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Make bath tea yourself: Simple recipes that pamper your body and mind!

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Winter continues. Fog, snow and low temperatures not only affect our mood, but also put a strain on our bodies. A relaxing bath in warmth and tranquility is the best thing you can do for yourself right now. Bathing is actually an ancient therapeutic practice called balneotherapy. The Romans recognized the importance of water therapy and even provided public bathhouses for citizens. Steams, baths and cold water baths are used by Ayurvedic healers depending on the constitution and predominant dosha to improve health and promote metabolism and circulation. Almost all ancient cultures prescribe therapeutic bathing rituals with herbs and oils to promote general well-being and soothe the skin, the largest organ of our body. This type of bath additive seems to be coming back into fashion at the moment, but in the form of bath tea. What is bath tea and how to make bath tea bags yourself, you will learn below.

What is bath tea?

Bath tea with herbs in muslin bag

Drinking tea can have many health benefits, but tea can also be absorbed topically through the skin and is therefore often called bath tea. Bath tea in sachets is so great because you don’t have to worry about cleaning up after your bath. Bubble baths, bath bombs, and even herbal bath salts often leave a residue that needs to be cleaned up after the bath. With a bath tea bag, you can enjoy the relaxing bath experience and simply remove it as soon as you drain the water. Voila.

combine dried herbs and salts for bath tea

By using certain herbs, you can enrich your bath water with powerful active ingredients. An herbal bath can increase circulation and relax muscles, improving muscle tension and pain. Warm steam can help with nasal congestion and also relieve headaches. A warm bath has even been shown to lower blood pressure, which can improve your mood and relieve stress. Trouble sleeping? A full bath before bedtime works wonders.

Herbal baths are also great for children. Babies don’t need a soapy bath every day. Some days, a simple relaxing herbal bath and massage will do the trick. Gentle organic bath herbs like chamomile and calendula can help soothe skin and relax irritable babies and toddlers.

Bath tea with calendula chamomile rose petals and epsom salt

What herbs are best for a bath tea? You can choose a variety of herbs to customize your herbal bath experience depending on your specific needs or preferences. Epsom salts, sea salts and essential oils are also nice additions. Here are some simple bath tea ideas:

  • Lavender and rose petals provide relaxation and fill the air with a beautiful floral aroma.
  • Peppermint and rosemary are refreshing and help with fatigue, stress and exhaustion.
  • Lavender, real chamomile and peppermint relieve stress and relax body and mind.
  • Dried calendula leaves and chamomile flowers soothe and soften the skin. They are great for children, especially if they have irritated skin, insect bites or diaper rash.
  • Rose petals, lavender flowers, chamomile flowers and marigold petals form a relaxing and nourishing aromatic herbal blend that also supports the lymphatic system.
  • Lime blossoms and lemongrass have a mood-lifting effect.
  • Eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary are refreshing and effective against muscle and joint pain.
  • Chamomile, lemon balm and lavender ensure a restful sleep.

Dried lavender buds in sachets


The recipe for bath tea does not have to be complicated. A simple mixture of dried lavender buds and rose petals collected and dried in your summer garden also makes an excellent bath tea. You can also buy ready-made dried herbs. Be sure to choose organic products, because you do not need pesticides or other unpleasant additives in your bath. It is best to use dried herbs within two to four years. When they lose their scent, it’s a sign that it’s time to throw them away.

Make your own bath tea bags

Make your own bath tea bags with paper tea filters XL

Bath tea bags are easy to make and store, so you’ll always have one on hand when you want a heavenly bath.

First, you’ll need some XL-sized paper tea filters. These are especially handy because the whole thing can go in the compost after use. You can also use a muslin bag, cheesecloth or even a clean sock that can be reused.

Make your own bath tea bags chamomile rose lavender


Then assemble your herb mixture. Adjust the amounts accordingly. For a full bath, you will need one bath tea bag of 100 grams each. If desired, add a few drops of your favorite scented oil and some Epsom salt. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and using a spoon, pour the herbs into the tea bags. Seal the tea bags by folding the end down 4-5 times and sealing with a staple.

Hang the bag on the faucet and run hot water through the bag OR place the bath tea bag in the empty tub and fill it halfway with very hot water. Then turn the faucet to cold and continue filling until the water reaches a comfortable temperature. Squeeze the bag to release the aromatic components of the herbs. The bath tea bag can also be used as a “herbal washcloth”.

Bath tea bag as a gift

Make your own bath tea bags as a gift

Herbal bath teas are ideal as gifts for teachers , friends and family. They are a great way to say “thank you” or express love and care to someone special. To give the homemade bath tea bags as a gift, pack them in a canning jar and make a tag with instructions for use.

warm bath has a soothing effect on the mind and body

Some important notes:
Despite its many benefits, a warm bath may not be recommended for everyone.

  • Do not use very hot water. The ideal bath temperature is between 34° and 36° degrees.
  • Do not bathe for more than 15-20 minutes.
  • If you have heart disease or a chronic illness, consult your doctor before starting a new bathing routine.
  • If you are pregnant, discuss herbal baths with your doctor or midwife.
  • Keep some cool drinking water nearby.
  • Even a healthy person may feel dizzy or uncomfortable while bathing. If this happens, get out slowly, rest, and drink some water because you may be dehydrated. If you do not feel better soon, see a doctor.