Soothing Oatmeal Tea Bags

Summer is just around the corner. If you are like me, you have already received your first sunburns and bee stings all in one week. OUCH! I’ve been treating my painful sunburns with Bactine and my even more painful bee stings with Benadryl Itch Stopping Cream, but both of those stop working effectively the minute I get in the shower. Since I prefer my showers to take about 5 to 10 minutes, I was indecisive on which would be worse, terrible itching and pain for the duration of the shower or terrible BO and greasy hair for the next day at work. My pride won and I decided to take a shower. (I would bet my co-workers were relieved! ;) )

As I was getting ready to take my shower I realized, “Whoa! Andee. What do you do for work? You probably have some things here at home that could make this shower less irritating. Go raid your stash and find something!” So … I listened to my inner voice and trotted off to my craft storage closet to rummage through my ingredients for something that would help my skin.

As I rummaged, I found Finely Ground Oatmeal, Calendula Petals, Milk Powder, Epsom Salts and Jumbo Heat & Seal Tea Bags. I decided all of these ingredients would make a great tea bag that would help calm my skin. Join me in the blog kitchen as I recreate this recipe for you!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Oatmeal, Finely Ground
Calendula Petals, Finely Ground*
Milk Powder
Epsom Salts
Equipment
Jumbo Heat & Seal Tea Bags
Mixing Bowl or Bucket
Coffee Grinder or Mortar & Pestle
Spoons
Scale
Iron
Recipe in ounces:
2.12 ounces Oatmeal, Finely Ground
0.35 ounces Calendula Petals, Finely Ground
1.76 ounces Milk Powder
2.82 ounces Epsom Salts
Recipe in grams:
60 grams Oatmeal, Finely Ground
10 grams Calendula Petals, Finely Ground
50 grams Milk Powder
80 grams Epsom Salts
Recipe in Percentages:
30% Oatmeal, Finely Ground
5% Calendula Petals, Finely Ground
25% Milk Powder
40% Epsom Salts

*When I first made this recipe, I used the whole Calendula Petals. That didn’t work very well as the Calendula Petals just sat on top of the mixture. I decided to grind the petals to make a powder instead. I put a small handful of Calendula Petals in my trusty soap kitchen coffee grinder and ground them until they made a fine powder. I had to do this several times until I had enough Calendula Petal powder for my recipe.

Weigh all the ingredients into a mixing bucket or bag. Mix thoroughly. After the ingredients have been mixed together, fill each Large Heat & Seal Tea Bag with 1 ounce of the tub tea mixture. Seal with the iron.

Notes:
I like to mix this in a 1 gallon pail with a lid. I put the lid on and shake the bucket. This recipe was fun to make and it filled 7 Large Heat & Seal Tea Bags.

How would you change this recipe? Would you add a fragrance, change the botanicals or something else? I would love to hear what you would do with this recipe!

Enjoy!

All of my ingredients weighed into the bucket.

Beginning to mix the ingredients.

Rotating the bucket to mix the ingredients.

Completely mixed oatmeal tea.

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6 Comments

  • Anastasia says:

    Thanks for the fun recipe!

    I recently started showering with a muslin bag filled with colloidal oatmeal, powdered herbs (usually lavender and calendula) and moistened with a bit of ACV. With the summer months coming up I’d wondered what would be good additions for sunburned skin. I know ACV is good for sunburn and would also like to add some honey powder as well.

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    • Andee says:

      Anastasia,
      I think you have a great start with the items you are using. If you want to add something else for sunburned skin, I would make a lotion with Allantoin to aid the faster growth of healthy skin. I really like the Right Out of the Shower Emollient Cream for this purpose.
      Good luck!
      Andee

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  • jax says:

    i was wondering if you could add soap shavings to the teabag, then you’d have soothing, scented suds – and use up your bits of left overs from shaping etc.?

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    • Andee says:

      jax,
      That is a great idea. I bet this would be well liked by those who want bubbles in everything. (Ehm, Taylor.) I would use thin shavings so they dissolve quickly without leaving chunks left in the bags after.

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  • Christine says:

    i love the recipe and can’t wait to try it out. i do have a question though. i can see soaking in the tub with those tea bags, but how do you use them in the shower? do you just rub them all over yourself? and if so, how do you keep them from busting wide open and spilling the contents?

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    • Andee says:

      Christine,
      I put the bag under the water and let it absorb water. I use it to gently wipe my skin, like a washcloth without the harsh scrubbing. I’ve had bags burst open when I manhandle them with too much force. If I’m gentle, the bags don’t break and I can get through a shower with happy skin.

      Taylor told me if she were to use the tea bags in the shower, she would put the tea bag in a bucket of water and then pour the water over her skin instead of wiping her skin.

      Hope this helps!

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