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Homemade bath tea and shower body scrub pods

Gift giving can be a tricky business. It’s hard to get it right sometimes, especially for people we don’t know very well. I’ve always loved bath tea bags and think they make beautiful, easy and affordable homemade gifts, but what if someone doesn’t have a bath or doesn’t like baths? Last year a did a whole lot of homemade gifts, but I steered away from any bath ones.

These bath tea bags are also lovely body scrub pods too. People can use the little parcels of goodness in the shower as well, just by rubbing damp skin in gentle circles and they still get all the relaxing benefits. Everyone is happy.

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Epsom salts are my favourite salt, because of all the studies showing the various benefits of magnesium relaxing the muscles, but sea and Himalayan salts are good too. You can read more about the benefits of Epsom salts here.Homemade bath and shower gifts | Blah Blah Magazine

When making these as gifts I tend to think lavender and chamomile are wonderful all rounders for fragrance and relaxation. Although, peppermint tea or dried orange or lemon zests are lovely invigorating options as well. The main thing is to use dried herbs and keep the stored mixture dry. We keep a big sealed jar of bath tea at home for our own baths too, this means we can make the bags up at the last minute if need be.Homemade bath and shower gifts | Blah Blah Magazine

The essential oils are optional, but I love to put a few drops in at the end so that the fragrance works its magic as soon as the person opens the gift.Homemade bath and shower gifts | Blah Blah Magazine

A coarser muslin tends to work better for scrubbing the body, but I just used our left over muslin baby wraps.


I’d love to hear your ideas for good all rounder gifts in the comments below.

Relaxing bath tea and body scrub pods
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  1. 2 cups Epsom salts
  2. 2 tablespoons of dried lavender
  3. 2 tablespoons of chamomile tea
  4. 2 drops lavender essential oil
  5. 2 drops chamomile essential oil
  6. Coarse muslin
  7. String
  1. Mix the salt and dried herbs together (keep a jar for you to use at home, there’s no need to give it all away!)
  2. Add the drops of essential oils if you’re using them and mix well.
  3. Cut squares of muslin.
  4. Scoop two tablespoons of the mixture into the middle of the muslin squares.
  5. Tie the bundles up with string
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  1. This is so beautiful Bele, I especially love that you’ve recycled muslin wraps to make them.

  2. i love these Bele – what a gorgeous gift to make for someone. I think I may have to do something very similar for my neighbour gifts this year! xx

  3. I love these so much I would love them for myself. Looks like I will be going out and making them for the special people in my life. Great idea and thank you so much for the inspiration. V x

    • I have a pot of the mix ready at home and I don’t always worry about the muslin for me, as I don’t mind a bit of flowery floaty bits, but it does mean trying to catch them before they go down the drain x

  4. This is such a lovely idea for a gift, I absolutely love lavender so these little pods sound like bath heaven to me 🙂

  5. These look glorious – simple, beautiful and useful! I’m a massive fan of Epsom Salts, and often use soak in them after a run. This takes them to a whole new level. I often steer clear of homemade gifts because a) I’m not crafty and b) I’m lazy but I really think I could give these a go (even if I only give them to myself :)! )

  6. I love these Bele what a cracker idea for Christmas gifts and my little guy could help too. Love it! x

  7. I haven’t used Epsom salts in ages. Will need to do something about that! Thanks for the great idea in recycling muslin wraps. I have so many! x

  8. There is nothing like receiving a homemade gift and the joy of the giver is priceless too.

  9. Hi Bele, it was lovely meeting you on Wednesday at the Jordan’s breakfast. I love your site!

  10. What size do I cut the muslin squares?

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