Lemongrass and Eucalyptus Bath Soak with Dried Chamomile and Gladiolus

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If you ever thought you might want hot pink bathwater, you’re in the right place. Not going to lie, after a long day of digging in the dirt without my gloves on this bath made me feel extra girly. It’s made with some dried gladiolus I have, from the farmer’s market a few weeks ago. Just a note, it doesn’t stay hot pink in the bath. It’s more like a flash and then it goes purple and then back to bathwater. I think you’ll have fun using it, I did. I tried looking up dried gladiolus for sale, or even edible gladiolus, and I couldn’t find anything. Any entrepreneurs out there starting an edible flower business, drop me a note, because there seems to be a shortage.

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Wouldn’t that be a fun business? I’m actively trying to talk myself out of doing it right now. I’ll have to keep reminding myself I have enough on my plate. What I did find was this Etsy flower shop listing. Looks promising. I’ll let you know if I end up using them. I could go for some dried peony and lemongrass right now. I warmed up a little just thinking about that combination. Speaking of lemongrass, I’m thinking about growing some here, such a bright, sunny smell. For a plant that doesn’t exactly look like much, (except tall grass) it does have a surprisingly strong smell. And it would play right into my ongoing fixation with Thai food. I think it’s a fit for my garden for sure.

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So if you can’t find red gladiolus flowers (I can’t even find them) for sale, maybe try these edible rose petals, or pomegranate flowers. Not going to lie, pomegranate flowers look promising. Please (please) let me know if you try them, because I’m excited just thinking about it. So, aside from the fact that gladiolus isn’t the most accessible flower (except I know they always have them at Trader Joe’s) this bath soak is simple. Just epsom salt, essential oils, a few flowers, pop it in the blender and you’re done. I didn’t add any carrier oil to this because in my experience, pigmented flowers, plus oil, equals mess. Plus a salt bath doesn’t need anything but the trace minerals it comes with.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Lemongrass and Eucalyptus Bath Soak with Dried Chamomile and Gladiolus


  • Blend up epsom salt and gladiolus flowers until it makes a fine powder, about 30 seconds

  • Stir in chamomile and essential oils

  • Store in the bathroom until ready to use