Bath Teas..

A good warm bath at the end of a busy day – at any time, in fact – can melt away stress, treat skin irritations and muscle aches, and relieve symptoms of colds and flu. Enhance warm water’s natural relaxing qualities with a strong herbal tea poured directly into the bath. Some of the medicinal constituents will be absorbed effortlessly through your skin, and others, such as volatile oils, will rise from the surface of the water with the steam and be absorbed through the mucous membranes of your respiratory tract. Keep in mind that bath teas are not formulated for internal consumption, so do not use them as beverage teas. Carefully label these teas for bathing use only, and store them near the bathroom.

Try these delightful bath tea recipes. Each one makes enough tea for a single bath and can be added either with the herbs still in the tea water or strained out.

Bedtime Bath Tea.

This bath tea’s wonderful fragrance relaxes your spirit, and its healing substances soften your skin. It’s a perfect tea for helping to calm children in the evening before bed.

  • 1 heaping cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried chamomile flower
  • 1 heaping cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried lemon balm herb
  • 2/3 heaping cup fresh or 1/3 cup dried lavender flower
  • 10 cups purified water
  • Several drops essential oil such as lavender or orange {optional}

Place the chamomile, lemon balm, and lavender in a saucepan. Add the water and stir to thoroughly combine, cover, and gently simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it steep for 20 minutes. If desired, strain and compost the herbs or feel free to include them in your bath for extra healing benefits. Add the optional essential oil and stir well. Add the tea to a warm bath and enjoy.

Healthy Skin Bath Tea.

lavender calendula bath tea

These herbs are especially soothing during gardening season, when mosquito bites, scratches and scrapes, and a little sunburn are likely.

  • 1/2 heaping cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried calendula flower
  • 1/2 heaping cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried plantain leaf
  • 1/2 heaping fresh or 1/4 cup dried Gotu kola herb
  • 1/2 heaping cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried lavender flower
  • 1/2 heaping cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried echinacea leaf
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root
  • 10 cups purified water

Place the calendula, plantain, Gotu kola, lavender, echinacea, and ginger in a saucepan. Add the water, stir to thoroughly combine, cover, and gently simmer for 30 minutes. If desired, strain and compost the herbs. Add the tea to a warm bath and enjoy.

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