Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Treat you and your bath to tea for two

Herbal bath bags (or bath tea bags) make a delicious bath that can be beneficial to your skin, ease stress and help soothe aches and pains.

To begin:
Make a drawstring bag out of cheesecloth, organza or muslin big enough to hold 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of of herbal mixture. Tie them tightly shut with ribbon or thin rope so the loose herbs will escape into your bath. The bags can be emptied, rinsed out and washed to be refilled and reused again and again.

Tea Recipes (makes about 4-6 baths):
Create the base by mixing:
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup sea salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Then to personalise your bath tea bag by adding 1/2 cup of dried herbs.

The most commonly used herbs for tea baths are lavender (relaxing), rosemary (improves memory), chamomile (relaxing, helps you sleep, good for anxiety or depression), sage (stimulant and antiseptic), mint (energising) and bay leaves (relieve muscle aches and improve stimulation). Oatmeal can be added to, this is good for softening the skin and relieving itching.

Preparing the Bath:
You can either hang the bags on the tap, making sure the the hot water is running through the tea bag and when its full let the bag float in the bath with you. Or boil a litre of water, place in a glass bowl and put your herbal bath tea bag in the water. Cover and let it infuse for at least 20mins. Pour the infused water into your bath along with the tea bag.


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