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.
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.
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.
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.
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 2 tablespoons of dried lavender
- 2 tablespoons of chamomile tea
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops chamomile essential oil
- Coarse muslin
- 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!)
- Add the drops of essential oils if you’re using them and mix well.
- Cut squares of muslin.
- Scoop two tablespoons of the mixture into the middle of the muslin squares.
- Tie the bundles up with string