You can prepare this delicious, medicinal tea from common culinary spices that are probably already in your kitchen. That’s why I call it a “Kitchen Remedy” tea. It seems all of the culinary spices I keep in my kitchen possess important medicinal properties. In this delightful tasting tea I used Fennel, Aniseed, Thyme, and Ginger. Together these spices make an excellent remedy for coughing and chest congestion or an aid to digestion that provides relief for gas and bloating. For a tour of the medicine in your spice cupboard and more information about each of these herbs, check out my post, Kitchen Remedies: Herbs & Spices for Common Ailments.
BATH THERAPY: DIY HERBAL TUB TEA
Herbal bath therapy is a warming, relaxing way to enjoy the beautiful aroma and therapeutic properties of medicinal herbs. A long luxurious bath filled with the aroma and nourishing properties of medicinal plants is also an invitation to slow down and engage in an act of self-care. During fall and winter months, I love to end my day with this soothing DIY herbal tub tea. I also turn to this luxurious medicine whenever I feel the slightest possibility that I may be coming down with a cold or flu.
HERBS FOR MAKING BATH TUB TEA
There are so many soothing herbs for the bath. The blend you see here contains Lavender, Rose Petals, Chamomile and Lemon Balm and helps promote sleep and relaxation. For more about herbs for sleep, including Lavender and Chamomile, check out this recent post, 5 Herbs & Essential Oils for Sleep. You can choose from a number of different herbs to create a bath tub tea specific to your needs and desires. Some are calming and relaxing, others are soothing to irritated, itchy skin, and others help to prevent or relieve a cold or flu. If you can’t choose from among the many herbal options, I’ve also included some therapeutic combinations below.
CALENDULA | A sunny golden flower soothing to inflamed, irritated, or itchy skin
CHAMOMILE | A sweet smelling, relaxing flower to ease tension and irritability, soothe tight painful muscles, cool sun burn, and provide relieve for inflamed, irritated, and itchy skin
COMFREY LEAF | A dark green leafy herb that helps speed the healing of wounds and broken bones
EUCALYPTUS | An aromatic, sage-colored leaf used to relieve sinus and respiratory congestion that is also stimulating and uplifting to mood
GOTU KOLA | A dark green leafy plant that soothes inflamed skin, speeds wound healing, and calms body, mind, and spirit
LAVENDER| A beautiful, aromatic herb that is relaxing to nervous tension and tight muscles, promotes a good night’s sleep, and soothes inflamed, irritated, and itchy skin
MUGWORT | A fluffy green aromatic herb that is relaxing and detoxifying, helpful for menstrual cramps, and beneficial in the early stages of colds or flu
PEPPERMINT | A rich green aromatic herb that is stimulating and uplifting to mood and also useful for sore, painful muscles and headaches
PLANTAIN | A green, weedy plant with the ability to soothe inflamed, irritated, or itching skin and promote healing of wounds
ROSE PETALS | A beautiful, aromatic flower, soothing to skin that also helps to relieve grief, promote emotional balance, and soothe and open the heart
HERBAL BATH TUB TEA COMBINATIONS
Calming & Relaxing to relieve occasional insomnia Lavender, Chamomile, Rose Petals, and Gotu Kola
Morning Bath to stimulate & awaken Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rose Petals, and Gotu Kola
Itch Relief to calm dry, inflamed or irritated skin Lavender, Chamomile, Plantain, and Calendula
Muscle Melt to relieve sore or tense muscles Peppermint, Lavender, Chamomile, and Comfrey Leaf
Colds or Flu to relieve congestion and inflammation Eucalyptus, Mugwort, Peppermint, and Chamomile
DIY HERBAL TUB TEA BATHING INSTRUCTIONS
1. Choose four herbs from the list above or choose one of the combinations.
2. Combine 1 cup of each herb in a large bowl and mix well.
3. Store in an air-tight container until ready to use. (Makes 4-6 baths)
Spoon 3/4 cup of your herbal bath tub tea blend into a muslin bag or a large square of unbleached cotton muslin. Bring 6—8 cups of water to boil on the stove. Turn off the heat, drop in the herb filled muslin bag, cover, and allow to steep for 20-30 minutes. While the bath blend is steeping, fill the tub. After the herbs have steeped, pour the bath tub tea along with the muslin bag of herbs into the bath. Turn down the lights, light a candle and get in to the bath. Relax, let go, and absorb the aroma and herbal goodness. You can massage your body with the herb-filled bag to release more of the therapeutic compounds in the herb and as a gentle skin exfoliant.
I hope you will allow time in your busy life for some nourishing bath therapy. Which tub tea blends do you look forward to trying? Leave a comment below and tell us or show us your favorites on Instagram with #NectarDIY.
wishing you health and happiness,
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