What is a tea bath?
Did you know that utilizing bath tea bags is such a simple and very useful way to get beneficial, restorative herbs into your bathtub? Take advantage of natural ingredients (most of which you will have already at home) to make this DIY. Make a personalized spa gift for yourself and others! This DIY project allows you to customize your own blend of dried herbs and botanicals to get the benefits that you want to achieve in your bath tea. Remember that there is no right or wrong way to do this.
You can use muslin bags with a drawstring, coffee filters (tie the necks with kitchen twine) or use a stainless steel tea ball. You may want to stack herbs in a mason jar and give them as a gift with a tea ball secured to the neck. After preparation, just toss the bag into the bath, let the water run over it, and swoosh it around.
Combinations to Consider:
*Astringent: lemongrass, sage, yarrow, nettle, comfrey root.
*Oily skin cleansing bath: lemongrass, geranium leaves, yarrow.
*Another oily skin bath: lemongrass, mint, yarrow, witch hazel.
**Or: rosemary, lemon, geranium leaves, lemongrass, Lovage.
*Moisturizing bath: equal parts chamomile and rose petals.
*Relaxation bath: equal parts of dried lavender buds and rose petals
*Skin softening bath: linden (lime flowers), rose petals, elderflowers, honeysuckle.
*Skin toning bath: lavender, yarrow, mint, thyme.
*Aphrodisiac Bath for ladies: equal quantities rosebuds, acacia flowers, orange buds, jasmine
flowers, bay leaf, rosemary, myrtle, thyme.
Other great ingredients for bath bags are ground oatmeal, orris root powder,
ground almonds, dried milk powder. All will soften and smooth the skin. You can
make your own bath formula from herbs available to you in the following categories:
For oily skin: rosemary, yarrow, lemon verbena, white willow bark, lemongrass, geranium leaves, strawberry leaves, mint, orange leaves, lemon leaves, pennyroyal, patchouli, lavender, eucalyptus leaves, comfrey root, thyme, witch hazel leaves (or decoction).
For dry skin: chamomile, rose petals, rose leaves, orange flowers, elderflowers, clover flowers, fennel, honeysuckle, linden (lime flowers).
Lavender Oatmeal Milk Bath
Ingredients: 1/4 cup each
- milk powder
- Epsom salts
- lavender buds
- instant oatmeal
Mix the above ingredients together in a glass or metal bowl. I recommend using muslin drawstring bags (3X4 inches) to package up this lovely creation. You can also use metal tea diffusers.
Next, toss this into your warm bath and prepare to relax!