Baths with a sachet of fragrant herbs are a much needed healing ritual during the cold and demanding weeks of winter.
A muslin baggie can be filled with a combination of dried herbs, oatmeal, clay, salts, and (if desired) essential oils, for an easy to give, easy to use, luxury bathing treat.
Dried herbs to consider:
Mint, Chamomile, Lavender, Roses, Sage, Rosemary, Basil, Bee Balm, Comfrey, or Pine needles.
Kitchen Items to consider:
Slippery Flax seed,
Powdered milk (keep in mind proper storage if giving away as a gift)
Epsom Salts are an excellent addition. They are easy to find and relatively inexpensive. Epsom Salt/Herb bath teas are a welcome gift for athletes!
And if you're into essential oils, you can mix drops into a large bowl of your tub tea ingredients. Just be sure to use oils that are high quality, and not going to be irritating. Remember they are fat-soluble (not water soluble) so they won't distribute in the bathwater very well. Powdered whole milk will help.
EO's like Cinnamon, Birch, Ginger, and Clove should be avoided in the bath teas for gifts as they will penetrate the skin with more vigor as the hot water both vaporizes the oil and opens the pores of our skin. Use the dried spices instead.
When all is happy-happy in a bowl together, scoop into the muslin baggies and pack them up for presents!! (Make sure you make one for your own stash, too ;)
To Use: Simply plop a baggie into the tub and it will infuse while the bath is filling. Use as a wash pouch if it's not scratchy.