Mint and Rosemary Bath Cubes

This is such an easy project to do over a weekend or break with your kids. These cubes make great holiday gifts.

Mint and Rosemary Bath Cubes

2 cups of baking soda

1 cup of citric acid

1 cup of cornstarch

Set aside

Add to a food processor

1/4 cup of epsom salts or sea salt

1/4/-1/2 cup of fresh rosemary and mint leaves

5 drops of green food coloring

Blend until finely chopped and mixed

Add to dry mixture and combine well with your hands

In a small bowl add

4 tsp of water or witch hazel (room temperature)

5 tsp of oil (melted if need be-coconut, almond, apricot kernel are good choices). You can also use oil that has been infused with herbs.

5 drops of rosemary essential oil

5 drops of peppermint essential oil

Using spoon fulls of mixture, loosely pack a set of molds (ice cube tray, muffin tin, candy or soap mold etc.)

Press down with your thumbs. Add in more mixture, repeat until you can’t pack in anymore. Don’t overfill. Parents can help with this part if necessary.

Let dry for 24 hours and release from molds. You can invert and tap mold on a hard surface if need be, they should let go easily.

Place in a container that can be sealed for long term storage. For gifts you can place in anything that protects the cubs and allows them to rest flat. Cubes start to crumble if they are jostled too much or get crushed. Do not expose to moisture until ready to use.

Salvia rosmarinus/Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary is thought to tonify the nervous system and improves circulation to all parts of the body. When eaten with food it can improves the digestion of fats and starches. It contains small amounts of several vitamins and minerals. Rosemary has been used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, colds, gallstones, depression, fatigue, menstrual cramps, vertigo, migraines, and issues with the menstrual cycle. It is considered by some to be a cancer preventative. The Ancient Greeks used it to keep memory clear when taking tests.

Contraindications:large doses in pregnancy

Published by blackbirdsbackyard

My backyard botanical pharmacy is located in Boulder Colorado. I began studying herbal medicinewhen I was 12 years old. In college I studied subjects like anthropology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, After graduation I decided to go to midwifery school. I attended births and had a small practice until I retired early in order to be a mother full time. I have always had an herb garden, gathered plants and made my own healing formulas with plants. Over the last 30 years there have been many teachers and I have attended dozens of workshops. I am one of those people who is always reading, studying and learning. In 2019 I was called to practice as an herbalist professionally, using "plant spirit medicine" and bio-energetic ( 5 element)healing techniques. I feel that there is a big need in the community for my skills and talents. I hope to inspire others to start their own backyard pharmacies as a solution to species extinction and the healthcare crisis in America. Healing has also become a spiritual practice and way for me to feel balanced and connected with nature. I consult with clients in person, teach classes (adults and kids), give tours of my garden and offer apprenticeships. Health, joy, meaning, and support are everyone's birthright.

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