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These simple homemade bath products yield tons of benefits that will make you want to make your own herbal bath tea bags right away! These tub tea recipes and ideas will help you learn the benefits, ingredients, and steps of an herbal tea bath.
Herbs have a variety of uses because they yield so many benefits. Whether you’re cooking with herbs or using them for physical and mental health struggles, they can have a powerful and positive effect on our lives.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy herbs is a nice hot cup of herbal tea. Herbal tea can do wonders for my mood. Recently though, I found another way to enjoy these relaxing herbs. That same cup of tea can be enjoyed in an herbal bath and yield some pretty amazing results with homemade bath tea bags.
For the longest time, I saw that there were massive herbal bath benefits, but I had no idea what they were. But truthfully, I more so wondered what bath teas even are and how do you use herbal bath tea?
Turns out, bath teas are easy homemade bath products that will totally change your evening bath. Keep reading to see how this simple DIY bath bag can change your life.
What is an herbal bath?
Herbal bath tea, also known as tub tea, is a soothing bath with an herbal tea bag. The awesome thing is that the components of herbal bath bags can easily be the same as the herbs you use in your favorite cup of herbal tea.
The difference is that tub tea bags, or DIY bath bags, are used in the bathtub with a muslin bag that serves as the tea bag. Therapeutic baths are easy to come by with bath tea bags because they can be created to target the specific physical or mental issues you wish to address.
What herbs are good for baths?
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An assortment of herbs that are good for herbal baths include:
- Chamomile: great for aiding in insect bite relief and relieving pain
- Calendula: a fantastic option for aiding in the relief of healing certain skin conditions.
- Comfrey: this can help alleviate pain from bruises and stiff muscles.
- Dandelion flowers: this dried herb is great for helping your skin feel renewed
- Eucalyptus: can help you breathe easier
- Ginger root: this is a great herb for enhancing blood flow
- Holy basil: choose this when you’re looking to help ease anxiety or when you’re trying to ease joint pain
- Jasmine: help enhance your mood
- Lavender: a dried herb that can help calm your nerves and refreshes your skin
- Lemon balm: an excellent choice for helping reduce stress and insomnia
- Orange blossoms: choose this herb when you’re needing some help for lowering blood pressure and relaxation
- Parsley: use this for helping to heal bruises
- Passionflower: another great choice for helping to reduce insomnia as well as anxiety and stress
- Peppermint + Spearmint: use these herbs for aiding in healing skin. Use peppermint when you want something stronger and spearmint when you’d like a more mild mint scent.
- Roses: perfect for unwinding after a long day and can help refresh your skin
- Sage: help relieve stiff muscles
- Stinging Nettle: help promote circulation and aid in the relief of aching joints
There are plenty of other herbs that can be used for herbal baths though. These are just a few of my favorite herbs that have fantastic healing components! You might also consider starting an indoor herb garden to make sure you never run out of your favorites!
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How do you make an herbal bath? How do you make tub tea?
Herbal bath tea bags are really simple to make. All you need is a muslin bag to serve as the tea bag and all of the ingredients that you plan to use for your tub tea.
Other bath tea ingredients outside of dried herbs include:
- Epsom salt: the ultimate herbal bath addition as it can help aid in the relief of insomnia, aching muscles, bruises, sprains, and more.
- Powdered milk: great for helping exfoliate and renew the skin
- Coconut oil: coconut oil has fantastic moisturizing benefits. It can be used in conjunction with epsom salt for a detox bath.
- Oatmeal: oatmeal is a great option for helping to relieve dry or itchy skin.
- Honey: combined with milk, milk and honey baths can have rejuvenating properties that can aid in relieving skin irritations.
- Essential Oils: choose essential oils that can aid in whatever is ailing you: mood, skin care, sleep, energy, and pain relief.
While these extra ingredients can provide extra relief or relaxation, the only things you truly need for an herbal bath are herbs. Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, mix them together and then place them in the muslin bag.
You can use equal parts of your favorite herbs or try different ratios of herbs for unique herbal relief with your flower bath.
Make sure you don’t fill the muslin bag of herbs too full or it may open up. This isn’t harmful to you, but it can clog your drain and leave you with a bit more mess to clean up.
Another option is to make a large batch of the tub tea recipe in a container with a scoop to store it in. Then, whenever you are ready for that soothing bath, you can scoop out what you need into a muslin bag.
What are the best bath tea recipes?
In my opinion, there isn’t a “best bath tea recipe.” And the reason I say that is because I think tub teas should be used for relief of whatever is ailing you. Some days it might be muscle aches, some days it might be stress. Depending on what you’re trying to relieve, your tub tea recipe may need to be altered.
That being said, if you’re looking for some inspiration when it comes to taking these simple homemade bath products, here are a few herbal bath tea recipes/combinations you might want to try. Feel free to experiment with these tub tea recipes and find a combination or ratio that works for you!
For the following flower bath recipes, you can use a 1:1 ratio. Or you can use more of one of the herbs or none of one of the herbs if you’re more sensitive to it.
Mood Relaxer Bath Tea Recipe
- Rose Hips
The combination of these herbs is meant to enhance your mood, calm your nerves, and relax your body.
Skin Refresher Bath Tea Recipe
- Peppermint (or Spearmint)
This combination of dried herbs can aid in relieving skin from insect bites and heal minor skin issues.
Muscle Soother Bath Tea Recipe
- Ginger Root
- Stinging Nettle
- (Optional) Epsom Salt
This herbal combination enhances blood flow and promotes circulation while relieving stiff, achy joints. Epsom salt is a great addition to this muscle soothing bath tea recipe as it’s known to help aid in loosening stiff joints and relaxing muscles.
How do you use bath tea bags? How do you use herbal bath tea?
Once you’ve made your herbal bath tea bags, using them is super simple as well. Drop the tub tea bag in the hot bath water and let it steep for 5-15 minutes. The water may change color slightly, depending on the herbs you use.
After you’re finished the herbal bath tea pouches, toss the contents of the tea bag into the compost and keep the bag for future use. Or keep reading to see how to reuse them.
Can you reuse tub tea bags?
The first time you use the herbal tea bath bag, it will be the most potent. However, you can reuse the herbal bath bags if you hang the bag of wet herbs up to dry and let completely dry in between baths. You can use it between 2-3 times before you won’t reap the benefits and will need to start over with a new homemade bath bag.
How can you turn this homemade bath product into a gift?
One of the great things about DIY bath tea bags is that it’s a super easy handmade gift for loved ones. You can make them a large container full of bath tea and provide them with the muslin bath tea bags or create the bath tea bags for them.
Regardless of which packaging option you choose, a little ribbon is all you need to make this aromatic gift ready to give. Tie it around the muslin bags with the bath tea or the bath tea storage container with a scoop and you’re all set!
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I hope these tub tea ideas help you create your favorite herbal bath tea bags so you can enjoy a nice relaxing evening soak soon.! I’d love to hear different combinations of relaxing bath ingredients that you use for this bath tea bag DIY.
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