Would you like to help your children detox from a long day of school and homestead work with a nice, hot bath? Put together these herbal bedtime bath teas to use daily or give as gifts. (Tip: these bath teas are great for the grown ups, too!) Here are three combinations for the best bedtime bath teas from herbs you can purchase or even grow! Don’t forget the FREE printable gift tags at the bottom of the article – they may just have a special coupon inside…
The Importance of Bedtime
Rituals and traditions are vital pillars of family life and even the simplest among them can become important parts of the rhythm of our days. Bath time rituals, especially for young children, are among those important times and should not be overlooked.
Would you like to step away from spending money on chemical-laden bubble baths full of synthetic smells and colors? If so, it’s simple to create your own bath teas for kids from herbs you may already grow on your farm or homestead.
An Excerpt from Our Book
Here’s an excerpt from our upcoming book, Homestead Holidays, with a few simple tips on how to improve the bath hour with children:
“All day long a child does the important work of learning through play. The homestead is a great place for all that messy, playful learning – messy being THE word! As the work of the day winds down, make a habit of bathing your child. This may sound like an intuitive activity, but it can easily be rushed or skipped, especially during the growing season when we’re so busy outside. Don’t skip it!
“It’s sometimes necessary on the homestead to pass around the work of caring for the littles. Learn to treasure daily bath times as a special space for you and your child. For these few moments, your attention is fully focused on them.
Keep the Time Special
“Here are some simple rules to follow for this precious time:
- “Put away all electronics, especially your phone. (This is a reminder that will be repeated often in this book, FYI.) For these few minutes, nothing is more important than this bath time.
- “If this bath is in preparation for bedtime, be sure to keep your tones soothing. By all means, splash a little and laugh a lot, but keep in mind that this daily ritual is alerting the body to the fact that sleep time is coming.
- “Make some special bath products together that are reserved only for these bath times. Be strict about not using them at other times. This observance will confirm to your little one that they and this time are special.
- “Make a habit of checking nails, inside ears and brushing out hair after these baths. It seems like a routine thing to do, but as multiple children come into your family and more chores press themselves in on you, it can be good to remind yourself of the basics.
Bath Time Realities
“When several of my girls were all little, bath time was when they would proudly show me that they weren’t biting their nails anymore. I would always express great praise for breaking that bad habit. My son liked to show off his bruises, retelling the exciting stories of how they were acquired. I was always duly impressed.
“One young daughter struggled with cutting her own hair in fits of forgetfulness that mama had asked her to stop doing that. As I performed our ritual hair brushing after her bath, she proudly informed me that she had NOT cut her hair that week. Or, sometimes, confess that she had.
“Either way, I treasure these moments of unfettered conversation about their glorious little bodies. I worked hard to bring each child into this world and taking time to bathe them, teach them and simply be with them as they learn to respect their bodies in cleanliness is a gift to this hard-working mom.”
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What are Bath Teas?
Bath teas are a great thing to include in your bathing rituals and they’re simple to put together. Teas for the bath are just what they sound like: herbal preparations to add to your child’s bath to soothe them and prepare them for bed.
The following are some tips and herbal combinations that will make the simple ritual of bath time a special one that will calm tired children (and adults), and even administer to health when everyone is full of sniffles.
Growing Your Own Herbs
If you’d like to grow your own herbs on the homestead, planning and planting an herb garden doesn’t have to be complicated. Books like Mareitta Marcin’s Herbal Tea Gardens can help inspire and educate you on planting herb gardens according to your needs. Do you need a sleepy time garden? A shade garden? A tonic garden? This little book can tell you exactly what to plant.
If you don’t have space for an in-ground garden, many herbs lend themselves well to container growing and will even happily grow for you indoors.
To learn how to grow several basic herbs in containers, including some of those featured in these bath teas, pick up your electronic copy of Herbs in the Bathtub. This book will take you through the steps of growing herbs in pots. But don’t purchase it yet! There’s a coupon unique to this article that you can access at the bottom – look for the “Printable Instructions” section.
Herbal Combinations for Bath Teas
Here are some suggestions for herbal combinations you can use at bath time by growing zone. Instructions for use will follow, FYI. If you’re not growing these, perhaps your neighbors are. Or, you may also order them online.
Lemongrass & Rosemary
Growing zones 9-11 – Lemongrass and rosemary will grow well and easily in your zones. Both are highly aromatic and cleansing. Their light, invigorating scent will clear droopy spirits, while helping everyone feel clean and ready for a good night’s sleep. Add a few hibiscus flowers for a dash of color.
