Even since the days of our ancient ancestors, people have submerged themselves in hot water to stimulate blood circulation, leaving them feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and renewed. Now imagine taking this one step further by adding the invigorating yet calming scents of gorgeous dried herbs. Hydrotherapy + aromatherapy. That, my friends, is quite a treat. These simple herbal bath teas are exactly what you need in order to do just that. Here’s how to make them!
First, acquire dried herbs of your choice from your local herb or specialty food store. You can use any combination you like. I chose lavender, chamomile, rosemary, and peppermint for a mixture that would calm and relax the body and soul, while energizing at the same time.
Mix these together in a medium bowl or dish.
You can put your mixture in a metal tea bag or make your own bag using cheesecloth or other natural porous fabric. We recently acquired a bunch of fabric remnants from our design team, so I chose two fabrics that I thought would would work well. I first cut them into different-sized circles (although one with about a 6-inch diameter worked best). Then I filled the middle portion with the herb mixture, pulled the edges together, and tied with natural string. Voila!
To use, just place into the tub while it fills with hot water — and leave it in for the duration of your bath. While you soak, try allowing the buzzing in your mind to come to a quiet lull. Take deep breaths, close your eyes, and bask in the beauty of the moment. When it comes time to get out, you should feel relaxed and refreshed!
I think that these would make the perfect gifts. What better a present to give someone you love than a reason to relax (and a homemade way to do so)? You could give a few pre-filled tea bags as well as a sealed glass jar with more of the herbal mixture for them to refill the bags once they’ve used them.
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