If you haven’t already heard about herbal bath recipes for healing, it is time you do. Balneotherapy or herbal baths are not a new concept at all. They have been used since ancient times to heal ailments such as leprosy, arthritis and even heart disease. The practice was very common in ancient Rome where mineral bath water was piped throughout the town so people could soak in the herbal baths and enjoy their medicinal effects. You can easily create an herbal bath spa in the comforts of your home. Today, we tell you everything you need to know to make your own herbal bath tea recipes:
Best herbs for bath soak
You can find all the ingredients you need for your herbal bath soaks and herbal bath tea. Flowers are the best and you can add herbs and dried flowers or leaves in a muslin bag, tie it around the tap and let hot water run through it. Alternatively, you can boil the herbs, steep them and strain the infusion. Add the cooled infusion to the bath water to soak in it. The word infusion is just a fancy word for tea. However, tea would imply that you consume it. However, the herbal bath teas described later in this guide may not always be fit for consumption. You can also add some other ingredients given below to your herbal baths to enhance their medicinal properties:
- Epsom Salts– These are nothing but Magnesium sulfate. Epsom salts benefit the skin and body in numerous ways. They can cure magnesium deficiency and heal bones, tissues and other damages caused by everyday stress and strain. Epsom salt baths are very popular for stress relief. You can also use them to ward off cold and flu, aches and pains and inflammation of all kinds. Soaking in Epsom salt baths can relieve Urine infection pain, hemorrhoids and other vaginal and pelvic issues.
- Food colors– Dyes and food colors greatly enhance your herbal bath tea recipes. Color plays an important role on our mood and can go a long way in creating an relaxing atmosphere. Add some food color to your flower bath recipes to create a delightful herbal bath spa. Special soap dyes are also available easily in the market.
- Fragrance– Fragrance is also an essential component of herbal baths. You can use any essential oil you like. Choose therapeutic grade organic essential oils like Lavender, Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood etc.
- Herbs– Finely or coarsely ground herbs mixed with bath salts greatly enhance your herbal bath tea recipes. Some of the most popular herbs along with their medicinal properties are: refreshing herbs like Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemongrass, relaxing herbs such as Lavender, Lemon Balm, Vervain, Valerian, skin softening herbs such as oatmeal, chickweed, rose petals and antifungal herbs like black walnut, tansy, tea tree oil etc.
Temperature of the bath
If you are using the herbal bath for aches, pains or inflammation, you can use hot water for the herbal bath soak. You can also alternate between cold and hot baths- this is especially recommended for treating issues like hemorrhoids, menstrual cramps, bladder infection pain etc. If you are using essential oils in the bath, avoid using very hot water as it emulsifies the oils and reduces their medicinal properties as well as their fragrance. In such a case, it is better to use warm water or water that is slightly above the body temperature.
How long to soak in the herbal bath?
Soak for at least 20 minutes to get the medicinal properties. You can also soak until the water runs cold.
Let us now discuss some of the best DIY herbal bath tea recipes.
Best herbal bath tea recipes
1. Basic herbal bath tea
- 2 cups dried herbs like chamomile or calendula. You can use any other herbs mentioned above.
- 50 drops of essential oils for fragrance-Lavender and Rosemary are the best. Rosemary bath benefits include refreshing after a tiring day, fighting colds, for fungal infections etc.
- 1 cup Epsom salts or sea salt
- 1 tsp Vitamin E (optional. It acts as a preservative)
In a bowl, mix the herbs and salts together. Add the vitamin E if using, then using a dropper, add the essential oils. Mix well using a spoon. Adjust the oil or salts depending on the fragrance you need. Spoon the mixture inside a muslin bag or empty tea bags. You can also fill up the mixture in an old handkerchief. Tie the bags or kerchief with a ribbon. Store them in air tight containers until ready to use.
2. Herbal bath after birth recipe
Mothers find this recipe very beneficial and soothing. It eases the pain of the delivery and relaxes the body and mind. The herbs used for this bath are uplifting, healing and antiseptic. You can even take your baby along in this herbal bath after birth.
- 2 oz comfrey leaves
- 1 oz each calendula and lavender flowers and sage leaves
- ½ oz myrrh powder
- ¾ cup sea salt
Mix together the herbs and flowers with the myrrh powder. Boil 4 quarts of water and add turn off the heat. Next, add a handful of the herbal-floral mixture to it. Cover and steep for 30 minutes. Strain then add the herbal bath tea to hot water. Store the remaining herbal mixture for another bath.
3. Energizing bath soak
- 1 cup each coarse salt and Epsom salt
- 10-20 drops of any food color you like
- 6 drops Eucalyptus oil
- 10 drops Rosemary oil
- 15 drops Peppermint oil
Add the oils, color and salts to the bath water. Soak in this herbal bath spa for instant energy.
4. Sinus and headache relief bath soak
- 2-3 cups of Epsom salts
- 1/3 cup each ground dried peppermint and spearmint leaves
- 10-15 drops of Peppermint essential oil
Soak in this herbal bath to open up the sinuses and clear up congestion.
5. Herbal bath recipe for dry skin
- 2 cups herbs for dry skin (Comfrey, lady’s mantle leaves, sage leaves, lavender flowers, rosemary flowers, calendula leaves and flowers, chamomile etc)
- 50 drops essential oils like Rosemary, Lavender or Ylang Ylang
- 1 cup Epsom salts or sea salts
- Vitamin E oil- 1 tsp (optional). It acts as a preservative in case you are making a large batch of this recipe.
Mix all the oils, salts and herbs. Make a tea (as mentioned above in the basic recipe). Store the remaining mixture in an air-tight mason jar.
6. Bath blend for sore muscles
Sore and aching muscles will benefit from this herbal bath soak. The following recipe makes enough for 2-4 baths.
- 2 parts sage and eucalyptus leaves each
- 8-10 drops of Pine or sage essential oil
Mix the herbs with the oils. To use, run a warm bath and add the mixture. Soak in it for 20 minutes.
7. Relaxing rose-chamomile bath tea
- 1 cup dried German chamomile flowers
- ½ cup dried rosebuds and rose petals
- 2- 3 drops of pure rose essential oil
- 1-2 drops of patchouli oil
First, combine the dried herbs and mix well. In another cup, mix the essential oils. Now add the oil mixture to the herb mixture. Package as desired. To use: add a small quantity of the mixture to bath water. Soak in for 15 to 20 minutes.
8. Skin nourishing seaweed herbal bath tea
Seaweed is rich in iodine as well as vitamins A, B, D and E. It also has trace minerals that nourish the skin.
- 1 tsp powdered Kelp
- Dried peppermint leaves- 1 cup
- 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 2-3 drops Patchouli essential oil
In a bowl, combine the dried herbs and in another glass bowl, mix the essential oils. Pour the oils over the dried herbs. Stir to combine and pack the mixture in tea bags or handkerchiefs. To use, take a bag and run hot water through it to fill up the tub. Soak for 20 minutes.
9. Oakmoss herbal bath soak
- ½ cup each dried Lavender, Rosemary and Peppermint
- 2 tbsp dried Oakmoss
Combine the herbs. Use 1/3rd cup per bath by filling the mixture in a muslin bag. For a stronger bath, make a strong herbal tea infusion ahead, cool it and add it to bath water.
10. Simple herbal bath recipe for curing Insomnia
- 3 parts Lavender
- 1 part Rose
Boil the ingredients in water. Cool, strain and pour the infusion in bath water. Enjoy!
Let us know which herbal bath tea recipe you have tried and loved!