Soaking in a hot bath is a great way to relax and ease sore muscles, especially during the cold winter months. Unfortunately, many conventional bath products like bubble bath and bath bombs contain unwanted ingredients like parabens, artificial scents, dyes, alcohol, and phthalates. These can be incredibly irritating to the body and trigger imbalances.
It’s always better to choose products that are made from natural ingredients, especially when it comes to your skin and body. So carve out some “me time” and try making this DIY bath tea recipe courtesy of professional Aromatherapist, Amy Galper. It’s 100% natural and made from a soothing and aromatic blend of dead sea salt, lavender flowers, rose petals, and essential oils that are great for sensitive skin.
Aromatic Bath Tea Recipe
- Large tea bags
- 2 mixing bowls
- 1 small whisk
- 4 tablespoons of dead sea salt or sea salt
- 1 tablespoon of dried lavender flowers
- 1 tablespoon of dried rose petals
- 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
- 8 drops of orange essential oil
- 3 drops of geranium essential oil
- 1 drop of ylang ylang essential oil
- Blend jojoba and essential oils together in a small bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix sea salt and dried herbs together.
- Add jojoba oil and essential oil blend to the dried mix and toss.
- Fill a large tea bag with the mixture and pull the drawstrings to close.
- Add to a bath with warm water, soak, and enjoy!
A breakdown of each ingredient and why we are using it in this recipe:
Dead Sea Salt
Dead Sea salt has been used for centuries to soothe the skin. Ancient Egyptians used it regularly in bathing rituals and today you’ll find it in many natural body scrubs and soaps. It’s made up of salt and mineral deposits extracted from the Dead Sea and has a very unique composition that includes high levels of magnesium, which can soothe dry or irritated skin.
Lavender flowers contain essential oil that is calming to both the mind and body when inhaled and applied topically. By adding lavender flowers to a hot bath it helps to bring out its aromatic scent and the essential oils which can promote an overall feeling of tranquility.
Like lavender flowers, rose petals contain rose oil, which when added to a bath can help uplift the mood and ease sensitive or itchy skin. Plus, rose petals have a lovely floral scent.
Extracted from the nuts of the jojoba tree, jojoba oil contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids that can help soothe and moisturize skin. It also has a chemical composition that is very similar to our skin’s natural oil makeup, which means it’s good at balancing oil levels.
Orange Essential Oil
The sweet citrusy scent of orange essential oil is uplifting and calming on the mind. It also contains limonene, a chemical component that is known for soothing irritated or dry skin, which is ideal during the winter months.
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium essential oil is derived from the geranium plant, a member of the geraniaceae family that is native to South Africa. When used topically it can help relieve itchiness and cleanse the skin, and can also boost the mood when inhaled.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Made by steam-distilling ylang ylang flowers from the canaga tree, ylang ylang essential oil has a deep floral scent that is slightly sweet. It contains linalool, which is a compound that has been linked to aiding in the treatment of certain infections and minor cuts or scrapes.
Make this recipe the next time you have a bath to let your worries drift away and your body relax. We promise you won’t regret it! To learn more ways you can soothe the body, mind, and spirit with essential oils, take a look at this article: Get to Know Lavender Essential Oil.