      It sure would and I plan on giving some to my mom – hope she likes it!

  • Juliet
    May 20, 2022

    Crystal … I have achy muscles from gardening right now! My dad always swore by Epsom salts. He was a runner and would soak in an epsom tub after a marathon. Needless to say I don’t run marathons but I do get sore muscles from silly stuff. I love the addition of pink sea salt and lavender always creates a sense of being at a spa in addition to its other wonderful benefits. Beautiful presentation too. xo

    • Crystal
      May 20, 2022

      Thank you very much Juliet! It sure if nice to find tried and true ingredients that even our parents approved of. My mom was also a firm believer in epsom salts. So happy you liked the presentation – trying to get all artsy haha!

      • Tammy
        May 23, 2022

        What a great gift for friends and family! I would love for someone to give this to me as a gift.

        • Crystal
          June 9, 2022

          Well maybe I am going to have to bring you some at Haven!

  • Tammy
    May 23, 2022

    What a great gift to make for family and friends. I love a good scrub.

    • Crystal
      June 9, 2022

      Thanks so much Tammy! Me too!