Baths aren’t just for stress relief—they offer some major health benefits, too. “Our skin is our largest organ of absorption,” says Pat Harpell, founder of the South Carolina Herbal Society. “Every pore of your body is taking in medicine when you’re sitting in a tub.”
Studies have shown that daily baths can decrease anxiety as much as prescription drugs, encourage cardiovascular health, and even boost immunity
The addition of herbs just ups the goodness quotient. An herbal tea bath can elevate your mood (hello, jasmine), help you sleep (lavender, chamomile), chill you out after a stressful day (hibiscus), or energize you all over (peppermint).
While you could toss a bunch of Celestial Seasonings bags in to soak with you, it’s easy and fun to make your own special bath tea to keep on hand for when you need a little You time. Bonus: The recipe below won’t stain your tub!