Soak in a bath of dried flower petals
Fill a pouch with bath goodies
Just fill your bag with any combination of the following:
- Course grain salt – softens the water – a scoop is handy
- Dried rose petals from your garden – for the feeling of luxury and a subtle perfume
- Dried marigold petals – pretty orange petals, plus calendula is used traditionally on bruises
- Dried chamomile flowers – little dried daisies with a soothing scent of apples
- Dried lavender flowers – well known for their relaxing properties
Tips for your floral bath soak
Boosting the fragrance of your dried flowers
- Try squeezing the wet bag to release the natural essential oils.
- Rose petals from your own garden may well produce a stronger fragrance than bought ones, and fresh will be stronger than dried (but obviously they only have a limited season).
- Or you could try supplementing with essential oils [you only need a couple of drops per bag – may mark textiles – keep away from polished, painted and synthetic surfaces, children and pets – note any warnings supplied with the oils e.g. suitability of use in pregnancy].
Soften your bath water
Make your own bath soak bags
Choose materials with an open weave such as old net curtains, butter muslin or cheesecloth. If you don’t want to sew a bag, just cut out a square or circle, place the dried flowers in the centre, gather up the edges and tie with ribbon. Homemade ones would make lovely gifts.
Shopping for dried flowers and pouches
Of course, all these dried petals are available to buy if you’d rather:
Dried rose petals
Dried marigold petals
Dried chamomile flowers
Dried lavender flowers
For bath bags, buy large empty disposable teabags online, or try the cotton pouches shown above – these come in two sizes and three colours.
Mini wooden scoop