Nothing soothes the soul like a good long soak. Especially when relaxing herbs, skin-soothing botanicals and nourishing essential oils are involved. But you know what’s not very soothing? Cleaning the tub afterwards.
Thankfully, these tub tea bags make clean up a breeze. Steep one in your bath or drape it over your faucet, and let the salts, oils, and flower essences diffuse into the water. It’s the perfect way to relax in cold winter months and the ingredients will do wonders for your dry, itchy skin. Plus when you’re done, there is no messy clean up or herbs to pick out of the drain.
How to Make Tub Tea
These DIY bath teas are a lot like teas for drinking. Choose herbs based on their stress-relieving qualities and let them steep in hot water before taking a dip. Calendula, lavender, and chamomile make great additions to tub tea, but you can always use dried or fresh herbs found at your local grocery store. I also love adding some powdered milk to soften skin and sea salt for added minerals. Essential oils will add a little aromatherapy action, while the herbs will soothe your skin and the hot water relaxes tense muscles.
To make the sachets, I purchased a few muslin tea bags from a nearby health food store. But you can make your own by wrapping a double layer of cheesecloth around your herbs, and tying it at the top with some kitchen twine. Add a loop at the top so you can hang it over the faucet. And make sure it’s loose enough to let the water run through, so the herbs can diffuse in the bath water.
When you’re done, simply toss the herbs in the trash can, rinse out the tea bag and let it dry. The muslin bags are completely reusable, so next time you’re in the mood for a bath you can simply refill it with your favorite bath salts or herbs.
Tub Tea Recipe
Yield 5 bags
- Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
- Spoon into muslin tea bags until the bag is 2/3 of the way full. Cinch the drawstring tightly and store tea bags in an airtight glass jar.
- To use, place a tea bag in the tub or drape it over the faucet and let the water run through it while the tub fills. Allow the herbs to infuse the bathwater.
- When you're done, toss the herbs in the trash can and rinse the tea bag so you can use it again later.