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You're exhausted and achy and you need to take a nice long soak in the tub. The last thing you want to do is dig through the hall cupboard looking for bath salts, but it would be nice to smell a wonderful aroma as you soak. You finally give up on the bath salts because you are too sore to climb on the step stool to search the top shelf. On the way to the tub, you make a detour for a nice hot cup of green tea. It sure smells great. Maybe you should buy some tea bath products, but in the meantime, you're going to make do.
Since a tea pouch is made with a sturdy silk material and is sewn shut for added durability, it is sturdy enough to last in a tub, too. Simply hold the pouch under the hot water faucet as the tub fills and enjoy the aroma of your favorite freshly brewed tea blend filling the air.
Of course, since teas made for drinking are not designed for washing in, you should use some caution. Avoid using chamomile tea bags unless you are absolutely certain that you are not sensitive to ragweed, since chamomile is a member of the ragweed family. You don't want to end up with a bad case of hives after your leisurely soak.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|