Art by Rebecca Barkley
A few years back I handmade all my Christmas gifts and for my sister I made some bath tea. It’s a sweet little idea that I’d been meaning to write about in detail and I’ve finally remembered to actually do it. These little bags of goodness are made to soak in the bath with you to infuse the lovely scents while preventing little bits of dried flowers and what not sticking to your butt.
You can create your own custom recipe and have fun experimenting along the way. The key is to place all the ingredients into a little bag or puch so it can infuse the bath and release the scented goodness just like a tea bag would.
A bag or pouch – I made my own using a muslin wrap I no longer needed. I cut out rectangles and sewed along each edge leaving one side open to insert the ingredients, before adding the ‘tea bag string’ and sewing it shut. This is for a single use but you could leave an edge open and tie shut so it could be rinsed and reused.
For the bags pictured I used the following ingredients:
Note: The milk powder and bi-carb soda was fine enough to come through the muslin fabric. Perhaps a thicker fabric would work better. I kept this in mind when decorating and made sure to wrap the bag to prevent too much powdery leakage when gifted.
Epsom salts would be a great additive too for a relaxing bath, great for sore muscles.
All the dried plants came from my own garden, and you could really play around with this part and try adding all sorts of dried flowers, herbs or even fruit peel.
Essential oils give a scented boost and will ensure a strong aroma in your bath, not to mention of course the added benefits of aromatherapy.
Using materials I had in my trusty craft drawers I wrapped each bag with some recycled brown kraft paper and put a hole in the top with a hole punch. Then I neatly wrapped around the string from the bag and taped it down. On the computer I designed some fancy looking labels, simply printed them out snd used double sided tape to attach.
There are two ways to use these. If you have a string attached you can hang them from the tap as you fill your bath to infuse. Or, place the bag/pouch into a bowl and add hot water. Infuse the bag in the hot water until your bath is ready, then add to the bath.