Traditionally made in tea bags, organza or cotton works just as well. Just like a tea bag, the cotton holds all of the herbs in place so you don’t have to clean the tub afterwards! These teas are meant to soothe the body and soul. They also make great handmade gifts!
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup dried milk powder or Himalayan sea salt
- 1/4 cup herbs of choice
- Tea bags or small, thin, cotton / silk fabric pouches (look for organza bags at the dollar store!)
Get creative and have fun with adding some of these optional ingredients! Many optional ingredients for bath teas and can be found outdoors. Fall is a great time of year to collect. You probably know someone who grows roses or juniper in their garden. Seabuckthorn can be found growing wild all over Canada. Go on a nature walk and collect any or all of the following. Take your kids, print out some pictures to help identify items, and ask you kids to find them. Explain what each of them is good for and then have them choose what they would like in their very own bath tea (or bath bomb – see recipe here)!
- 1-2 tbsp rose hips: high in vitamins, soothing
- 1-2 tbsp fir or pine needles soothing, adds scent and good for sore muscles
- 1-2 tbsp herbs: soothing to skin
- 1 tsp grated cocoa butter: moisturizing
- 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder: adds colour and scent
- 1-2 tbsp powdered clay: pulls impurities from skin, detoxifying
- 1-2 tbsp Himalayan salt: detoxifying, adds colour, good for sore muscles
- 1-2tbsp olive oil or other healing carrier oil
- 2-6 drops Essential Oils. More than that can overwhelm children’s systems. Good options are peppermint, balsam, spruce, frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, lavender, spearmint, or blends like Calm and Peace, DeconChest, Joyful, Winters Morning, 4 Thieves, Relax. Citrus oils should be used sparingly (1 drop) such as tangerine, lemon or grapefruit, if combined with other essential oils (for safety)
- Mix main ingredients together
- Add 1-3 optional ingredients
- Fill a tea bag or pouch
- Place in bath water and let steep!