Thursday, November 12, 2020

Calming and Aromatic Lavender Tub Tea for an At-Home Spa Day


Holding a hot cup of tea between the hands and inhaling the aromatic steam can be immensely calming.  Have you ever wished you could climb into the cup and soak in the warm, fragrant liquid?  Maybe you haven't, but just imagine... doesn't that sound amazing!  It is.

As incredible as it sounds, you can make a huge cup of tea and slide into its cozy depths — in the bathtub!  The soothing bathing qualities of oats are enhanced by the addition of our organic lavender buds and a blend of natural, aromatic herbs to create a luxurious Lavender Tub Tea that is easy to make at home.

Calming and Aromatic Lavender Tub Tea for an At-Home Spa Day

How to Make Lavender Tub Tea

Makes 15 - 1/2 cup sachet bags

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Organic Lavender Buds
  • 2 cups uncooked Quick Oats
  • 1/2 cup dried Nettles
  • 1/2 cup dried Rosemary
  • 1 cup dried Chamomile Flowers
  • 1/2 cup dried Mint 
If dried herbals aren't readily available from your garden, they can usually be obtained from your local natural food store, or from an online herb purveyor.  We can, of course, supply you Organic Lavender Buds straight from our fields on San Juan Island, WA!  One of our 1/4 lb bulk bags of lavender will provide you just enough for this recipe.
 
Calming and Aromatic Lavender Tub Tea for an At-Home Spa Day 
 

Supplies:

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Fabric Bags
Loose weave fabric will work best to contain the Lavender Tub Tea while bathing.  We don't recommend adding it loose to the bath as the plant material will be difficult to clean up and may clog drains.  Muslin, cheesecloth and organza all work well.  It's relatively easy to find small, drawstring sachet or favor bags at craft stores, party supply stores and online.  Or, make your own!  They don't have to be very big — 4 inches x 5 inches is usually plenty to allow the water to penetrate the contents thoroughly.
 

Step 1 - Prepare and mix your ingredients

 
All the dried herbs should be similarly sized.  If needed, tear the nettle and mint leaves so they are closer in size to the chamomile flowers and, if needed, coarsely chop up the rosemary.  Be sure to remove large stems.  A few small bits of stem won't make a difference, however.

Once you have prepared your ingredients, combine and thoroughly mix them in a large bowl.

Calming and Aromatic Lavender Tub Tea for an At-Home Spa Day

Calming and Aromatic Lavender Tub Tea for an At-Home Spa Day
 
Calming and Aromatic Lavender Tub Tea for an At-Home Spa Day
 

Step 2 - Fill the sachet bags

With a generous 1/2 cup, fill each of your sachet bags and secure them tightly using the drawstrings if you purchased bags or with a bit of twine or ribbon for your homemade bags.  The bag shouldn't be packed tightly.  Just like a tea bag, the hot water needs to be able to easily soak through the herbals to steep properly.

Calming and Aromatic Lavender Tub Tea for an At-Home Spa Day

Calming and Aromatic Lavender Tub Tea for an At-Home Spa Day
 
If you don't wish to bag up the entire recipe, you can decant the remaining bulk mix of herbs and oats into a sealed container.  It will keep for several months if kept in a cool, dry place.

Calming and Aromatic Lavender Tub Tea for an At-Home Spa Day   Calming and Aromatic Lavender Tub Tea for an At-Home Spa Day

 

Step 3 - Presentation

 
For at-home use, an ideal way to store your Lavender Tub Tea sachets is in a large glass or acrylic jar or canister.  They can look quite attractive on a bathroom shelf or on the edge of the bathtub with your other favorite bathing adjuncts

A few sachets of Lavender Tub Tea also make a lovely gift to spoil a loved one.  Packaged in a recycled gift box or basket with a lavender candle and even a natural sponge or loofah, you'll have a thoughtful gift ready to promote calm and relaxation.  

Calming and Aromatic Lavender Tub Tea for an At-Home Spa Day

To use, drop a sachet bag into bath while filling the tub with hot water and then relax as you lie in the bath and a breathe in the wonderful aromas.
 
Handmade gifts crafted with a loved one in mind are always extra special.  Whether as a treat for yourself or to spoil someone else, a soothing, aromatic soak is an hour well-spent!

And, if you like honey with your tea, might we suggest a moisturizing and gentle exfoliating Lavender Honey Oat Scrub to enhance your at-home spa experience.

2 comments:

  1. Love lavender, love Friday Harbor, love Pelindaba. I have always lived in Texas, but never enjoyed this place. Maybe I will move to the San Juan Islands and work at the lavender farm. In the meantime, I'll make this soothing, aromatic soak then put it in the tub, climb in and take a hot bath and pretend I am living in that beautiful place!
    Sally From Dallas

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    1. What sweet remarks! Thank you Sally! Do let us know how your soak in Lavender Tub Tea goes. Enjoy!!

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