It’s a rainy day here in Pittsburgh and I swear my body can feel it before I even open my eyes. Rain has always been so soothing to my soul – as though all life’s troubles are being washed away with the earth. On days like this, my favorite thing to do is open all the windows and turn on some acoustic melodies as the rain slips down the glass panes. I feel like I breathe deeper, think clearer and generally am more in tune with my soul when it rains.
It’s been a bit chaotic around here. 2018 has been full – but it’s also been stressful. With all the highs, there have also been many turbulent lows. I find that the only way I can keep consistent in my work, stay above water, avoid sickness and remain inspired is to be on top of it with self-care. So when rainy days come and my body tells me I need a break – that means I take a break. It isn’t usually a day-off – but a few hours I set aside to acknowledge all the work I’ve done and cherish this life I’m leading.
Self-care for me comes in many forms but often looks like reading a book, going for a walk, coffee dates with friends, floating in the pool, going antiquing, bike riding, or just sitting myself down in front of the tv with no phones or computers. But of course, one of my most cliche and favorite forms of self-care is the beloved bath. And what better bath than one among flowers?
I created a bath salt recipe using dried rose buds and lavender flowers. It’s super beautiful, aromatic and a true treat when I get to share it with my stressed out wedding clients or exhausted vendor friends. And of course, it’s a perfect gift to myself on days where the mind and creative hands just need a break. Feel free to follow this tutorial to create these beautiful salts for yourself or to share with a friend. Even making it can be a fun break from wedding planning, work or reality as a whole!
ROSEBUD + LAVENDER BATH SALTS
1 1/2 cups Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Baking Soda
2 tablespoon Dried Rose Buds & Petals
2 tablespoon Dried Lavender Buds & Petals
5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- Start by mixing the essential oil into the epsom salt. Make sure that you thoroughly blend the oil throughout, breaking up clumps as you go. Stir in the baking soda to soak up any remaining moisture and assist in toxin release.
- Sprinkle in the dried rose petals and lavender buds (you can omit lavender buds and only use oil if you’d like). I like to use 1/4 cup (total) of petals and buds, but feel free to increase or decrease this amount based on your preferences.
- Transfer the mixture into a lidded jar for packaging and storage.
Add desired amount of the soak mixture to warm bath water. Soak for at least 20 minutes to relieve muscle tension and relax your body. You deserve it! <3
I’ve linked the Amazon products I use above so you can create the same awesome recipe for your gifts – plus – no driving necessary. I got you.
Photography by Eva Lin Photography