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I’ve admitted many times that one of my favorite things to do is to relax in a warm bath with a good soak and good book. One of my favorite bath soaks to use is this Green Tea & Peppermint bath soak. It’s so quick to mix up that I really can’t see a need to buy anything close to it at the store and in truth? I really can’t buy anything that compares to it at the store. Bath salts purchased the local bath and body store contain ingredients that really just aren’t necessary whereas with this homemade soak, I know exactly what is going into the jar and what I’m allowing to be put into my bath.
Aside from the chemicals though is the cost. To get a really good quality soak at the store that will actually do what you want it to, you’re going to pay three or four times what you will pay for several batches of this one! No more crazy expensive beauty products at my house because homemade ones like this bad boy have taken over and I’m SO glad they haveThe best thing about this DIY though? It allows you to change up the essential oil to get whatever effect you desire! Peppermint or Orange are energizing, Chamomile and Lavender for calming, Rose and Sandalwood are relaxing and sensual. You could make up several different batches to create a very nice gift basket that will suit the mood of whoever you’re gifting to!
Homemade Green Tea & Peppermint Bath Soak
Now let’s talk about the health benefits of this particular recipe. Green Tea has antiseptic and antioxidant properties which makes it great for soothing irritated skin. Epsom salt has long been known to relax tired, aching muscles as well as reducing swelling and the ability to draw toxins from your body. There are over 80 minerals in sea salt that are good for nourishing the body, increasing blood circulation, and promoting your body’s natural detox process. Peppermint for aromatherapy is an invigorating scent and can help alleviate headaches. Those benefits alone make this particular soak one that everyone should have in their bathroom!
The recipe below is specifically for the green tea & peppermint bath soak, but it makes a fantastic base for any soak. Just use the oils I mentioned above and the recipe exactly as is. Replace the peppermint with the oil you’re using and you’re golden!
You Will Need:
- 3 cups Epsom salt
- 1 cup finely ground sea salt
- 3 Tbsp loose green tea or 9 green tea bags
- 4-6 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 6-8 drops Fractionated coconut oil or Almond Oil
Combine the 3 cups of Epsom salt and the 1 cup of sea salt in a medium mixing bowl and stir well to make sure they’re fully mixed.
If you’re using green tea bags, cut them open to remove the tea. Add the tea to the salt mixture and stir again to make sure they’re mixed very well. You want to be sure that you have a pretty even distribution of the tea.
Add the peppermint oil and either the coconut or almond oil and stir it well to combine. If you’re skin is dry, use the coconut oil. If your skin is oily, go with the almond oil. You can use a bit more than called for if it doesn’t go far enough, but you shouldn’t have to when you’re adding the essential oil to it as well.
Stir very well to make sure the oils get distributed.
When mixed well, cover with a paper or kitchen towel and let sit for an hour or so to absorb the scent and oil.
Store in an airtight container in a dry place.
That’s it! See how easy that was?! To use, scoop ½ cup to 1 cup into a warm bath, grab a good book and enjoy your soak!
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