How to Make Bath Salts with Lavender and Rosemary

Use dried rosemary and lavender in homemade bath salts.

Homemade bath salts use a mixture of premium natural salt, moisturizing oil, and dried aromatic herbs such as rosemary and lavender.

The soothing scents of rosemary and lavender enliven our gardens and kitchens, but the usefulness of these and other aromatic herbs doesn’t stop there. Handmade soaps, scrubs, and salts bring herbs into your bath as well, with soothingly satisfying results.

Chasity Curtis of Alabama-based Freedom Soap Company uses garden-fresh herbs in her homemade body-care creations. (You can see Chasity and her husband Michael in our article Meet the Urban Gardeners.) Here, she shares her secrets for how to make bath salts with one of her favorite recipes.

Use lavender blooms in homemade bath salts.

Lavender blooms add soothing fragrance to bath salts. Dry the blooms before adding them to the bath salt recipe.

Lavender and Rosemary Bath Salts

• 3/4 cup Epsom salt
• 1/2 cup Dead Sea salt
• 1 tablespoon dried rosemary (*if using fresh herbs, see note below)
• 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds (*if using fresh herbs, see note below)
• 1 tablespoons safflower oil
• 1/8 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
• 8 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil

Yield: Makes approximately 12 ounces.

Lavender in Field

Growing herbs such as lavender and rosemary is useful for DIY bath salts and soaps.

Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Transfer to an airtight container, and allow it to rest for a couple of days. This will give the herbs time to infuse the salts with their aroma. Add a handful of bath salts to warm bath water. Relax and enjoy!

*If you decide to use fresh herbs, you will want to use the bath salts right away. The water in fresh herbs may contaminate the salts if left unused for an extended period of time. I strongly recommend using dried herbs for this recipe. To dry rosemary and lavender, first strip the needles from the stems. Place the needles on a sheet pan in an oven set to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and heat for approximately 2 hours, or until the herbs are completely dried.

You can find more of Chasity’s Freedom Soap Company products online at


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Can you divide lavendar and if so, when should you do it? And, should you cut it back in the Fall? Or pinch it in the Summer so that it will produce a second bloom?

Danielle Carroll

Hello Rebecca,
Lavendar is a woody type shrub and unlike other herbs does not clump. For that reason, it is not advisable to divide it. But it can be pruned. Check out this article (with photos) from on pruning lavendar.

Mary Beth

Hi Laurie,
So glad to hear that you like it! You will have to post a photo of your salts on our Facebook page and let us know how they turn out. The recipe actually calls for dried lavender. Chasity at Freedom Soaps, the developer, recommends that best. She does not mention any inclusion of color so it appears to be all natural. Show us what you make! Happy holidays, Mary Beth / Bonnie Plants


found it interesting, would like some information on growing lavender i have a plant growing in a pot it is inglish lavender dose it bloom in buds and when

Mira C.

Re: How to make bath salts with lavender and rosemary

Thanks for the recipe. Sounds great……Can you just tell me where can I get Dead Sea salt ??


Mira C.

Kelly Smith

Hi Mira,

You may be able to find Dead Sea salts (historically thought to be very therapeutic) in a specialty grocery, such as Whole Foods, or online, but you can also just use coarse sea salt, which should be much easier to find at any grocery store!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

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