To learn to grow lemongrass, please visit this article from Attainable Sustainable.
For growing rosemary, here’s an article by Joybilee Farm.
Lavender & Basil
Growing zones 6-8 – Lavender and basil make a rich combination for bath time. Lavender is miraculously both good for waking up and going to sleep – how does it do that?! Basil vapors can help soothe an irritated stomach. You don’t drink bath tea, of course, but the skin is your largest organ and there is a certain amount of absorption of these herbs into the body. If you have it available, a dash of lemon or orange peel added to this bath tea combination would make it that much more heavenly.
For growing lavender, here’s an article by Lovely Greens.
To learn more about growing and using basil, please visit this article:
Mint & Thyme
Growing zones 3-5 – Mint and thyme are your herbal friends in colder climbs and both make happy additions to the bath time hour. Also soothing to the stomach (basil is a cousin), mint is probably the most commonly known herb and it will be a familiar scent to your child. Thyme will stimulate circulation and is especially useful if your little one has a cough. For fun, toss in a few rugosa rose hips and you just might get orange or pink tinted water.
To learn to use thyme for wellness, please visit this article by Homespun Seasonal Living.
For everything you need to know about rugosa roses, please visit this article.
By the way, all of these herbs will often survive down to zone 2 with heavy winter protection.)
All of these herbs will happily grow in pots and even indoors (except the rugosa rose – way too big), if you’re unable to grow them outside in a garden plot. To learn more about each herb, and for further ideas, I suggest the simple but thorough book, The Complete Book of Herbs, by Leslie Bremness. This was one of my first herb books and I still love and use it all the time. It’s especially handy for cosmetic, gift and craft ideas.
How to Use Bath Time Teas
Don’t worry, this is NOT complicated. There are printable instructions available in the gift giving section.
- Put a handful of bath tea herbs into a clean, cotton sock, or a sachet bag. This sock or bag may get stained, FYI.
- If you’re using fresh, grab two handfuls of each herb.
- Place them into a hot bath to steep for a few minutes prior to entering the bath.
- Have your child climb in and enjoy.
- Squeeze the bags once or twice to agitate the ingredients and release more beneficial properties from the plants and additives.
- Be sure to launder your bag well and compost the tea when finished.
Do be conscious of potential allergy problems. For example, some people with ragweed allergies can have a hard time with chamomile. Just watch for rash and, if irritation occurs, have your kiddo hop into a shower and wash with oatmeal soap.
Speaking of oatmeal, you can add some to your herb sachet (fancy word for the sock) to keep skin soft and supple. You can also add some Epsom or sea salt to your kiddo’s bath, especially if they have achy muscles or are unwell.
Bag for Bath Teas
You can purchase muslin bags for your bath time teas, or you can learn to make your own without too much effort. Here’s tutorial for an herbal sachet bag – this one is for the linen drawer, but you can easily use it in the bath. Click here to learn how.
With either purchased or homemade bags you can reuse your bath tea for a few days in a row before removing the contents and composting them.
To Give Bath Teas as Gifts
For birthdays or holidays, these herbal bath teas make great gifts. To assemble a gift bag of bath teas, include:
- The bath tea secured in an air-tight container like a bag – this will prevent the herbs from losing their essential oils before use.
- Place this into the sachet you’ve sewn (as above) or into a purchased muslin/cotton bag with a draw string.
- Include instructions for how to use the bath tea (downloads included below).
- You may also wish to purchase a thick, fancy bath towel in the child’s favorite color.
- Click on this link: Bath Teas Instructions.
- It will open a link with a PDF.
- Print off whichever one you’d like to use. I would suggest you use card stock.
- Trim to size.
- Hole punch in the corner and lace a ribbon through it. Attach the card to the gift bag or box.
- Use the coupon included in your printables to purchase a 50% discounted copy of our book Herbs in the Bathtub.
Bath Time Teens?
If you have older children or teenagers, these bath teas will still be relevant to them. Especially use them if your kids are ill or stressed.
You can also make your own skin care products to go with the bath teas if you’re giving them as gifts. Here are a few fun products that are simple to make:
- Cinnamon Latte Whipped Sugar Scrub from The Artisan Life
- From Joybilee Farm here are Soothing Oatmeal and Lavender Bath Bombs
- Pumpkin Spice Face Mask from Pistachio Project