Christmas is nearly upon us and one of the things I like to do is try and make some handmade presents to give to members of my family. Nothing beats a homemade gift in my opinion, so much time and effort goes into that one present that it simply oozes with love!
So for the ladies in my family I wanted to create a special bath time treat, something to help them relax after a long day and get them ready for bedtime. These herbal bath ‘tea bags’ are so simple and easy to make but they will do wonders for the body and mind. I’ve mixed epsom salts with two relaxing herbs to create a mixture that will relieve stress, aching muscles and help with sleep.
Epsom salts: Help to relieve muscle tension, pain and inflammation of joints as well as headaches, stomach cramps and stress.
Lavender: Is good for treating insomnia, depression, anxiety and restlessness. In fact a recent study discovered that the scent of lavender increases the time spent in deep sleep so a few drops of the pure oil on your pillow will help if you are having trouble sleeping.
Chamomile: Reduces stress, anxiety and helps treat insomnia. It also relaxes muscles reducing tension and helps to soothe an upset stomach.
I have a new found interest in herbs and natural remedies after picking up one of my favourite books ‘The Handmade Apothecary’ by Kim Walker and Vicky Chown in a shop earlier this year (https://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?productId=688428) There’s so many different remedies that can be found in the garden and I find it all so fascinating. One of the things I do every morning is drink a cup of hot chamomile tea, it helps to ease stress and anxiety and it tastes really nice too!
Of course there’s so many different ways that herbs can help you but these simple ‘tea bags’ placed in the bath will let the body soak up all the goodness and the heavenly scent will create a relaxing atmosphere. Here’s how to make them…
How to make herbal bath ‘tea bags’:
- 4 cups of epsom salts.
- 1 cup of dried lavender buds.
- 1 cup of dried chamomile flowers.
- 16 drops of pure essential lavender oil.
- 9 muslin fabric bags and twine to tie.
Pour your epsom salts into a bowl and mix with the lavender oil. Stir in the cups of dried lavender and chamomile so that all the ingredients have blended together nicely. Use a spoon and transfer the mixture into individual fabric bags and tie the tops securely. If you are making these as gifts in advance place into an airtight jar and then package them up nearer the date, or simply label up the jar and use as packaging!
Alternatively you can make separate chamomile and lavender bags or use different herbs and dried flowers to create different scents.
Place in a running bath or hang from the tap and enjoy.
You can reuse the bags, simply empty the herbs out, wash and refill! P.s Don’t forget to pop a recipe card into the jar to show people how to make more.
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