The main reason we have more than one herb used in this guide is because of how easy it is to put together, plus some people might like options! Here’s a little about the properties of each:
- Lavender: Eases stress, relieves pain and inflammation, relaxes the nervous and digestive systems.
- Rose Buds: Improves blood flow, immune booster, nourishes skin, and relieves menstrual pain.
- Chamomile: Commonly used for anxiety and relaxation, it is also used to reduce inflammation, swelling, and insomnia.
- Calendula: Eases muscle fatigue, improves skin health, antibacterial, and great for dry and damaged skin.
- Blue Cornflower: Relaxing, anti-inflammatory, tones and brightens skin. Great for sensitive skin!
Other Options of Ingredients
- Peppermint: Reduces stress, cramps, and headache pains. Great in dealing with stomach issues and nausea.
- Hibiscus: High in antioxidants and vitamin C, antibacterial and antimicrobial, and can help boost metabolism.
- Rosemary: High in all the antis (antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory), improves mood and memory.
- Jasmine: Helps with anxiety, fever, and sunburns. It’s great for boosting energy and relieving stress.
What does Epsom salt do?
Epsom salts are made from salts found in natural springs of England. Soaking in Epsom slats can relax muscles, loosen stiff joints, among these properties:
- Arthritis pain and swelling
- Bruises and sprains
- Ingrown toenails
- Sore muscles after working out
- Sunburn pain and redness
- Tired, swollen feet
Some alternatives to Epsom salt could be oatmeal, Himalayan salt, or milk powder!
Now, let’s get into making DIY bath teas!
First thing I needed to do was figure out how many bags of each I needed. I used a washable marker to label each bag to color-coordinate them. I use these markers for everything, so I trusted them to not bleed through or smudge (which they didn’t).
In this guide, we aimed to do 3 bags of each herb per person. So for me, I wanted to gift 12 people. With some handy algebra, this means I required 180 bags total. Hence, why I bought 2 units of the tea bags. See my fancy formula below:
3 Bags X 5 Herbs X 12 People = 180
Once I had them all labeled, counted, double-counted, triple-counted, and sorted, I then moved on to the next step.
I will say that any measurement I provide is an estimate. This step is really about preference. Some people like a lot of “flavor” or fragrance in their bath tea, while others may not.
My baseline measurement was 1 tablespoon for each bag. Which worked out great for the lavender and blue cornflower.
However, the other ingredients were more bulky, so I filled the bag ⅓ of the way (about 2 tablespoons). Enough to get fragrance, but still leave room for the Epsom salt.
Filling the mason jar is easy!
- Add ½ cups of Epsom salt
- Add 2-3 drops of essential oil (in this case, lavender oil)
- Add the final ¼ cup of Epsom salt
- Stir with a spoon or measuring spoon. The best way to do this (and not make a mess) is to insert the spoon until it touches the bottom. As you slowly bring it up, twist it. This will help mix the essential oil with the Epsom salt.
Twist the cover back on, and you’re ready to go! You don’t have to do the next step, however, I do recommend it if you’re planning on gifting the bath teas to anyone.
The biggest hiccup to my plan was figuring out how I was going to instruct people what to do, while also keeping the tea bags free of marker or paper (since they’re going to be dunked in water).
You can design the card to be whatever you want, so long as it explains how to use the bath teas and what each herb is.
An alternative to the tea bags is to layer the herbs on top of the Epsom salt. So you’re only gifting a mason jar!
My cats, Val and Halla, love jumping on the counters. They love jumping atop them and spreading their little litter infested paws all over the surfaces where I make breakfast, brew tea, meal prep.