Soak away your stress with these easy to make herbal tub teas. Tub teas are a wonderful way to use up garden herbs, as well as, renew and revitalize your mind, body and spirit. This Energizing Lemon and Ginger Herbal Tub Tea is perfect if you’re are feeling a bit under the weather or need a warming soak at the end of a long day.
- 2 tbsp dried lemon balm
- 2 tbsp dried lemon thyme
- 1-2 tbsp dried lemon peel (depending on how big the pieces of lemon are)
- 1 tbsp dried ginger root
- ½ cup Epsom salts
- 6-8 drops lemon essential oil
- 2 reusable tea bags
Why You Should Make This Tub Tea
Why use this blend of herbs and ingredients? Here are some of the health benefits of each ingredient included in the energizing tub tea blend.
- Lemon balm not only smells great, but it’s a stress reliever. It helps uplift moods and has an antiviral property.
- Lemon thyme is a popular cooking herb that imparts a fresh lemon taste to food. It possesses a strong disinfectant quality and can help ease muscle spasms as well as a tight chest (due to allergies and cold).
- Lemon peels contain citrus bioflavonoids that can help reduce oxidation.
- Ginger is warming and helps improve blood circulation.
- Epsom salts are easily absorbed through the skin and help to relieve muscle tension, pain, and inflammation in joints.
- Lemon essential oil aids in purification and cleansing and will help nourish the skin. Here are some more amazing things it can do.
Put the ½ cup of Epsom salts into a bowl and add 6-8 drops of lemon essential oil.
Mix the essential oils into the Epsom salt thoroughly. There should be no visible clumps.
Add in the dried herbs, lemon peels and ginger. Mix well. Put the mix into the reusable tea bags and tie at the top with a piece of cotton twine. Reusable tea bags are easy to make with muslin fabric. Simply cut a rectangle and sew up the sides and bottom (leaving the top open). You can finish the bag by sewing a hem along the top.
If you do not have a reusable tea bag (and don’t want to make them) you can use an old sock or t-shirt large enough to tie into a bundle. If you are giving the tub teas away for a gift, put the mixture in a mason jar along with reusable tea bags (or with instructions about alternatives like a sock or t-shirt fabric).
How to Use Tub Teas
To use the tub tea, add the filled tea bag to a mug. Pour boiling water into the mug and let it steep for three to four minutes. Meanwhile, run your warm bath. When you are ready to get in, pour the tea and the tea bag into the tub. You do not have to do this step, but it will help you get the maximum amount of benefits from the ingredients.
Relax and enjoy your warming bath.
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