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The One Hack Everyone Is Trying With Tea

An amazing new way to soak in the wellness benefits of tea.
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From increased immunity to greater bone strength, you already know that drinking tea can be good for you. But while you're used to putting it in your cup, some devo-teas (catch that?) are dropping tea in the bath. Check out what makes bath tea so blissfully therapeutic… and how you can try this tub tonic yourself.

Bath teas are a new wellness trend that people are experimenting with, according to Shape. What are bath teas? They say: "Bath teas (aka tub teas) are exactly what they sound like—tea sachets filled with herbs, flowers, oats, and Epsom salt that are added to warm bath water."

Aromatherapy lovers know herbs like lavender, chamomile, jasmine and eucalyptus truly can fill the senses to calm the body and mind, while for decades oatmeal has been shown to soothe some trouble skin conditions. Plus, some medical professionals recommend an Epsom salts soak to aid everything from some infections to achy muscles, and even following childbirth.

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Well known brands are now making bath teas featuring ingredients like green tea and lavender. However, with consumer advocacy organizations like the Environmental Working Group calling out the safety of some ingredients (yes, including in oatmeal): If you want to be totally sure of the ingredients in your bath tea, it could be worth crafting a formula yourself.

Shape suggests starting with an eco-friendly tea filter bag or a reusable fabric bag (basic cheese cloth might also be a great option). Then fill it with the wellness ingredients you please—think loose tea, flower petals, herbs, citrus peel, cinnamon… you get the idea. (Brainstorming your bath tea fillers is a kind of treat in itself, right?) Then add a spoonful or two of colloidal oats, and the same with some Epsom salts. Pull the drawstring or tie it up with a cotton string, and drop it in a nice, hot bath.

We should point out that if you're prone to urinary-related infections or sensitive to bath products in general, then you may want to chat with your healthcare provider before you give tub tea a try. But for anyone who feels pretty safe with herbs and Epsom salts, this could be a super fun way to relax.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more
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