The feeling of sinking into a warm herbal bath with an array of aromas wafting in the air is a feeling like no other! It’s heavenly, and so much better for your body than anything manufactured from a bottle.
One of my absolute favorite ways to end the day, a herbal tea bath has many benefits for both the body and the mind.
I’m sharing my top 3 tea bath recipes here in this post with instructions on how to make them. But first, I’ll explain further what a tea bath is and how it can benefit you.
What is a tea bath?
Bath teas are made in a similar way to your regular cup of tea – except you make it in the bath! There are a myriad of ingredients and recipes to try, depending on what smells and benefits you’re looking for. Try any of the three that I’ve suggested below to start with.
How to make a tea bath
Although they sound extravagant, they’re actually very simple to make. You simply fill a muslin bag or cloth with natural herbs, flowers and/or epsom salts, tie off the top and swirl it in the bathwater, allowing the fusion to steep for as long as you like. The longer the steeping time, the stronger the infusion and aromas.
What is a tea bath good for?
Besides their wonderfully relaxing properties, and the fact they leave you smelling divine, herbal baths infuse your bath water with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients – known to help skin healing and regeneration.
Further benefits can include:
- Excellent skin softening and anti-aging properties
- Stress relief and enhanced relaxation
- Soothing of tight muscles, necks and shoulders
- Reduced dandruff and moisturized hair
- Aids relief of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
- Prevents acne
- Healing of scars and bruises
Bath Tea Recipes To Try
I love all these recipes for their array of benefits, and tend to pick and choose which one to have depending on what type of experience and results I’d like.
Chamomile Tea Bath Recipe
This is one of the best tea bath recipes I know for calming the mind as well as improving the condition of the skin.
As with the beverage, Chamomile has powerful relaxation properties, so it’s a great herbal tea bath to have just before going to bed.
Favored by the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians, Chamomile was used in ancient times to help treat wounds due to its antioxidant properties, making it one of the best herbal tea baths for the skin.
Other Chamomile bath benefits include reducing inflammation and redness of the skin and decreasing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as being a natural moisturizer.
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender
- 1 tablespoon dried chamomile
- 1 tablespoon dried rose petals
- 3 drops chamomile essential oil
- Muslin tea bags
Instructions: Add all the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and give them a good stir to combine. Then add the essential oils and place everything into the muslin bag. Tie off the top and swirl in your bath water, or leave it under the tap while the bath’s filling to infuse the water as it goes in.
Cooling Peppermint Tea Bath Recipe
Peppermint tea has fantastic properties for our digestive systems and is a great rejuvenator, waking us up better than coffee!
In a bath, peppermint tea can energize and enhance the body, shaking off the winter blues and helping us get into action mode.
But don’t let it’s energizing benefits turn you off from sinking into a peppermint bath at night. It’s also incredibly relaxing, and can help calm a busy mind, or used in place of bath salts to calm rambunctious kids!
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 3 tablespoons loose-leaf peppermint tea
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Instructions: Combine all the dry ingredients first in a bowl, making sure they’re mixed well, then add the essential oils and combine. Fill a muslin bag with the mixture and pop it in the bathwater.
Green Tea Bath Recipe
Green tea is really popular as a bath soak. It’s full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which are great to reduce the signs of aging on the skin, as well as improve skin condition and reduce redness. Also good as a muscle relaxant, a green tea bath is a welcome treat after a hard workout at the gym.
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 3 tablespoons of loose leaf green tea (or 3 green tea bags)
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
Instructions: As with the previous recipes, first combine the dry ingredients, then add the oils and stir well. Fill the muslin bag, tie off, and pop it into your bathwater.
Using Tea Baths
I often get asked about the length of ‘brewing’ time for a tea bath? Or whether there’s a particular temperature the water must be at to enjoy them?
Because these herbal tea bath recipes I’ve shared here are all-natural, there’s no strict time limit on how long you soak in them, nor how long the tea bags stay in the bath.
It’s your choice how strong you like it! So go on, indulge yourself! Just don’t make the bathwater too hot, or else you may aggravate the skin.
I’d love to know if you try any of these tea bath recipes here. Let me know how you find them by dropping a comment below. I always love to hear from you!
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Chamomile Bath Tea
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 1 tbsp dried lavender
- 1 tbsp dried chamomile
- 1 tbsp dried rose petals
- 3 drops of chamomile essential oil
Peppermint tea bath
- 1 cup of epsom salt
- 3 tbsp loose leaf peppermint tea
- 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Green Tea Bath
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, making sure they're mixed well.
- Add the essential oils.
- Fill muslin bags with the mixture and tie off the top.
- Swirl it around in the tub or hang it from the bath spout letting it steep in the water.
Each tea bath mixture will fill approximately three muslin bags.