Herbal Bath & Shower Bags: {Recipes & How-To}

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Bath sachets (also known as bath tea) make a lovely, luxurious soak that can be beneficial to skin, ease stress and help soothe aches and pains.

IngredientsThey’re similar to Shower Spa Bags (details at bottom of page) except these steep in the tub, making a luxurious soak. If some tender therapy is needed to ease sore feet, you can try these foot soaks.

Basic Instructions:

Make drawstring pouches out of cheesecloth, organza or muslin, enough to hold anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of a favorite herbal mix. Tie them tightly shut so the loose ingredients won’t float out. After use the contents can be emptied, the pouches rinsed out then washed to be refilled and reused.

Preparation:

  • Two ways these can be enjoyed, either hang them on the tap while the hot water is running, making sure the water is running through them. Once the tub is filled, let them float around.
  • Infusion Method: Boil a quart of water, turn off heat, add pouch, cover, then steep (for at least 20 minutes for best results). Add the piping hot infusion (and the bag) to a full tub, being careful while pouring to avoid burning yourself.

    Note: Do not steep in an aluminum pot.

How about some nice teas? These amounts will make a batch at a time to be stored in an airtight container until needed. For convenience, fill up drawstring pouches then store.

Basic Starter:

1 1/2 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/8 cup baking soda
2 TBS cornstarch

  • This is the base and add whatever dried flowers and herbs are preferred.

Heavenly:

  • 1/2 cup lavender
  • 1 cup Epsom Salts

Floral Deluxe:

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup lavender

Splendor:

  • 1/2 cup powdered milk (or the starter recipe above)
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup lavender

Soothing Mix:

  • 1/2 cup Oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup Rosemary
  • 1/4 cup Chamomile (tea is fine)

Chamomile Brew:

  • 1/2 cup each: Epsom salt, lavender, chamomile

Splendor Blend:

  • 1/2 cup each: thyme, sage, lavender, mint, bay leaves, rosemary

Soother:

  • 1/2 cup each: Lavender, Rose Petals, Sage, Rosemary

Basil Blend:

  • 1/2 cup rosemary
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 1 cup oatmeal

Bonus Idea: Also add 1/2 cup of honey to the tub while the water is running. Or mix the starter with honey.

Prefer something for the shower? Start the day with a pampered feeling by filling a cloth pouch with the ingredients below then use them to scrub and exfoliate.

Details: *First published March 19, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization

  • The fabric can be muslin, handkerchiefs, cheesecloth, or even strips of nylon pantyhose cut to size then knotted at both ends (good for repurposing ruined nylons).
  • Tie the end securely closed with a rubber band.
  • Size them to fit the palm of your hand. Fill as full or as loosely as you like.

Ingredients:

2 parts coarse oatmeal
2 parts mixed dried herbs
1 part grated soap

Tip:

  • Make a batch ahead of time, just store in an airtight container.

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Published: October 17, 2007
Updated: September 21, 2012

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6 Comments to “Herbal Bath & Shower Bags: {Recipes & How-To}”
  1. Courtney says:

    I am making these for a few of my girlfriends for Christmas this year. Today I made my first batch, and held back one bag for myself. It’s steeping right now. Thrilled to try it out, it smells soooo amazing. Also, I’ve looked around online and seen several spa supply companies sell the same thing for mega bucks! 32 bag set with lavender and chamomile for $130?! Wow!

  2. Kaylee says:

    This is amazing. I used Apple and Cinnamon oatmeal, and it smells delgihtful!Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  3. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much! I have dried lavender from the summer and this is exactly what I wanted to do! Just didn’t know how. So glad I found this website!!!

  4. D'Arylan says:

    So excited about finding this site. Thank you!!!
    Question. To the basic starter do I add lavender and more Epsom salts for the heavenly recipe or just the salts and lav on its own?

  5. Bella says:

    I made bath salts with baking sida once that blew the cork off! It was a lot of pressure! Wouldn’t that happen if you stored these sachets in an airtight container?

  6. Beth says:

    Have any of you found any more shower recipes? I’d love to be able to just set a tea bag in there with me, and I’d love to be able to pick from a variety of blends/mixes so I can pick the tea bag that fits with what I need that day. There are a ton of bath tea bags, do any of you know if I could just use those in the shower or will they not have the same effect? Thank you!


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