The sixth night of Yule is sacred to Eir and healing. Our craft for the day is healing bath crystals. Make this very useful craft to stock you family’s flu kit or to give as gifts. Lavender soothes skin irritations, headaches, and promotes restful sleep. Eucalyptus is especially good for clearing sinuses and soothing achy muscles.
Eir’s Healing Bath Crystals
1 cup epsom salt
1 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons glycerin
up to 1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil
up to 1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil
3 drops green food coloring (optional)
Mix epsom salt and baking soda in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together glycerin, essential oils, and food coloring. Stream the liquid ingredients into the salt mixture, mixing as you go along. Mix well, breaking up any clumps that form and incorporating the liquid ingredients well. Transfer to a jar with a tight fitting lid and label.
To use bath crystals, add a tablespoon or two to running bath water. (Make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients before using.) These bath crystals can also be used in a foot bath; just add a pinch to a pan full of warm water and soak your feet. Depending on how potent you make it, you could also use it as a quick nasal decongestant inhaler; just open the lid and inhale the vapors.