After a long day of working in the garden, I love to soak in the tub. I also love to add bath salts, but so many of them have food dyes that end up staining my white tub. So I cobbled together a few recipes to come up with this one that uses dried lavender from the garden (which adds anti-stress aromas to the bath) as well as dried powdered milk, oatmeal, essential oils, and salt. For this recipe both sea salt and plain Epsom salt works really well.

The milk and the oatmeal help nourish dry skin, and the scent of lavender oil can lower your stress levels. People have been soaking in salts for centuries as salt because it helps increase circulation, calms irritated skin, and can ease sore muscles, especially after working the garden. For this reason, Sarah Munro, (my PhD historian and heroine in book 2 of the Deadly Force series, ONE DARK WISH), has added this recipe her collection of DIY herbal recipes.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and are enjoying time in a garden, even if it’s not your own.

Sarah Munro’s Lavender Bath Milk


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 10 drops essential lavender oil
  • 1/2 cup sea salt or plain Epsom salts
  • 4 Tablespoons dried lavender pods
  • Clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid


Using a food processor or a blender, mix together the oats, powdered milk, and lavender oil.

Pour the salt into the jar. Add the oats/powdered milk mixture on top, making sure to layer the ingredients and not mix them. Add lavender flowers/pods on top for the final layer. Seal the jar. The bath milk with last in a sealed jar for up to six months. This makes a great gift!

TO USE: Run water in the tub and add the entire contents of the glass jar. Let the mixture dissolve and enjoy your bath!


I am not a medical professional and nothing written on this blog is medical advice. None of my statements have been evaluated by the FDA (I am legally required to give you this disclaimer).

It is important to do your due diligence before foraging, harvesting, and/or consuming any type of medicinal plant.

  • If you are taking any medications, talk to your doctor about any potential drug interactions.
  • If you are allergic to anything, make sure whatever you are foraging is not in the same family. Example: While dandelions are typically considered safe, those who are allergic to ragweed, latex, daisies, or any other plants in the same or similar families, may not be able to consume dandelion.

Always research potential side effectsdosage recommendations, and how to properly prepare and consume each medicinal plant.

Always make sure you are foraging what you believe to be. Fully prepare and study the anatomy before harvesting wild plants.

Always make sure your kitchen/work area is clean and that all materials are sterilized.

Do not forage plants from areas that have been sprayed within the past 2 years at the very least.

I am not legally or morally responsible for the health of any of my readers. Please do your own research!

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