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How to Make your Own Herbal Bath Sachets and Teas

Updated on January 16, 2016
Fresh or dried herbs can be used to make successful bath teas and sachets.
Fresh or dried herbs can be used to make successful bath teas and sachets. | Source

Herbal bath sachets and teas are easy to make at home and can be used for a variety of applications. These include using them before performing magic spells and rituals, to heal and enhance our well-being, to relieve stress and everyday aches and pains.

Adding loose herbs to your bath water would work fine and is quick and easy for anyone to do at home, however it is not a very practical method. Either you will need to scoop up and remove all of the herb pieces or you will have the problem of them sticking to you and your bath and needing to be removed afterwards. One way to benefit from the many benefits of herbs while avoiding these issues is to use herbal teas and sachets.

Both fresh and dried herbs can be used successfully to make bath teas and sachets. If using dried herbs they can be made up in advance and then used when needed. All dried herbs and mixtures should be stored in a cool place and away from direct sunlight.

Herbal Bath Teas

Herbal bath teas are made in the same way as herb teas that are to be drunk. The chosen herbs are steeped in boiling water for approximately 10-20 minutes before the liquid is strained and reserved. This herb infused water can then be added to bath water. This can be done in several ways: the herbs can be placed directly in the water and then then strained out afterward or alternatively a tea strainer or tea bag can be used and discarded. Empty drawstring tea bags can be purchased online and are idea for this use.

Herbal bath tea infusing in preparation for use.
Herbal bath tea infusing in preparation for use. | Source

Herbal Bath Sachets

These are made by enclosing herbs inside a small piece of cheesecloth or muslin which is then gathered up to form a small pouch and secured with string. These can then be floated in the bath water or hung under the hot tap as the bath is filling. The empty drawstring tea bags can also be used for making bath sachets. Some loose leaf tea infusers and strainers may also be suitable though these can have larger holes that may allow powders and other very small particles to escape so chose with care.

Another possibly would be to sew your own small sachets from muslin, cheesecloth or other similar loose woven fabric. These would be especially nice if you are giving the finished items as a gift and could even be decorated or embellished.

Bath Tea and Sachet Safety

Although you will not be consuming the teas or herbs contained it is still important to think about the safety of your finished product. Herbs and other materials can cause allergic or adverse reactions such as rashes, sneezing, skin soreness or aggravate already existing conditions such as eczema and asthma.

Extra care should be taken with women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, babies and young children and anyone who is elderly or taking prescribed medications or has a diagnosed medical condition. Although natural some herbs can affect how other medications work or are known to cause problems with specific medical conditions. One example of this is spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) which should be avoided by people who have epilepsy as it contains compounds that can trigger seizures in some individuals.

Any sensitivity to herbal bath teas can be tested by steeping the herbs for the required time and then sponging some on to a small area of your skin. People often use the insides of their elbows or the area behind the knees for these types of sensitivity tests. The skin here is protected and therefore more sensitive than places such as the hands and face and so more likely to react to potential irritants and give a more accurate result.

When making items for other people always tell them what ingredients you have used or include a clearly written label.

Recipes for Bath Teas and Sachets

General Instructions

Simply mix all the ingredients together.

To make a bath tea, steep all of the herbs in a mug of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain and pour the liquid into your bath.

To make a sachet, place all the herbs onto a square of cloth. Gather up the cloth edges to create a pouch and tie closed securely with string or ribbon. Float this in bath water or hang under a running tap. If using empty teabags simply fill and pull the drawstrings to close.

Each recipe makes enough for one use. To make larger quantities simple double or triple the ingredients.

Herbal bath sachets can be decorated and given as a thoughtful gift.
Herbal bath sachets can be decorated and given as a thoughtful gift. | Source

Anti-inflammatory tea

1 tsp chamomile
1 tsp alfalfa
¼ tsp ginger
½ tbsp. crushed willow bark

Tea for Aches and Pains

1 tsp chamomile
1 tsp eucalyptus
1 tsp sage
1 tsp comfrey

Stress Relief

1 ½ tsp Epsom salt
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp lavender
1 tsp chamomile

Divination Cleansing Bath

Use this when bathing directly before performing any type of divination.

2 tsp thyme
1 tsp rose petals
1/2 tsp sage
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp of grated lemon rind

Relaxation

1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp lavender
1 tsp rose petals
1 tsp mint

Lavender Oatmeal Tea

1 tsp Epsom salts
1 tsp oatmeal
¼ tsp lavender

© 2014 Claire

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      Claire 3 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      Thank you. I hope that they help you.

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      Christopher 3 years ago from Florida

      This is helpful. I have LOTS of anxiety so I will try some of these. Thank you.