Last-Minute Gift Idea: How To Make Herbal Bath Teas

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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.

Herbal bath teas

Mix these together in a medium bowl or dish.

Herbal bath teas

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!

Herbal bath teas

Herbal bath teas

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.

Herbal bath teas
Which herbs would you use for your creation? Happy holidays!

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Megan -December 18, 2013, 9:40AM

This is the cutest idea! I actually made a gingerbread sugar scrub for three of my sisters for Christmas, I just have to add a small bottle of warm vanilla potion. I love homemade beauty bath products. So much better than store bought.

LamentingLizzie -December 18, 2013, 9:48AM

Hah, I just mailed out all my homemade gifts (I made the flower soap you featured!), but I will definitely Pin this for next year.

Anonymous -December 18, 2013, 10:05AM

Oh my goodness this is so lovely! Seriously would make beautiful gifts!

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Anonymous -December 18, 2013, 10:13AM

I have got to say, I love some of the ideas you guys come up with, and this could have been one of them… except for the fact that there are many herbs which can cause allergic reactions and general irritation to the skin, especially in a bath. There’s definitely more research needed here.

Jessi Larson -December 18, 2013, 2:06PM

What a great gift idea. My family doesn’t exchange gifts because we are spread out around the country and shipping is a nightmare, but this would be inexpensive to make and ship because it would be so light.

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kelly -December 19, 2013, 10:53PM

How do I know how much of each of the dry herbs to use.. I want to use the same ones you used.. Should I use the same ratio you did.. The peppermint was the tsp one, right?

Benjamin Parker -December 21, 2013, 11:24PM

Amazing! Affordable and helpful gifts to the give in. Thank you this was such a great post!

Kathy -January 15, 2014, 6:02PM

I am definitely going to try this one and make it for Christmas gifts.

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