- 8 Clear Plastic Tubes with lids (75ml size)
- 2 cups Epsom Salts
- 1 Tablespoon baking soda (divided)
- 4-6 drops peppermint or Respiratory Blend essential oil
- Natural food dye
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- Servings: 8
- Difficulty: easy
I found the plastic tubes at SKS Bottle, AromaTools, and even Oriental Trading. Depending on how many tubes you want to buy, each place has its ups and downs. SKS has high shipping but if you are planning on buying a lot of tubes, even with the shipping it can be cheaper per tube.
Now for the mixing....Measure your Epsom Salts in two glass measuring cups and add your natural dye (here are the ones I used) until you've reached your desired color (leave one of the cups white) The natural dyes do tend to be a little more muted colors and can change over night as they settle in to the salt (the ones pictured looked a lot more green the night before). I used a fork to mix the color into the salt.
Next, add 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda into each color. Then add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil in each color. I used peppermint oil in the red (and the white that layered with it) and the Respiratory blend in the green (and the white that layered with it).
Once you have the salts ready, you can start layering them to create the candy cane effect. I used a small spice funnel and a spoon to get each layer into the tube. To create the swirl effect, simply hold the tube at a slight angle.
This is also a great project to let your older children help with. They can make them for their own teachers for Christmas.
Finish your gift off with a little tag and a ribbon and you have a relaxing Christmas gift for teachers, grandparents, friends or anyone.