Here’s a wonderfully soothing bath soak recipe using the healing qualities of burdock, calendula, chamomile, green tea and yerba mate. This is super speedy to prepare and you can even make a batch to store in the fridge ready to use for your next soothing bath time.
I’ve suffered with eczema and allergies all of my life and I have found some wonderful ways with tea to help soothe my inflamed skin and this bath soak recipe helps loads. Of course, everyone is different and some people maybe sensitive or allergic to these ingredients used. Always take caution and do a patch test first. And always seek advice from you healthcare professional.
Is Green Tea Good for a Bath Soak?
Green tea works wonderful topically such as in this bath soak. Green tea has a whole host of health benefits such as helping to eliminate toxins from the body. Green tea contains vitamins and minerals which can aid in softening the skin, especially when applied directly.
If you love this green tea bath soak, you may also love using this Green Tea Infused Oil for Dry Skin.
Is Yerba Mate Good for a Tea Bath Soak?
Yerba mate is also a fabulously good ingredient to use in a bath soak. Just like coffee and tea, Green Yerba Mate contains lots of caffeine and this can be highly beneficial to stimulating the skin when used topically. Coffee scrubs and bath products are very popular and for good reason. Caffeine is known for its circulation boosting properties and when applied, it has the ability to calm irritated skin. It also contains anti cellulite and anti aging properties too. Hooray for yerba mate!
If you are interested in reading more about yerba mate, here’s a recent blog article; What is Yerba Mate and why is it so Popular?
Is Burdock Root Good for a Tea Bath Soak?
Burdock root is known as a cleanser and acts to remove waste from the body and is good to use topically or in this bath soak recipe. Burdock root is also known for its antibiotic properties, and for soothing skin issues such as eczema. In Chinese medicine, burdock root is used to treat hair loss. Burdock contains properties beneficial to growing strong and shiny hair.
Is Calendula Good for a Tea Bath Soak?
Calendula is one of my favourite herbs and I love adding calendula to my teas and into my skincare routine too. Calendula is a great ingredient to use topically and in this green tea bath soak recipe too. Calendula is more commonly known as Marigold flowers, it originally comes from Europe and has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of skin conditions. It contains anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti septic properties. All very important in soothing sensitive skin.
Is Chamomile Good for a Tea Bath Soak?
Chamomile has been used for thousands of years both in teas and topically and is well known for it’s calming and soothing properties. Chamomile is very beneficial to use in this bath soak recipe. The Ancient Egyptians used Chamomile for healing, for cosmetics and for drinking. It was the main ingredient used for preserving pharaohs in the embalming process. Used to treat wounds, scrapes and irritations, its well known for its calming and anti allergenic properties.
If you are interested in reading more about Chamomile, here’s a recent blog article: What are the Benefits of Drinking Chamomile Tea?
Is This Tea Bath Soak Made Using an Infusion or a Decoction?
This bath soak is part decoction and part infusion. An infusion is used to prepare softer parts of the plant such as the leaves and petals. A decoction is used to prepare harder parts of a plant such as the bark or root. However, you aren’t going to be drinking this mixture so if you want to prepare all of the ingredients together for speed, go ahead an throw all the ingredients together and boil together.
Tips for Making my Green Tea and Yerba Mate Bath Soak From Scratch
You can use any type of green tea for this recipe. I like using loose leaf tea as the tea can easily move around and infuse. You can use tea bags, I would recommend cutting open the tea bags.
Just like the green tea, you can use either loose leaf or tea bags of chamomile and yerba mate. If you are using tea bags, cut them open to allow the herbs to properly infuse.
If you would like to make a big batch of bath soak, you can easily store the mixture in the fridge. I like storing the mixture in mason jars ready to use for a soothing bath.
How to Make my Green Tea and Yerba Mate Bath Soak From Scratch
Making this green tea and yerba mate bath soak from scratch couldn’t be easier. First of all you will need to boil the burdock root to release its healing qualities. Next, add the softer herbs, the tea, yerba mate, calendula and chamomile. Allow to infuse before straining out the leaves. Pour into your bath or store in the fridge for your next bath time.
1 Tablespoon Burdock Root
2 Tablespoons Green Tea
2 Tablespoons Green Yerba Mate
1 Tablespoon Calendula
1 Tablespoon Chamomile
Place the burdock root in a saucepan and cover with 2 pints of cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Once the burdock root has been simmering for ten minutes, remove from the heat and add the green tea, yerba mate, calendula and chamomile. Let infuse for a further ten minutes. It is important to keep the mixture covered when boiling, simmering and infusing.
Either strain through a sieve or allow to cool enough to strain through a muslin cloth.
Carefully pour the solution into your warm bath.
Alternatively, the mixture can be prepared and stored for up to 3 days in the fridge to be used another time.
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Green Tea and Yerba Mate Bath Soak
- 1 Tablespoon Burdock Root
- 2 Tablespoons Sencha Green Tea
- 2 Tablespoons Green Yerba Mate
- 1 Tablespoon Calendula
- 1 Tablespoon Camomile
How to cook Green Tea and Yerba Mate Bath Soak
- Place the burdock root in a saucepan and cover with 2 pints of cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Once the burdock root has been simmering for ten minutes, remove from the heat and add the green tea, green yerba mate, calendula and camomile. Let infuse for a further ten minutes. It is important to keep the mixture covered when boiling, simmering and infusing.
- Either strain through a sieve or allow to cool enough to strain through a muslin cloth.
- Carefully pour the solution into your warm bath.
- Alternatively, the mixture can be prepared and stored for up to 3 days in the fridge to be used another time.
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