When it comes to self-care, many people may picture top of the line spas that offer caviar facials and fountain of youth water detox treatments. Sounds expensive right? Hey, if you’ve got the cash to burn to treat yourself to a little Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion, go for it! However, if you’re anything like me, your bank account isn’t ready for that type of damage. Fortunately, I’ve got the perfect way to treat yourself while not totally disrespecting your bank account.
For centuries, people have used tea as a holistic way to cure and manage many ailments, and by looking at all the health benefits of drinking tea, it’s not hard to see why that’s often worked. Tea contains antioxidants, it’s been known to reduce the risk of heart attacks, it boost your immune system and it’s been known to assist with weight loss. The list of benefits goes on and on. You get all this by drinking tea. Did you know that your body could reap the benefits even faster by bathing in the tea? Since the skin is the largest organ in the body, a “tea bath” allows the body to absorb the tea and its beneficial nutrients much quicker than you could obtain by drinking tea.
When creating bath teas, it’s important to understand what ingredients go into it. Remember, your skin will be soaking this in, so you only want the good stuff. Ultimately, this is completely your creation and really there is no right or wrong way to build your bath teas, but here are a few suggestions. When I create my bath teas, I use a cotton muslin bag because it’s reusable and I’ve found that it holds my additives the best. One common component you’ll find is salt. I stick with my favorite trio of Pink Himalayan salt, epsom, and dead sea salt because they’re easy to find (many can be found in your local market) and contain many health benefits. Next, I add my botanicals. If I’m looking for a relaxing bath, I love using lavender buds. Peppermint leaves and camomile are also a real treat. After I’ve gotten my botanicals, I like to treat myself by adding clay. Bentonite clay is really affordable and great for detoxing. Adding a small amount to your mixture can really do wonders for your skin. The last step to making my bath tea is adding my essential oils. Each essential oil benefits the body in different ways. The most important thing when working with essentials oils is making sure you are using oils that are legitimate. Once I’m satisfied with what I”ve made, I pull the drawstring to make sure the contents are secured and shake it all up - making sure all of my components are combined.
Enjoying bath teas are absolutely my favorite part of the process. There are a few ways to do that. One way is hanging the tea over your faucet while the warm/hot water fills your tub. Another way is letting the muslin bag be submerged in the water with you as you soak. If you are really wanting to see those botanical in action in the water, you can also release the contents in the water - just be ready for a little clean us afterwards. If you’d like to reuse your bag again, clean up is easy. Dispose of the used botanicals and give your bag a good rinse. You can let the bags air dry or throw them in the washing machine with the rest of your laundry. They will be good as new in no time.
This isn’t your platinum facial mask treatment, but you will feel just as luxurious when you soak all your problems away with your custom bath tea. It’s not only inexpensive, but it’s also something you can do with your friends. I’ve hosted a number of ladies night titled “Bath Teas and Bubbly” where a group of your favorite friends get together and create custom blended bath teas, enjoy small bites, sip delicious wines and have the best time. In fact, we’ve had so much fun that I had to spread that love and offer this to everyone. A bath tea party is an elevated twist to your self-care get-together. If you’d like more info on how I throw these events or if you’d like to host one for yourself (no pressure), check it out here. Need more self-care tips? I have plenty more to share on my previous post What I Learned Telling My Truth on HERStory Podcast.
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