How to make Tub Tea

29 August 2017 by Natanja

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  • Tub tea sachets on wooden serving board

    What on earth is tub tea, you might be wondering. Drinking tea in the tub? Not quite. It’s rather soaking your tired body in a beautiful blend of herbs, dried flowers, salts and oats. That’s crazy, you might be thinking. And yes, I’ll agree with you. But you can bet your butt that if something sounds crazy I’m already out there testing and experimenting with it in the kitchen. #crazybloggerlady

    If you are British you are probably already on board with trying this, but if you are still skeptical about the idea, let me ease your mind. This is just a way of soaking in a mixture of “good for you ingredients” without having all the specs of flowers and herbs floating around you, getting caught in your hair and potentially blocking your drain. Nobody wants that.

    And if you are thinking that this all sounds very nice but you are more of a coffee type of person, that’s okay too. You don’t have to drink this… actually you really shouldn’t drink this.

    Ingredients for tub tea - dried herbs and flowers

    Now that you are on board (I do hope you are!), let me tell you how to make your very own customizable blends of tub tea. You always start off with a base: oat flour, dead sea salt, Epsom salt, pink Himalayan salt,.. or anything similar you might have at home. You can find the exact measurements for the base in the recipe down below.

    Tub tea sachets filled with salts, oat flour and dried flowers and herbs

    Once you have a base it’s time to get creative. If you have a garden, go out and see what herbs you have that you’d like to use for your tub tea. Think sage, thyme, rosemary,.. If you don’t have a garden, or you do but you manage to kill all the plants, no problem. You can also find these ingredients at a grocery store. Another great ingredient is different types of flowers such as lavender, calendula, daisies, roses, eucalyptus,.. There is no right or wrong here so use whatever you prefer. Same goes for essential oils. I used rosemary essential oil, lavender essential oil and rose essential oil but there are so many other wonderful scents you can try.

    Tub tea sachets on white background

    The important thing is to use dried herbs and flowers to prevent mold growth. If you are going to use your tub tea right away, you can use fresh. And while we are on the topic of using the tub tea, the best way to do this is to either plop it into the water and let it infuse or to hang it over the faucet while you are running your bath. And if you want to go all out, drink some tea while you are soaking in the tub tea. (Just kidding, unless you are British ;))

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    Tub tea sachets with flowers, herbs, oat flour and sea salt

    Homemade Tub Tea

    • Yield: 1 sachet 1x


    a fragrant blend of herbs, flowers and essential oils of your choice




    • 3 tablespoons oat flour*
    • 4 tablespoons dead sea salt (or other type of salt)

    Add ins

    • small handful of dried herbs
    • small handful of dried flowers
    • a few drops essential oil (about 5 drops**)


    • sachets


    1. Combine all ingredients in a sachet. Shake it up until the ingredients are mixed together.
    2. Put directly into the bathtub to infuse or hang over the faucet while running the bath.


    *If you don’t have any oat flour on hand, you can grind whole oats to flour in a blender

    **Depending on the essential oils you use, you may want to add more




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    1. Jolina on 29. August 2017 at 14:50

      I must admit, first thought was: oooh a whole tub of tea lol! But wow how luxurious this must feel! And yes, I agree let’s not drink this. I think I’ll have proper tea after my lovely bath 🙂

      • Natanja on 15. September 2017 at 13:30

        Sounds good! 🙂 Although a whole tub of tea also sounds nice haha.

    2. Shelley on 26. January 2020 at 3:31

      So, is the ‘oatmeal’ actually ‘oat meal’? When I hear ‘oatmeal’ I think of the oats that you make the hot morning cereal, oatmeal, with…not oat flour.

      Is it oat flour or oatmeal, as in whole oats?


      • Natanja on 27. January 2020 at 6:07

        Hi Shelley! In this case oatmeal refers to oat flour, but I see how that can be confusing, given that the word refers to two different things. I changed it in the recipe so it’s more clear. 🙂 Thanks!

        • Shelley on 27. January 2020 at 17:42

          Thank you! And thank you for the recipe. 🙂

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