When you’re the recipient of an online delivery of flowers, you might think that you can only enjoy your flower bouquets as long as the blossoms stay alive. However, although you can’t prevent the flowers from eventually wilting and fading, you can still get some use from them after they’re gone per Mother Nature’s course. Don’t let flowers that someone sent you (or that you sent yourself) from an online florist go to waste when there are plenty of crafty things that you can do to enjoy them long after the petals have fallen from the flowers.
One of the most innovative ways to enjoy flowers after they’ve died is to collect the dead flower petals and make bath salts from them. If you’re like most of us, then one of your favorite aspects of flowers is the heady aromas that they put off. Different blossoms have different lovely smells, and if you preserve the petals from your floral arrangements, then you can enjoy their fragrances for days to come when you transform them into bath salts.
To begin making your bath salts, collect the petals from your latest floral delivery. It’s best to use flower petals as soon as they have started to loose their freshness but before they have dried out completely, although you can certainly use completely dried petals if you choose to do so. Your bath salts might not have as strong of a natural petal scent as they would if you has used fresher petals, but you might not want your bath salts too strongly scented.
Create your homemade bath salts mixture by first gathering your petals. Usually, the petals from four flowers is enough to garner one cup of petals, which is what you need to create these bath salts. Once you’ve accumulated your flower petals, sprinkle a few drops of an essential oil on the to bring out their natural fragrance and help them dry out more. It’s best to complement flowers with like scents. For instance, sprinkle rose petals with rose water or rose essential oil. Likewise, if you’re creating lavender-scented bath salts, sprinkle the petals with lavender essential oil.
After sprinkling a few drops of oil onto the petals, allow the petals to sit over night to dry out and absorb the oil. The petals don’t have to be placed in any special container. A simple bowl will do just fine.
The next morning, prepare the salts mixture by mixing one cup of Epsom salts, 1/3 cup of baking soda and 2/3 cup of powdered milk together. All of these ingredients work together to create a relaxing bath. While the Epsom salts help detoxify the body and soothe soreness, the powdered milk and baking soda work together to soften the skin.
Assemble the bath salts in an air-tight container by layering the salts mixture with the dried flower petals. Begin with a layer of salts followed by a later of petals. Simply crush the petals roughly by crumbling them up in your hands as you layer. Repeat the layering process until the jar is full, and then seal the jar. The longer the petals are allowed to sit in with the salts mixture, the more the scent will begin to mingle in with the salts.
As you can see, in just a few easy steps, you can take the flowers that you got from an online florist and turn them into lovely bath salts that allow you to enjoy their fragrance even after the blooms have faded.