You may know this feeling. You wrap your cold hands around a warm mug of herbal tea, inhale the alluringly-scented steam and think, “I wish I could bathe in this.” The good news is that you can because bath teas are a thing and they are super simple to make.
In addition to the health benefits of drinking tea, there are skin benefits to bathing in it. Black teas can help with sunburn, itchy skin or smelly feet. Green teas are antioxidant rich which is always good for the skin. But the bath teas we’re talking about today are for the senses, using just enough to add an aromatherapy treat to bath time, and keep this luxurious gift budget-friendly.
- 1cup your favourite loose tea (green, herbal, rooibos etc)
- 1 cup coarse sea salt
- Empty tea bags (reusable, one-time use, or make your own from cheese cloth or coffee filters, just make sure they’re large enough to hold ¼ cup of of your mixture)
- Essential oils (optional)
Mix tea, sea salt, and essential oils together in a bowl. Fill each tea bag with ¼ cup of your mixture. Seal and affix a label to each bag, or put several bath tea bags in a pretty box or jar and label that instead. Use one type of tea or make your own mixes. You can also try dried herbs like chamomile, lavender and rosemary sprigs.
Drop the tea bag into the bath as the tub fills and leave it in while you soak and enjoy the aroma.
Note: You can use black teas in your bath, and although the concentration of tea-to-water is low, be aware that they may discolour your tub and while you should be able to clean that up quickly, it’s probably not a great gift idea. Green tea is a popular bath choice,
Brew your mood! Here are some ideas:
All Is Calm bath teas
- Lavender and rosemary
I Can Do Anything bath teas
I Feel Pretty bath teas