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What Is A Bath Tea?

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When i first started my course, the one thing i was interested in doing was Bath Teas, why? i hear you ask, well, even though i make all my products using natural ingredients, I still found that people were allergic to certain things, we actually use, even though they are natural and food grade, for example: Citric Acid, which you find in citrus fruits, its also in certain foods and sweets, as it adds sharpness, but i use in in my skin care products as it is a very good pH balancer, but it also makes our bath bombs, bath fizzes and bath truffles fizz, but i have found a couple of our customers are allergic, which means there are only a hand full of things they can use, like our soaps, balms & body butters. So i wanted to make a bath product which they could use and enjoy without any of the worry, and i thought bath teas would be the perfect alternative. 

So whats in a Bath Tea...... Lets take our Relaxing Bath Tea for example, that is made with Lavender, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Catnip, Oats & Epsom Salts. We can also make it without the oats for those people who have Gluten allergies. I have broken down the different ingredients to give you an insight to why i they were chosen.

Epsom salts 

Epsom Salts when dissolved in warm water are easily absorbed through the skin where they immediately go to work inside our bodies. The magnesium ions break apart from Epsom salt molecules and begin to relieve stress by promoting the production of serotonin and reducing the effects of adrenaline. Magnesium also plays a critical role in the production of energy in cells, helping us to feel invigorated without causing feelings of restlessness or anxiety.


Several Studies support the role of Colloidal Oatmeal for both cleansing and moisturising the skin, as they helped to reduce the itching in various skin disorders, such as eczema, dermatitis and fungal infections. The use of oats has also shown the probability that in certain circumstances people were able to reduce the amount of steroids they used.  


Lavender is largely recognised today for its calming and soothing effects. There is also evidence that it may slow the activity of the nervous system and therefore promote relaxation, improve sleep quality and bring about emotional balance. Lavender’s calming effect on the nervous system has also made it a valuable herbal remedy for the treatment of insomnia. 


Chamomile is another well known plant to help calm and soothe, it is used in the making of many herbal remedies for the treatment of a variety of illnesses. But like Lavender it has a great relaxing action on the nervous system and the digestive system. The herbal remedies made from this plant are considered to be a perfect remedy for the treatment of disorders affecting babies and children. The main action of the chamomile is that it brings about relaxation in all the smooth muscles throughout the body of an individual.


Many people laugh when they see this as an ingredient in our Relaxing Bath Tea, mainly because of it euphoric effect on cats, but what many people dont know is, that it may not affect people in the same way, but it does help in aiding relaxation. Catnip is also used as a muscle relaxant and mild sedative, which is why it is often used to relieve the pain of headaches (especially tension headaches) and migraines. This also explains its use to combat insomnia and other sleep disorders. Because of the herb’s mild sedative effect it has recently been proposed for use in the treatment of ADHD (hyperactivity) in children.

Lemon Balm

The volatile oils found in the lemon balm have a relaxing effect on the muscles, and the main compound that soothes and calms the nervous system is also the oil. Research conducted on the herb supports this view, and the ability of the melissa herb to ease such actions, like the states of excitability, heart palpitations as well as depression, and headaches, was also noticed.

We also do 3 other Bath Tea's;

Sleepy Time, which contains: Lavender, Hops, Catnip, Lemon Verbena, Oats & Epsom Salts

Floral, which contains: Rose, Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Oats & Epsom Salts.

Soothing: which contains, Buttermilk, Oats & Epsom Salts.

If you would like to know more about these others, please let me know, but i will be uploading the information files over time.

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