|Did you know you can use Chamomile Tea in your bath? And you gain many healthy benefits. Not only is this a relaxing option, but chamomile is very good for your skin. Read on to learn more.
How Do You Make a Chamomile Tea Bath?
You can buy products that contain chamomile, (insert photo, maybe from Thrive market?) or you can make your own with two ingredients, 3-4 chamomile tea bags, and a cup of epsom salts. You simply add the ingredients to the bath water, and soak! Make sure the epsom salts are completely dissolved.
Or you can forget the epsom salts and simply use the tea bags. You can steep them ahead in boiling water, let the water cool, and then pour the chamomile tea in the water.
You can hang the bag on a handle if you are using a long stringed bag, or let it simply float in the water. You can use a premade tea bag or make your own with muslin or a loose woven bag.
Here’s the sweetest woman showing you how to make your own herbal tea bags.
Tea Baths Benefits
Most of us are familiar with the relaxing properties of chamomile. This is due to the chemical compound apigenin. This affects the brain to calm down. Because of this, simply soaking in a bath infused with chamomile can provide a calming and peaceful state of mind.
While bathing in it will not have the same effects as drinking it, it will have benefits to your skin.
Chamomile contains antioxidants which protect cells. As far as your skin is concerned, this can reduce inflammation and soften the skin. This is especially true for irritated and sensitive skin.
It also contains antibacterial properties, enhancing healing, and even minimizing marks and scrapes. This also applies to itchy skin conditions, as it can relieve the itchiness. One study reported that there has been some support that chamomile can treat eczema.
In fact this flower is so soothing, you can apply the tea directly to your skin for issues like itchiness and irritation.
Great For Sitz Bath!
A sitz bath is recommended for irritating conditions like hemorrhoids, or infections in the perineum part of our body. So if you don’t want to have a full bath, a sitz bath with some chamomile tea added can be very soothing.
How Much Chamomile Should I Put in My Bath?
Most recommendations say to use 3 – 4 bags for a bath. For a baby’s bath, it is recommended you steep one tea bag in a cup of boiled water, and of course let it cool. From this we can infer that a chamomile tea bath is safe for babies!
An added plus from bathing in Chamomile Tea is that you don’t have to rinse it off. The properties of the tea soothe and soften your skin so you don’t want to rub that off. Pat yourself dry to maintain as many benefits as possible.
Will a Tea Bag Stain My Tub?
Though most teas will not stain your tub, especially those made from flowers like chamomile, there is always a possibility. One way to find out before you try it in your bathtub is to make it in a cup and see if it stains.
My Mom was a tea drinker and I know that her tea stained her cups. But it really depends on the type, so try my suggestion above.
If you do end up with a stain, a gentle cleanser like white vinegar in water will remove it.
Are There Side Effects to a Chamomile Tea Bath?
Firstly, there can be some side effects with chamomile tea touching the skin. If a person is allergic to any flower in the daisy family, then they should stay away from chamomile tea and chamomile tea baths.
Furthermore, although if you are bathing in it, you are not ingesting it, people with asthma may want to be cautious. The flower can cause breathing difficulties in certain people, so be careful if you are asthmatic.
Chamomile tea, when ingested, is also a blood thinner. I wasn’t able to find any research that states a bath in chamomile may affect your blood, but just to be cautious I recommend you talk with your doctor.
I also read that it can irritate the eyes, so be careful when washing your face.
Want To Purchase?
I found Mountain Rose Herbs in my search for quality products for your bath. Their products are organic and seem to be carefully processed. They sell the chamomile flowers, as well as the cotton muslin bags to steep the flowers in. You can use these links to check out the products on their website. Chamomile Flowers Cotton Muslin Bags
I do not receive any referral fees if you use these links. I just wanted to recommend a company that I feel pretty good about.
Ready made products that I researched seemed to only have the chamomile fragrance, which I doubt would give you the benefits of the flower infusion. However, I found Chamomile Infused Bath and Body Oil at Walmart, pictured here.
If you purchase this product from the link I do receive a small referral.
I also recommend other products for itchy skin in my post Best Bath Products for Itchy Skin.
What are your thoughts about chamomile for your bath? Have you tried it? Your comments would be helpful to all of us. Also, if you have any questions, leave them below. I would love to learn more myself!