I love a good massage and the place I visit regularly near downtown LA, the Olympic Spa & Retreat, is a full service spa for women. Before your massage, you can use the simple soak room, which includes showers, whirlpools, saunas, and one I really find interesting, is the scorching hot “mugwort” tea pool. On the wall next to it are the benefits, which include those for the skin and how the concoction detoxifies the body (don’t really believe but that’s another story). Overall, this most recent visit in the pool got me thinking about tub teas in general and the benefits of the plants used in them. Not only are baths an easy way to benefit aromatically but it seems that steeping in ingredients like bergamot, eucalyptus, ginger, honey, yogurt, oats, tofu, and rosemary seems to be the best way for your skin to reap the benefits of some of these ingredients vs a cream, lotion or oil.
Take these Organic Tub Tea Blends ($28/5 sachets @ agoodnightkiss.com) from A GOOD NIGHT KISS. Each of the six blends contains ingredients like organic white tea, granulated honey, bergamot oil and more. And I have really found these sachets great to use in these hot summer months. The directions say to place the bag/s in fairly hot water in the tub but I’ve been letting the bath stand for a little while longer so it cools down to luke warm. Very soothing.