Learn how to make homemade bath tea bags with this simple tutorial. Whether I am bathing my baby, or when I was recovering after birth, or just after an active day when I have sore muscles, there are many occasions that homemade bath tea can feel amazing.
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WHY I STARTED MAKING BATH TEA
I have been enjoying this homemade bath tea recipe so much for a while now. This all started after I gave birth to my first baby. I read about using a “sitz bath” to help heal during the postpartum time and bought several different postpartum healing bath teas on Amazon.
Every night during the first few weeks after giving birth I would sit in the tub, baby on my lap, and just soak with the bath tea bags. I had never done this before, but once it became my routine I really enjoyed it.
After I was all healed from birth, I decided that the fancy post-birth bath teas were getting too expensive to use all the time. Not to mention a simple bag of herbs and flowers seemed like something I could easily make myself, especially now that I had my energy back! I had also gotten totally used to throwing a tea bag in the bath every night with my baby, and it became a tradition I didn’t want to end.
So I continued to take baths with my baby, and still do now 10 months later, only with my homemade bath tea products. The other reason I continued the bath teas even after the postpartum period was because I learned the healing benefits of calendula and chamomile for a baby. It can help heal their cradle cap, other skin irritations if they have them, and just overall they are good for baby’s skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body so I wanted to be super careful and intentional of what was going on my newborn baby’s skin.
BATH TEA BENEFITS
Research suggests that calendula has anti fungal and antimicrobial properties that help prevent infection and heal injuries to body tissue. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components which can be soothing to the skin. (source)
In the summertime I like to make calendula oil with my flowers. However now that I’ve been buying calendula flowers dried from Amazon, this is now another way I can use our calendula flowers once I’ve grown and dried them myself.
Chamomile also contains many benefits for the skin. It has powerful antioxidants and can help reduce signs of aging by protecting the skin from free-radical damage. It accelerates cell tissue renewal and promotes glowing skin. It may also provide benefits for wound healing, inflammation, redness, eczema, hyperpigmentation, and acne. (source) If that wasn’t enough, it also has a very calming aroma, making it the perfect bath tea to use before bedtime.
For this recipe I use these dried chamomile flowers that are also available on Amazon.
HOW TO USE BATH TEA BAGS
First start filling the tub up with warm water.
Next add 1 tea bag to the water. I also like to add 1/2 cup of epsom salt here.
Let the tub finish filling, and turn the water off. Leave it soaking for 15 minutes before getting in the tub.
Once you are in the tub, squeeze the tea bag every few minutes to help release the floral water throughout the bath. I also will squeeze the tea bags directly on my or my baby’s skin when washing.
Relax and enjoy!
TIPS FOR USING BATH TEA
You’ll find that the aroma in the bath gets stronger the longer the tea bag sits in the water.
Keep squeezing the tea bag every few minutes to release the tea water throughout the bath.
Squeeze the tea bag directly onto your skin, especially if trying to treat a sensitive area or skin irritation.
I also add a little epsom salt to the bath for added benefits.
BATH TEA BAG INGREDIENTS
HOW TO MAKE BATH TEA
Step 1: combine dried flowers or herbs of choice in a large bowl or other container. I am using calendula because it is healing to a baby’s skin, and chamomile for it’s naturally calming and relaxing effect. Mix to combine.
Step 2: fill an empty tea bag up with the dried flowers. Fasten with a knot at the top.
Step 3: meanwhile fill up your bath tub with warm water.
Step 4: Add 1 tea bag to the water and let sit 10-15 minutes before you get in. I also like to add 1/2 cup epsom salt here.
Step 5: relax and enjoy! Note: once you’re in the bath, squeeze the tea bag every few minutes to help spread the herbal tea water throughout the bath.
Can you reuse bath tea herbs?
Yes! 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 tea bag.
Can you put loose leaf tea in a bath?
I wouldn’t recommend doing this because the loose leaves can clog your drain. For easy clean up, use a tea bag for your bath.
What are the benefits of adding epsom salt?
Epsom salt is used to treat minor aches and pains. Many epsom salt advocates believe the amount of magnesium able to enter the body through the skin is sufficient for reducing swelling and relieving aches. It’s also thought that epsom salts are effective for soothing skin and reducing irritation and itching. (source)
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- Combine dried flowers or herbs of choice in a large bowl or other container. I am using calendula because it is healing to a baby's skin, and chamomile for it's naturally calming and relaxing effect. Mix to combine.
- Fill an empty tea bag up with the dried flowers. Fasten with a knot at the top.
- Meanwhile fill up your bath tub with warm water.
- Add 1 tea bag to the water and let sit 10-15 minutes before you get in. I also like to add 1/2 cup epsom salt here.
- Relax and enjoy! Note: once you're in the bath, squeeze the tea bag every few minutes to help spread the herbal tea water throughout the bath.
Once you're in the bath, squeeze the tea bag every few minutes to help spread the herbal tea water throughout the bath.