Make herbal tub teas for a soothing bath with no clean up

Soak Your Troubles Away with Homemade Tub Tea

One of my favorite bath projects is tub tea. There is nothing like a warm bath to soothe away all that ails you. Soaking in a herbal bath is luxurious: it softens skin, eases muscle pain, and adds fragrance to the steam. Herbs are wonderful in the bath but they can leave bits and bobs to clean up after the water has drained. The solution? Tub tea! Pack herbs, salts, and other bath time joys into a paper tea filter and you’ve got yourself a mess-free bath.Make herbal tub teas for a soothing bath with no clean up

How to Make Tub Tea

Filling paper tea filters with a skin soothing ingredients like herbs, salts, spices, essential oils is a lovely way to treat yourself. You get to have a heavenly bath, and you won’t be stuck scrubbing up the tub afterward. These tub tea bags also make great gifts if you package them up with a pretty tag. Make herbal tub teas for a soothing bath with no clean up

I love to use what I grow in my herb garden in natural beauty products. Mint, lavender, and flower petals make wonderful additions to a homemade tub tea. However, you don’t have to have a garden to make tub teas. Many of the ingredients can be picked up at a grocery store or online. Make herbal tub teas for a soothing bath with no clean up


First, you will need some Large Paper Tea Filters. I like using paper tea filters because you can pop the whole thing in the compost bin when the bath is finished. You could also use muslin bags, which can be emptied out and reused. Make herbal tub teas for a soothing bath with no clean up

Here are some of the many ingredients you can use to fill your tea bags with:

Make it!

Mix al of the ingredients together and fill each tea bag with a few heaping spoonfuls.Make herbal tub teas for a soothing bath with no clean up

Seal the tea bags by folding the top down 4-5 times and secure with a single staple.Make herbal tub teas for a soothing bath with no clean up

To give tub tea as a gift, pack tea bags into a mason jar or pretty vase and give with these instructions:

Tub tea to the rescue! Add one tea bag to a warm bath. Soak in tea bath for 20 minutes to soothe sore muscles and detoxify.

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. mel mccarthy
    mel mccarthyJanuary 26,13

    Fabulous ideas. I love tub tea, but would never have thought of a couple of those ingredients. Fennel seeds sound marvelous!

  2. Dusty
    DustyJanuary 26,13

    Sorry for the horrible grammar, I’ve just got many things to say about this great post! This is such a fabulous idea!! And I love the comfy rustic style you’ve got goin’ on there. This post is so cute, and very well written. Love the photos!
    Cheers, Dusty.

  3. Jen
    JenJanuary 26,13

    Love this idea!! So excited to try it!

  4. Camille Overmeer
    Camille OvermeerJanuary 26,13

    What did you use to make the bag …interfacing..? or did you buy the bags already made…?

  5. Stevie
    StevieJanuary 26,13

    Camille, I’ve written about and provided a link to the fillable tea tags I’ve used. They are also called filters. Look just up above in the post.

  6. Sue
    SueAugust 9,13

    Thanks for the great idea, these will make really nice add ons for my Christmas baskets

  7. LadyBug PikNik
    LadyBug PikNikAugust 21,13

    If you are not sure of where to find fillable “tea bags”, then do what I do. Go to your local Dollar Store, grocery, etc, and pick up some COFFEE FILTERS. They work great, and can be used in any bathtime. Using the same fold over method and a staple at the top. Just another FYI to help us along

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  9. Sarah
    SarahDecember 21,13

    Do you have any specific recipes including recommended amounts?? Thanks! Love this idea!

  10. Stephanie
    StephanieDecember 22,13

    Hi Sarah, no, just fill as much of the ingredients as you like. They all add benefits to the bath so there are no specific limits. I usually start with a good cup of Epsom salts and add the other salts in smaller amounts, then some milk powder and oatmeal, and a few spoonfuls of herbs.

  11. Angelique
    AngeliqueJanuary 22,14

    I have made a few of these and have used calendula, chamomile, lemon balm, lemon verbena and many of the ingredients listed above. I’ve seen recipes that use oatmeal, hibiscus, thyme, scented geranium, citrus zest and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil per cup of dry ingredients. I grow lots of different types of herbs, so I am also going to try dried lemongrass, licorice mint, cinnamon basil, Vietnamese coriander and a few others. I have several friends that forage and have access to oat straw and wild rose hips too. Ultimately, I would recommend checking out an herb (or essential oils) chart to find like herbs.

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  13. Sarah
    SarahJuly 9,15

    What a brilliant idea!

  14. Angie Rose
    Angie RoseJanuary 22,17

    Hi Stephanie! I absolutely love this. Thanks for the wonderful idea. I have a bunch of dried herbs I’ve saved from last season that I can use! We would love to have you share this over at this week’s Dishing It and Digging It party! Please feel free to join

  15. Larry P. Wiseman
    Larry P. WisemanJanuary 27,17

    This is a great idea! I wonder if you have tried tarragon as a tea bath? I got a lot of tarragon at home. I think this is also good as a facial wash. Although, you have to go easy on the salts I guess. I have not tried one with the salts just the tea. Oh yes! And this would also be great to give as gifts!

  16. Ishrat Hyatt
    Ishrat HyattFebruary 16,17

    Hello all the way from Pakistan! Love your ideas and read Garden Therapy regularly!

  17. Renae
    RenaeMarch 5,17

    I was wondering, do you think that instead of the paper tea bags we could use the reusable tea ball?

  18. The Tiny House Farm
    The Tiny House FarmMay 20,17

    Tub teas make such as nice gift. I really like the long tea bag you have in the photo. We’ve made them with large heat seal tea bags but we have also used coffee filters by sewing them with a quick stitch in a heart shape. The bags you show would be easy to sew up at the top. Great post!

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