I found this gift idea in an Advent devotional that I’m using this season. The author suggested the recipe as a way for the reader to find some indulgence during the busy holiday season, but I thought this would make easy and fun gifts.
You can use a combination of salts — epsom, rock, sea salt, for example, or you can just use one kind of salt. Epsom salts are found pretty much anywhere that has a pharmacy. The rock salt I had on hand from making ice cream in a bag. You can also dye part of the salts to make a red and white striped container, but I’m kind of leery of food dye in the bath tub so I skipped it. I buy my essential oils through a co-op, but peppermint oil is pretty easy to find at a health food store. Essential oils can get expensive, but a little bit goes a really long way.
I used half-quart canning jars to package the salts because I have a lot of them on hand, but be creative! Plastic containers, old jars, even a plastic bag would work for these. Attach a tag and a candy cane you have a very cute and useful gift.
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- 4 cups epsom salt
- 1 cup rock salt
- 3 drops peppermint oil
- Jars, ribbon, tags, candy canes
- In a large bowl mix together salts. You can increase or decrease the amount but try to keep the ratio 4:1.
- Add peppermint oil and stir to combine.
- Put salt in to containers. Tie with ribbon, candy canes, and tags.