Herbal Tea Bath DIY
Allow me to tell you about one of my all time favorite past times, HERBAL BATHS!!! Oh how I love the herb baths!
I first became enthralled with herb baths when my son contracted whooping cough. Being an herb advocate I immediately consulted my go to herb book, ran to our local co-op grocery store, and purchased all of the herbs necessary to:
1: support his immune system and
2: not 'treat' the actual bacterial infection. (because the FDA says you can't treat disease with herbs so I assure you there was no treatment and no cure using herbs in my home)
I came home with herbs to support his immune and respiratory systems while his body healed. I started with a pot of tea for him to drink, then preceded to make him a bath using the same respiratory supportive herbs plus herbs to help calm him and encourage sleep. Boy oh boy did that kid sleep. In addition, my entire home smelled amazing! I have been using tea baths regularly ever since simply because it is so much fun and so calming.
Here is your quick 'how to' guide for herbal tea baths. I want to put a disclaimer here... If you have concerns regarding allergies it is best to consult a licensed herbalist before using herbs you are unfamiliar with.
I am VERY relaxed when it comes to herbs. I don't measure anything. I use the amount which feels right to me. I use "some" chamomile, and "some" lavender. I will give approximate measurements but over all most herbs are pretty benign in my experience unless there is an actual allergy to them.
STEP 1: Choose your herbs (I will give a fun relaxing recipe here)
Lavendar ( I use 3 fingers and pinch the herbs out of the bag i suppose its about 2 heaping tablespoons)
(equal parts of each)
STEP 2: Get filtered water simmering in a 2 quart pan
STEP 3: Turn the heat off and let it sit for a few minutes
STEP 4: Add herbs and let sit for about 3- 5 minutes then strain the herbs
STEP 5: Pour the tea in your bath and enjoy (soak for at least 20 minutes)
Feel free to add epsolm salt or magnesium flakes for muscle fatigue and to help with sleep.
Here is a tip for boiling/steeping herbs....this is very important:
Consider the herbs you are using and what it would take to extract the healing elements from them. Roots, for example, are rock hard when dried. They need to sit in boiling water for at least 10 minutes to soften and release their healing qualities. Below is a loose suggestion for heat temperatures and times:
Roots- add to boiling water. Allow them to boil for 5-10 minutes. Then allow to steep for another 10 minutes (or longer) depending on how much time you have and what you are using your tea for. (For whooping cough, I let my herbs sit until the water cooled).
Stems and leaves- Boil water, remove from heat and let it sit for one minute or so, then add herbs and allow to steep for a minimum of 10 minutes. If I have the time I prefer a 20 minute steep time.
Flowers- use hot water. Get the water simmering. Pull from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then add flowers and only steep for a few minutes. Rose, Lavender, Chamomile, are aromatic and when over steeped or steeped in too hot of water you will lose the light sweetness of the petals (just like over brewing black tea makes it become bitter). They are DELICATE. They require, if I had to guess, maybe 120-150 degree water to extract their aroma.
OPTIONAL STEP: I like to use thin cotton cloths to strain my herbs. I tie them up and throw the "herb ball" in the bath with me. I use Gerber diaper flats.
They are 100% cotton, and really inexpensive. After I'm done I throw the herbs in my garden and wash the cloth with my laundry.
If you don't have a bathtub at home, you are always welcome to enjoy a 30 minute steep at East Wellbeing & Tea in San Luis Obispo complete with epsom salts or herbal tinctures by Jadience Herbal Formulas.