For this Mother’s day we decided to try a fun, unique DIY craft- Bath Bombs. They are a ton of fun to make and satisfying to drop into the bath. These petal-laden bath bombs are exploding with essential oils, and our very own Calendula flowers. So grab your Mom or a friend and get ready to get your hands dirty making these unique, relaxing, and entertaining bathroom essentials.
- 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 Cup Epsom Salts
- 1/4 Cup Citric Acid
- 1/2 Tsp Water
- 1 1/2 Tsp Olive Oil
- 5-10 Drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- 1/4 Cup Dried Calendula Petals
- Bath Bomb Molds
*Makes 3-6 Bath Bombs (depending on size of mold)
- Gather two bowls. In one bowl combine all the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. In the other bowl combine all the wet ingredients and mix.
- Slowly pour the liquid mix over the dry ingredients and whisk.
- Test the texture by grabbing a handful and squeezing. If it holds, then move on. If too wet or dry add additional baking soda or water until desired firm consistency. *Note-do not overdue extra water-it will cause an early fizzy reaction, and the bath bombs will not form to the mold properly.
- Add Calendula petals and mix with hands.
- Fill each side of the molds, making sure there is no extra space.
- Add a little extra to one half of a mold, and then firmly press the two halves together for 10-30 seconds.
- Gently pull off the molds, one half at a time, and place on wax paper to dry for 24 hours.
- Drop into your warm luxurious bath, and enjoy the fizzle of your hand-made bath bomb.
You can use the flowers harvested from your Incredible Edible Seed Pod Kit in all kinds of ways. Make a fragrant mini-bouquet for your desk, add color to a place setting or even add a unique flair to one of your favorite recipes.
Since your flowers have been grown in a controlled indoor AeroGarden, you don’t need to worry about sprayed chemicals and the plants are safe to consume.
- Prune flowers that have just fully opened. Think of edible flowers as you would fruit in that they should not be over or underripe.
- Make sure to separate the flower from the stem and remove any non-colored/ white portions at base of petals.
- Some flowers can be eaten whole, such as viola and squash blossoms.
After harvesting, store in a refrigerator and use as soon as possible for best flavor.
- Use a glass or plastic container to store the flowers with a damp paper towel at the bottom to provide humidity. This will help the flowers to last longer and lessen wilting.
- Remove parts of the flower that contain pollen before tasting.
Some flowers that can be dried whole include chamomile, calendula and lavender. Remember to rotate so they don’t dry flat. Larger flowers should have the petals removed to be dried.
- Spread flowers and petals out in a thin single layer over a clean surface such as paper towels or dish towel.
- Place in a dry, undisturbed area in your home (avoid direct sunlight). Rotate each flower/ petal once a day until dry.
- Store in a glass jar with lid.
- Keep dried flowers in a dry area and out of direct sunlight for increased shelf life.
- Wait until you are ready to use dried flowers to crush or powder if desired. This will help preserve fragrant oils in the plant.
If properly stored, your dried flowers can stay good up to a year. The potency of the flowers decrease as its color fades.
Inspired by June’s Plant of the Month– Incredible Edibles, give this summer’s dinner and tea parties a decorative note by adding edible flowers to this hors d’oeuvre.
Get this embellished Edible Flower Canapés recipe at grown to cook.
Recommended AeroGarden Flowers:
This flower has a neutral taste and makes a playful decoration on tarts and desserts.
Violas come in the following seed pod kits: Vibrant Violas, and any custom flowers.
Calendula come in the following seed pod kits: Incredible Edibles, and any custom flower.
Calendula petals has been nicknamed, “poor man’s saffron” and can be used in butter, cake batter, or rice dishes or mixed into cake/muffin batter. Plus, don’t forget it has medicinal applications.
Dianthus come in the following seed pod kits: Mountain Meadow, English Cottage, Incredible Edibles, and any custom flower.
Dianthus have a subtle cloves taste. The base of the petals can taste bitter and should be removed. These flowers go well in sweet or savory dishes. Try it in syrup, butter, pudding or cake.
Along with Aerogarden edible flowers, herbs listed in this recipe that you can grow are chives, dill and chervil.
These bright yellow-orange flowers, Marigolds, are not only good for keeping the bugs out of the garden, but have many other uses. This edible flower can benefit your health in several ways.
Part of the Marigold family, Calendulas provide more medicinal benefits.
- Natural anti-inflammatory
- Reduces eye inflammation and conjunctivitis
- A natural antioxidant and antiseptic (helps fight infection)
- Soothes and helps heal burns, cuts, and rashes
- Relieves irritated skin that may be red, swelling, dry, itchy, and sensitive
- Natural bug repellant
The petals of these flowers can be dried and used to make teas, ointments, and drops.
Grow your own beneficial calendula flowers and make some homemade Calendula Lotion!
Calendulas/ Marigolds come in the following seed pod kits: Incredible Edibles, and any custom herb.
PLUS, these flowers are edible! So use these fresh vibrant petals to add color to your food such as sauces, cakes, custards, cheese, salads, and even butter.