Herbal Interests // Herbal Bath Teas for Spring

It's been almost a year since we shared our last Herbal Bath Tea recipes on the blog! I honestly cannot believe it's been that long. This past year went by extremely fast and in such a wonderful blur. I'm sure within the next five years everything will just begin to blur together. I suppose that's why I'm thankful for this little blog and all that it holds and shares; it's a sort of public journal for me, where I can recount my days and share some of my favorite things with you. It also reminds me of what my favorite things are and the things I've made - because sometimes even I forget! I love getting inspired again by the things I've made in the past and remembering what they meant to me then. I thought it might be time to share some new herbal bath tea recipes! It's been a while since I've made new ones and since we've used them ourselves. 

I wanted some fresh, earthy scents this time around as well as some herbs to relieve stress, calm us all down for the night, and stimulate our aching muscles. Oh boy, this garden is going to kick our butts next month! We'll be planting outdoors by the end of April - the end of April just seems like a terrifying and exciting time for us all at once. We'll be headed to the first Country Living Fair of the year (get your tickets here and come see us!), planting vegetables, moving chickens into their coop, and trying to make up more inventory for the next show. Phew! I'm sweating already. Some stress relief baths are much needed in my future. 

Bath teas all have a common collection of ingredients to them to make up their mixture. You'll want a base of either milk, oats, or salts (or all three if you're feeling really brave!). Then you need a combination of herbs that work their magic to make you feel good with scents along with a choice of carrier oils and essential oils to hold everything together, soften skin, and heal.

This time around, I used organic, dry whole milk, epsom salts, and Vitamin E oil for all three bath teas. You can use a variety of oils and salts of your choice; that's entirely up to you! Here are some ideas for different types of salts and carrier oils that you can use:

  • Epsom Salt
  • Dead Sea Salt
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Apricot Seed Oil

Stimulate

  • 1/2 cup dry milk
  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup dried sage
  • 1/2 cup dried mint 
  • 1/2 cup dried basil
  • 1/2 cup dried lemon grass
  • 5-10 drops rose absolute essential oil
  • 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with your hands, breaking up any clumps and evenly distributing the oils. Pour into a container with an airtight seal and store in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

The combination of sage, mint, and basil is such a lovely, earthy combo. I figured this tea would be my least favorite, but it turned out to be the opposite! I love the strong scent of the dried mint mixed with the subtle coolness of the sage. These herbs work well to help stimulate muscles and other parts of the body such as the digestive system to help with constipation, stomach issues, and the nervous system. 

Stress Relief

  • 1/2 cup dry milk
  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup lemon balm
  • 1/2 cup chamomile
  • 1/2 comfrey
  • 1/2 cup peppermint
  • 5-10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with your hands, breaking up any clumps and evenly distributing the oils. Pour into a container with an airtight seal and store in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

Chamomile and lavender are some of the most common herbs used to relieve stress, calm nerves, and heal with their doziness. I love making a warm cup of chamomile and lavender tea before bed to help me fall into a peaceful sleep. We fill our Herbal Dream Pillows with these herbs as well! I've also filled this bath tea with comfrey, which is known for its ability to heal bones and anti-inflammatory properties. Be cautious, though, as comfrey is not recommended for internal use by anyone nor external use with pregnant women. 

Soothing

  • 1/2 cup dry milk
  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup dried jasmine flowers
  • 1/2 cup dried rosemary
  • 1/2 cup dried lavender
  • 1/2 cup dried chamomile
  • 5-7 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup dried thyme
  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with your hands, breaking up any clumps and evenly distributing the oils. Pour into a container with an airtight seal and store in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

This tea is the perfect sleepy time bath. It's filled with lavender and chamomile along with the secret weapon, jasmine! Jasmine increases your feelings of happiness, optimism, and helps to enable deep breathing essentially carrying your worries away. So lovely!

Once you have your bath tea mixed well and in its container, then it's time to use it! I like to fill up a tiny muslin bag that you can find at most craft stores. If you don't have a muslin bag, you can cut out a small piece of cotton or muslin and tie it up with a piece of twine. You'll want about three tablespoons of bath tea! Place the bag into your warm bath water and let it soak with you for the entirety of your bath. It's really simple! When you're finished, dump out the used herbs inside and let the bag air dry to be used another time. Like I said above, these teas can last for up to six months! If you notice your tea starting to smell fowl or not normal, then it's probably not good and don't use it! Please be cautious if you are pregnant, nursing, or wanting to use these teas on young children. I use a smaller dose with Tad, and we don't have any issues, but all children are different and react uniquely to different herbs and essential oils. Please do your homework and research each herb and essential oil carefully to inform yourself of their properties! 

**Remember, I am not a professional herbalist nor am I a doctor. This is just a hobby! If you are questioning any of these ingredients, please consult a doctor before use. I try to make really gentle and neutralized home remedies for my readers!

Enjoy your new teas! (:

xoxo Kayla