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.

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.

Herbal Bath Bags

Lavender has a relaxing effect on the peripheral nervous system and has long been used to treat headaches originating from nervous tension. Not surprisingly with these medicinal properties combined with its sweet clean smell, lavender has long been a constituent of bath bags. These are made from squares of muslin or voile. A cupful of the mixture is placed in the center of the square, the sides drawn up and tied into a bag with appropriate colored ribbon.
 
Lavender Mist Bath Bags
 
1/2 cup dried sweet cicely
1/2 cup dried sweet woodruff
1 tablespoon dried valerian roots
1/4 cup dried lavender leaves
1/2 cup dried lavender flowers
1/4 cup dried angelica leaves
1 1/2 cup medium ground oatmeal
1/2 cup almond meal
20 drops oil of lavender
 
Divide the mixture into 3 equal portions and tie into bags as previously described.
Soak the bag thoroughly in hot water at the bottom of the bath before topping up with cool water.
Squeeze the bag repeatedly until no more milkiness emerges. The water will now be silky soft and fragrant.
Use the bag as a final gentle skin scrub. The bag is reusable once provided it is used the next day.
 
Aromatic Bath
 
This recipe is adapted from the Toilet of Flora published in the seventeenth century.
Combine half a cup of each of the following dried herbs: lavender, sweet marjoram, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, wormwood, peppermint, pennyroyal, lemon balm.
Add the mixture to two litres of water in an enamelled pan, boil for ten minutes, then allow to cool.
Strain through a double layer of cloth and add half a bottle of brandy.
Bottle. Add a little to the bathtub when bathing.
 
The Beauty Bath
 
Ninon de Lenclos was a celebrated and exceedingly beautiful French courtesan of the seventeenth century.
She died at the age of 85 {rare indeed at that time} and reputedly retained her smooth youthful skin and curves until the end. She attributed this to her special daily herbal bath.
Here is her secret recipe.
1 handful crushed comfrey root
1 handful dried lavender flowers
1 handful dried mint leaves
1 handful dried rosemary leaves
1 handful dried Centifolia rose petals {recommended by famous French herbalist Maurice Messague for its anti-wrinkle properties}
 
Mix together, tie in a muslin bag and place in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over the herbs and leave to steep for 20 minutes. Pour the resulting infusion into a warm bath, squeezing the bag hard to extract all the active principles.
 
An Eighteenth Century Sweet Bath
 
This bath is refreshing, antiseptic and deodorising.
 
1 cup dried rose petals
1 cup dried orange flowers
1 cup dried Jasminum officinalis flowers
1 cup dried bay leaves
1 cup dried mint leaves
1 cup pennyroyal leaves
1 cup dried citrus peel {yellow part only}
6 drops essential oil of lavender
6 drops essential oil of musk
6 drops essential oil rose geranium
 
Mix well and store in a glass jar.
To use, tie 2-3 cups of the mixture in a muslin square, place in a bowl and pour boiling water over the herbs.
Allow to infuse for twenty minutes, remove the herbs squeezing the muslin bag firmly to extract all the herb extract, and add this concentrated infusion to a warm bath.
 
The Ultimate Tranquility Bath
 
Save this bath until evening.
You will find yourself unwinding wonderfully with this fragrant bath.
 
1 cup dried lavender flowers
1 cup dried linden flowers
1 cup dried chamomile flowers
1 cup dried valerian root chips
1 cup dried sweet marjoram
1/2 cup dried angelica leaves
1/2 cup dried lemon verbena leaves
 
Mix well together and use in the same way as the previous recipe.

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