Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe
Taking baths with green tea are relaxing, invigorating and extremely beneficial for your body. Making green tea bath bombs are simple and make for thoughtful, unique and fun gifts for any occasion.
Green Tea Skin Care Benefits
Green tea has been used a natural herbal medicine in China for centuries. It is said that is was used in ancient China to even treat depression and relieve headaches. It's many healthy properties also make it a great natural herb for helping to heal and renew the body.
Green tea contains a powerful combination of antioxidants and healthy vitamins. It is naturally antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory, which means it works wonders to help heal cuts and sores on the body.
Green tea contains vitamins A, D, E, B, B5, H and K. In addition, it is a rich source of manganese. Not only that, but green tea is also full of a powerful antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). This antioxidant is much more powerful than vitamin C or vitamin E.
The caffeine contained in green tea may help to reduce the visibility cellulite as well.
Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe
The following recipe calls for green tea leaves. You will re-hydrate the leaves with boiling water and then stir them into the bath bombs. I personally feel that the natural leaves add a beautiful, natural look to the bath bombs. If you choose, you may also use about 1 tablespoon green tea powder instead of the natural leaves.
Yield: About 10 medium sized bath bombs
What You'll Need:
- 1 cup Citric Acid (you can buy it online from Amazon or check the bulk spices, baking or canning aisle at your supermarket)
- 2 cups Baking Soda
- 1 TBSP green tea powder (optional or can replace the tea leaves)
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt or sea salt
- 3 TBSP plant oil (such as almond, jojoba or olive oil)
- Boiling water
- 3 TBSP green tea leaves
- 12 drops essential oil (optional if you want scent)
How to Make Your Bath Bombs:
The most important piece in making bath bombs is to keep the citric acid to baking soda ratio 2:1. Besides that, you have some flexibility you want to put into your bath bombs.
If you haven't already, boil a little bit of water. Take about 1 tsp of boiling water and mix it with the tea leaves to re-hydrate them.
You can also add 1/2-1 cup cornstarch to your bath bombs if you want. It will make the bathwater and your skin feel smoother.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, including the citric acid, baking soda salt and green tea powder if you're using it, and set aside. (Tip: Though I believe not coloring the bath bombs and allowing the green tea leaves to feature looks beautiful, you can color your bath bombs if you choose. Just be sure to choose a water soluble colorant.)
Mix together the liquid ingredients, including the oil, essential oil and liquid food coloring if you're using it.
Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. You don't want your mixture to be too went, nor too dry. You can tell that you have your mixture just right by pressing some of it together and rolling it into a little ball. If it holds together, great! If it's crumbles, add more oil, a few drops at a time, until the mixture holds together when you press it and mold it.
The next step is to mold your bath bombs. You can pretty much use whatever you want in this step, including ice cube shapers, cookie scoopers, cookie cutters, molds or any kind, or by simply rolling the balls by using your hands.
Now lay out the bombs and allow them to dry. This can time some time, maybe 12-24 hours. They will be very hard when they are ready.
Now go enjoy your bath!