Tuesday 10 March 2009

Tea Bath Bomb Recipe

Another way to enjoy your favourite scented tea! Make your own Bath Bomb!
It is quick and easy and you will know there aren't any harsh chemicals in a bath bomb you make at home.
Make sure to do a little skin test first to make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. We wouldn't want you to immerse yourself in a soothing bath and end up all itchy!

Tea Bath Bomb

1 heaped tsp aromatic tea (we suggest: Earl Grey, Lemon Sencha Green Tea, Rooibos Orange Eucalyptus, China Jasmine Green Tea, China Rose Black Tea)
1 tbsp citric acid powder (from a health shop or chemist)
3 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
10 drops essential oil (we suggest: lavender, rosemary, lemon, rose) (from a health shop)
1 tsp plant-based oil (vegetable or almond oil)

Make sure that the bowl you are using, and your hands, are completely dry - otherwise the bomb will start fizzing. In a glass bowl, mix the citric acid and bicarbonate of soda together.

Add a few drops of essential oil and 1 tsp dry aromatic tea, along with the vegetable or almond oil. Mix everything together with a metal spoon. (If you just want a fizzy bath salt, only use half the almond oil and don't follow the next step below - simply pour your mixture into a clean, dry jar)

Place the biscuit cutter on top of a sheet of baking paper. Put the mixture into the biscuit cutter and press down with the back of the spoon.

The oil now needs to evaporate so the bomb can set as a dry, hard block - leave for a minimum of 30 minutes and preferably overnight.

STORAGE: Store in tin foil to keep out moisture.

Rooibos is a great skin tonic – relieves dry and irritated skin, sooths acne and eczema, is gentle and refreshing. Our other tea suggestions have soothing aromatics and the natural anti-septic properties of tea.

This is adapted from a recipe from “Grow your own Drugs” on BBC2

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