One good thing about the process of cleaning out and renovating a house is that you come across a lot of misplaced items that you had been searching for. You also come across a lot of excess junk and unwanted items, and that sends you on a clean-out-and-simplify quest. At least that is what it does to me! Our kitchen is an empty room, as of last night. We ordered our tile, tore down the old cabinets, and moved everything in the kitchen to either the living or dining room. Everyday life becomes a little trickier to navigate, and finding what you need, at the moment you need it, is next to impossible.
I did manage to come across a bag of dried lavender from last season’s garden. It was an unintentional find, but as soon as I opened the bag, closed my eyes, and took a deep breath, I knew that I had to capture the fragrance and make something…despite my kitchen being a complete disaster. A sea salt soak sounded just about perfect, and it is so easy to make – no recipe needed.
I selected a good handful of dried lavender buds and combined that with about 25 good shakes of organic lavender essential oil, a cup of Epsom salts, and about a half cup of dead sea salts. Making a bath soak is considerably cheaper than purchasing mass-produced bath soaks, is much more rewarding, and is free of any unnecessary additives. I get most of my supplies from Mountain Rose Herbs. I also find some good deals at Whole Foods and Natural Grocers.
I will close tonight’s post with a prayer for the firefighters, working hard to put out the wildfire 40 minutes south of my home, in Black Forest. My complaint of the air quality and the falling ash pales in comparison to the complaints of the residents of Black Forest, who are being evacuated, as I type. Here are the week’s highlights below: