My youngest daughter and I had the best time gathering violets from the backyard a few weeks ago. We turned them into a lovely purple bath soak and wanted to share the results with you.
Violets only bloom for a short time, so if you see them, be sure to act fast.
Violets don't have a lot of scent, so you'll want to add a few drops of essential oil to this blend to create a fragrant bath soak.
However, what they lack in fragrance, violets make up for in color.
The beautiful purple hue you see in the bath soak pictured above is all from violets. No colored was added!
How to Make Violet and Sea Salt Bath Soak
Be sure to plan ahead if you need this for a particular occasion. the violet salt mixture needs to dry out before adding to a jar.
- 3/4 cup freshly picked violets
- 1/4 cup coarse Himalayan pink salt (buy at Mountain Rose Herbs or Amazon)
- 1/2 cup coarse sea salt (buy at Mountain Rose Herbs or Amazon)
Want to see a mini video tutorial of the process?
My daughter and I shared step-by-step instructions on Instagram stories (which allow 15-second video clips, hence the choppiness). I've compiled them into one video below so you can get a good look at the method.
You can also hear my littlest one's cute voice as she does some of the instructing 🙂 Adorable!
Gather at least 3/4 cup of violets (stem removed). If you leave a little stem on the violet, it won't matter too much. We were not overly particular about it.
Rinse violets and pat dry with a paper towel or cloth.
Place violets, Himalayan salt, and coarse sea salt to a food processor.
Pulse until sea salt and violets are a fine texture. Pink salt will not get much smaller (but it adds some visual interest which is pretty).
The mixture should be light purple in color.
Spread mixture on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and leave to dry overnight.
Once dry, place in a jar.
This mixture has a light scent, if you want a stronger fragrance, mix 6-8 drops of essential oil with 1 teaspoon coconut oil and stir to distribute throughout the bath soak.
To use, pour 1/2 cup in the bath as it fills with water. Soak for 10-20 mins. (You can also add the bath soak to a large glass measuring cup or bowl and dissolve in hot water before pouring into the tub.)
Soak and enjoy!
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Even though I've used herbs for many, many years. There are only a few select herbs I've grown or bought fresh, the rest have all been dried. So foraging is a new endeavor that is quite enjoyable.
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