Time spent in the bathtub is more than just time spent getting clean. For me, taking a bath is usually therapeutic. Sometimes I am trying to clear a stuffy head, sooth sore muscles or just relax with a glass of wine as I attempt to ignore the chaos that is my life. I love natural bath products…in fact I am beginning to think it is an addiction of sorts. Is there a Bath Products Anonymous group I should be joining? “Hello, my name is Diane and I spend way too much money on stuff to put in my bathtub water.” I have to be very careful of the bath products I buy since I have fairly sensitive skin. Making my own homemade natural bath products has become a way for me to indulge in my addiction without going broke!
One of my least favorite chores in this house is scrubbing out the bathtub so finding a way to add ingredients to my bath without leaving debris in the tub is helpful. These easy DIY bathtub teabags keep all of the herbs and other non soluble (AKA dissolve-able!) ingredients INSIDE the teabag. That means I don’t get bits and pieces floating in tub or stuck to the walls once I drain the water. Rinsing wet herbs off of your body after your bath is a little annoying. Depending on the purpose of your bath you can alter the ingredients you put in your bathtub teabags. I get many of my bulk herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs or from my local grocery store. Here are a few suggestions for things to include in your bathtub teabags:
- Fresh or dried herbs (various therapeutic properties)
- whole oats (very moisturizing)
- Epsom salts or Himalayan salts (detoxifying)
- essential oils
- corn starch
- baking soda
- sea salt
- citrus peels (energizing)
- loose leaf tea (green tea for example)
- assorted whole spices
I bought reusable teabags for this project but you could use old nylon stockings, coffee filters, cheese cloth, etc. Choose the herbs and spices you use based on what you are trying to accomplish. Lavender for relaxation, peppermint to energize, eucalyptus to treat a cold, etc. If you need ideas for therapeutic herbs, check out Wikipedia’s list of plants used in herbalism. There is no one particular recipe or ratio that is absolutely correct but here is what I used to make my bathtub teabags this week:
Easy DIY Bathtub Teabags
Mix in a small bowl:
1/4 cup whole oats (for moisturizing dry skin)
1/4 cup Himalayan bath salts (coarse) (helps detoxify the body)
2 TBSP dried Eucalyptus leaves (clear nasal passages)
1 tsp whole cloves (improves circulation)
thinly sliced orange peel (I used about 1/2 a Clementine’s worth) (energizing)
2 TBSP loose leaf green tea (detoxifying and has natural anti bacterial and anti fungal properties)
Place mixture into reusable tea bag or other method of steeping in your bath water as mentioned above. This will make enough for 2 to 3 teabags full of herbs. Since the orange peel is fresh I would not keep this mixture much longer than a few days. If you use all herbs and dried ingredients it should keep several weeks.
To use: Fill bath with warm water and put one teabag in to steep. You can let the herbs steep for 5 to 10 minutes before you get in and squeeze the bag gently under running water to really get the contents wet and the bath water full of goodness!
What sort of natural bath products to you use?