For centuries, cultures worldwide having been practicing the ritual of bathing for healing and cleansing (Japanese Onsen), for spiritual purification (Mayan Temazcal) or for relaxation and rejuvenation (Turkish Hammam). The physical and psychological benefits of immersing ourselves in water are quite powerful, having the ability to reduce muscle fatigue, improve blood circulation, lower stress levels, and improve sleep quality.
It is easy to create a bathing ritual at home that will allow you to reap these benefits and experience relaxation of both the body and mind. A simple way to elevate a regular bath is by using a Bath Tea or Tub Tea.
So, what is a Bath Tea?
Like the tea you brew in the kitchen a bath tea is a collection of natural ingredients that are infused into your bathwater. A Bath Tea is a therapeutic treat for your body. They allow your skin to absorb the minerals and antioxidants of the ingredients, while also creating an aromatic element that adds to the overall bathing experience. Not to forget they will also make you smell great.
The best thing about Bath Teas is that you can experiment with different natural ingredients you have at home, creating a new experience with each bath.
Common ingredients for Bath Teas include - Epsom Salts, Pink Himalayan Rock Salt, Oat Flour, Coconut Milk Powder, Green Tea, Rose Petals, Lavender, Chamomile, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, and Citrus Fruits.
How to Make Bath Teas
There are several methods you can use to prepare a Bath Tea depending on the ingredients that you are using.
Method One: Place all the ingredients into a small muslin bag and hang over the bath nozzle while filling, you can then add the bag to the bath while you soak. If creating multiple bags, make sure to store in an airtight container, so the ingredients maintain their freshness.
Method Two: Create a sensual experience by adding the ingredients directly to the bath. This method is particularly effective if using essential oils or flower petals – think Balinese Floral Bath.
Method Three – Combine all ingredients into a pot and simmer for at least 15 minutes, strain then add directly to your bath.
To help you on this blissful journey of Bath Teas we have included a recipe below:
½ cup Oat Flour (ground oat flakes)
½ cup Powdered Milk or Coconut Milk
½ cup Pink Himalayan Rock Salt
½ cup Dried Lavender or Rose Petals
15-20 drops Sandalwood Oil
Combine all ingredients together and place in an airtight jar, when ready to use place 2-3 large tablespoons into a muslin bag. Follow method one for use.
Alternatively, why not try adding a herbal touch to our Sandalwood infused Bath Salts. Rosemary or mint for a refreshing blend or chamomile for a calming tranquil blend. Sandalwood Powder is also a great addition to a blend to aid skin softening. The possibilities are endless.
If you create a Bath Tea using one of our products, we would love for you to share the recipe in the comments below, so that others can enjoy a little sandalwood relaxation.