DIY Bath Tea Bags: Last Minute Gift Idea
DIY bath tea bags make the perfect last minute gift idea for her. With just three ingredients, anyone can pull these together quickly!
Several years ago, I started an herb garden in our woodlands home in Illinois. Stalks of lavender and hyssop, irregular growing chamomile, and sprawling peppermint and lemon balm, to name a few, were all just a snip away from being enjoyed in a herbal tea, recipe, or DIY. It was from this garden that I wrote Nourishing Nature: Beauty recipes from the garden to introduce readers to plants to grow for specific skin types and common skin issues. And I’ve shared many herbal DIYs such as herbal hydrosols, refreshing citrus mint bath salts, and gorgeous herbal candle wax melts here.
Since recently building a new home in Texas, we have certainly missed our hillside garden and are looking forward to expanding our new one here next spring. During our wait, I have discovered new ways to enjoy herbs without an herb garden. And this serenity bath tea I made for a last minute gift idea is one way that I’m excited to share with you!
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Need a last minute gift idea?
If asking yourself, “What can I make as a last minute gift?” brought you here, I’m glad I got your attention because I love sharing homemade gift ideas to pamper friends and family! Custom perfume recipes, handmade soap, and homemade candles are my go-to gifts made at home. But, sometimes, a special occasion comes up, and I don’t have anything prepared.
With the help of this really fun Serenity Spa Kit (it’s got everything you need to have a spa day at home) from Earthy Good, I came up with this last minute gift idea for DIY bath tea bags! All I added was one of my favorite loose-leaf herbal teas!!
It’s VERY easy-to-make and looks so put-together when in little glassine bags.
Did you know glassine is naturally biodegradable, renewable, and recyclable? Its transparent, smooth surface does have quite an appeal. I’ve noticed many high-end bath and body products are packaged in glassine. I think it’s a great alternative to plastic gift bags, don’t you agree?
And you have to love the mini size of these DIY bath tea bags – they travel well, look adorable tucked into a package with other gifts, or shine on their own when gifted in a trio.
Your recipient will undoubtedly appreciate the nod to slow down and enjoy some “me-time” with a bath tea.
If you don’t have access to any glassine bags, muslin bags work well too. You can even find some at the grocery store in the tea aisle or baking aisle. I’ve used these sealable kraft bags for bath teas and bath salts before too.
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How does bath tea work?
If you wonder how bath tea works and can you put loose leaf tea in a bath, let me fill you in. Herbal teas are well known around the globe for their therapeutic benefits. But, what many don’t know is that when you bathe in herbal tea, you absorb the antioxidants and nutrients faster than drinking it, thanks to our skin being the largest organ in the body!
So, if you choose an herbal tea for better sleep or stress relief, for example, you can count on the same benefits of drinking it as bath tea benefits. Amazing, right?
I chose a high antioxidant blueberry tea to make these DIY bath tea bags. With the addition of bergamot, lavender, and eucalyptus essential oils, the steam created in the bath smells like a trip to the spa. And it opens your pores to receive all the benefits each ingredient has to offer. And the Epsom salts help your body release toxins and built-up tension. — Hence the name serenity!
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How do you use bath tea bags?
Bath teas are designed to be used just like your morning cup of tea by filling a muslin bag halfway full with bath tea (a soap saver could work too). Then tie it closed and hang it over your bathtub faucet. Turn on the water and let it run through to fill the tub with bath tea.
Once filled, step in and soak your tub, steeping in tea for 15 to 20 minutes. Afterward, discard the tea leaves, rinse the bag, and hang it to dry until the next use.
How do you make bath teas?
I said this last minute gift idea was very easy-to-make, and I meant it!
Fill each DIY bath tea bag with:
1 tablespoon Epsom salts
1 teaspoon loose-leaf herbal tea
2 drops bergamot essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Tie a stack of bath tea bags together with twine for a thoughtful gift, or tuck a single bag into a mug with a muslin tea bag. No matter how you package, these DIY bath tea bags make a great gift for her.
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