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Tub Teas

If you're searching for the perfect gift for mom this Mother's Day, why not give her something handmade, such as these soothing tub teas, adapted from "Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts"




Nothing relaxes like a good long soak, especially one coupled with a heady infusion of calming scents. To make scent last longer, add a few drops of essential oil.

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  • Epsom salt
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Dried lavender, rosemary, or lemon verbena
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing box
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Cheese cloth
  • Wax twine
  • Gift tag
  • Essential oil (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Pour 2 cups Epsom salt, 1 cup coarse sea salt, and 1 cup dried lavender, rosemary, or lemon verbena into bowl; mix.

  2. Step 2

    Cut two 8-by-12-inch rectangles from cheese cloth and stack the rectangles on top of each other.

  3. Step 3

    Pour 1/2 cup of salt/herb mixture on top of cut cheese cloth, slightly off center toward one of the 8-inch sides.

  4. Step 4

    Fold the 12-inch edges into the center, covering the mixture. Fold cheesecloth in half, matching the 8-inch edges.

  5. Step 5

    Gather cheesecloth around mixture and secure with a piece of waxed twine. Attach gift tag to end of the wax twine.

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2009



Reviews (5)

  • Amanda_Medeiros 22 Apr, 2010

    Where can i find dried lavender?

  • Amanda_Medeiros 22 Apr, 2010

    Where can i find dried lavender?

  • Amanda_Medeiros 22 Apr, 2010

    Where can i find dried lavender?

  • moniqueshari 12 Apr, 2010

    I need advice! Were making this for my bridal shower and I was wondering if this mixture will dry skin out due to the salt content? My wedding has a citrus theme and so I want to know which dried flower/fruit/herb would be best in smell and benefit to skin care? Can I add dried oatmeal to add the soft skin factor to the mixture?

  • ReikiLady2 4 May, 2009

    Where do you buy the waxed twine? Is there an online source?