Tea is a powerful plant product that has a tonne of benefits. While you may be aware of the benefits of drinking certain teas, did you know that a lot of tea has great skin benefits when applied topically, too?
A great way to use beneficial herbal tea products on your skin is to simply add them to a bath! Just like brewing a cup of tea, the warm steamy water helps the leaves release their vitamins and antioxidants that are so beneficial for our skin. And what better way to try this out for yourself than by making these rose and chamomile tea bath bombs!
There’s definitely a wellness trend where people seem to be coming back to simple and natural, whole ingredients. The great thing about this trend is that a lot of the time, you can grow these yourself or learn how to apply them, without spending exorbitant amounts on products that contain them.
Seeing as I chose rose petals and chamomile tea buds for this DIY, let’s first chat about how great they are for your skin. I’m sure you’ve come across skin and beauty products that have either rose or chamomile in the name, and for good reason.
Chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. When used on the skin, it can help fade spots, scars and fight breakouts. It also has a bunch of antioxidants that are beneficial for our skin and help to soothe skin and help with redness.
Rose buds are a source of vitamins A, E and C which help with hydrating and tightening skin. It can also help in reducing ageing and wrinkles. Not only that, they have therapeutic benefits that can help with relaxation and stress relief. What an amazing flower!
This isn’t the first time I’ve experimented with tea baths – I’ve previously made green tea bath bags, which work kind of like a giant tea bag for the bath. Green tea is also great for use on skin, as you’re probably aware at the range of beauty products you can buy that contain green tea. I even use it when I make my own face masks.
But for now, read on for how to make these rose and chamomile tea bath bombs yourself!
DIY Rose & Chamomile Tea Bath Bombs
You will Need
Looseleaf Chamomile Tea
Dried Rose Buds
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1 cup Arrowroot
1/2 cup salt, such as sea salt, epsom or Himalayan
2 tbsp oil, such as olive, coconut or Argan
Essential oil/scent of your choice (optional)
Food colouring (optional)
Moulds, such as a large ice cube tray
To start, combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, including a small handful of the rose buds and chamomile tea leaves.
Combine the wet ingredients separately, including any scents or colours you want to add. Then slowly add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients, mixing well.
Continue until the mix starts to take on a consistency similar to breadcrumbs. If you pick up some of the mix, you should be able to compress it in your hands and have it stay in shape. Add a little water if you need to, until you get this consistency.
Add a few chamomile or rose leaves into the bottom of your moulds. Then spoon the mix into the moulds, making sure to compress it down. The mix should compact quite a lot, so make sure to use enough force so that the bath bombs will keep their shape once dry.
Leave the bath bombs to dry for around 24 hours, then carefully remove them from the moulds. Store them in an airtight container.
Let me know if you do try these DIY rose & chamomile tea bath bombs, or if you come up with your own flavour combination! There’s so many options when it comes to using tea and flower products in baths.