A Chamomile Tea Recipe for Bath Time

Try this simple chamomile tea recipe for bath time to help relieve skin irritations, ease aches and pains, soften skin, encourage a restful night's sleep, and so much more. 

If you're a tea lover, you may already know that drinking chamomile tea (aka "the night-time tea") may promote healthy sleep, ease stressful feelings, and provide a host of other wellness benefits. But, did you know that chamomile tea can also be incredibly good for us when used topically, too? 

Chamomile Tea Recipe for Bath | The Tea Talk

While we tend to think of teas and herbal tisanes first as delicious, healthy beverages, these versatile helpers can also be used in tea compresses, facial steams, hair rinses, foot soaks, and more. A favorite way to enjoy the topical and cosmetic benefits of various teas is in fragrant, healthful tea baths. 

| Related:  Topical Tea Recipes

Chamomile tea, for example, is a soothing addition to a bath, providing a spa-like, nurturing, bath-time treat. Here is a chamomile tea recipe for bath time for you, and for baby, too. 

Chamomile Tea Recipe for Your Bath

For a comforting chamomile tea bath, first bring a quart (about 4 cups or 1 L) of fresh water just to the boil, and then let it cool slightly. Pour the water over 4 or 5 chamomile teabags (or 4 to 5 heaping teaspoons of loose-leaf chamomile tea or dried chamomile blossoms). 

Cover and steep the tea for about 15 minutes, and then remove the teabags or strain the tisane (if you've used loose-leaf chamomile).

Pour the tea into a drawn bath, swirling it about to ensure it's evenly blended (and not too hot). Now, light a few candles, and into the tub you go. Lie back and enjoy a peaceful soak in the aromatic tea bath - preferably with a cup of your favorite tea and a good book.

Wondering if you can just add chamomile teabags or loose-leaf chamomile tea directly to bath water? You could... but you may miss out on some of this herb's many topical benefits. Just-boiled water helps to draw out chamomile's beneficial properties, so it's recommended to make the tea first, and then add it to bath water. 

Chamomile Tea Recipe for Baby's Bath

A gentle, fragrant chamomile bath for baby may aid in relieving diaper rash and other skin irritations, encourage peaceful sleep, and soften skin, as well.

For baby's naturally soothing chamomile bath, bring 1 cup (about 250 ml) of fresh water just to the boil, and then cool it slightly. Pour the water over 1 chamomile teabag (or 1 heaping teaspoon of chamomile tea leaves), and let the tea steep, covered, for about 15 minutes. Remove the teabag or, if you've used loose-leaf chamomile tea, strain the tea. Cool the tea to a suitable temperature for baby's bath.

Add cooled tea to baby's bath, and swish the bath water so it's blended well. Pop baby in the bath, and enjoy this precious bath time with him or her.

Chamomile Tea Recipe for Bath | The Tea Talk

Benefits of a Chamomile Tea Bath

Here are some of the ways this chamomile tea recipe for bath time can support and nurture us. 

  • Show your body some TLC with a chamomile tea bath to ease aches and pains, alleviate menstrual cramps, soothe rheumatoid arthritis (or other joint) pain and swelling, or relieve and reduce hemorrhoids.
  • Adding some chamomile tea to a bath may benefit skin by helping to calm skin irritations, such as insect bites, mild burns (including sunburns), rashes, chicken pox, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and itchy or inflamed skin. Chamomile tea in baby's bath may help to soothe diaper rash, as well.
  • A steamy chamomile tea bath may bring relief from sinusitis, hay fever, or sore throat.
  • Chamomile can be a lovely skin and hair softener, too. After a chamomile tea bath, skin will feel smoother and softer, and washing hair in a chamomile tea bath will leave it feeling softer and silkier, with some extra shine. (Just remember, chamomile is also a natural hair lightener.
  • Chamomile is known for helping to ease stressful feelings and supporting healthy sleep. If you (or baby) would benefit from a calming, relaxing bath and a sound sleep, consider a gentle chamomile tea bath in the evening. 

Be Safe with a Chamomile Tea Bath

Wondering if a chamomile tea bath is good for everyone? Chamomile tea can be beneficial for us in so many ways, but, before anyone in your family has a chamomile tea bath, be sure to read up on any precautions and safe-use tips for using chamomile (visit our Chamomile Tea Side Effects page to learn more). Your natural health physician is an excellent resource for any questions you may have about healthful teas and herbal tisanes for you and your household, too. 

If you're fascinated by the thought of using tea topically and can't wait to get started, you'll find lots of ideas and inspiration on our Tea Skincare Pinterest board. Why not sip some chamomile tea while you're browsing? You'll find a simple chamomile tea recipe here or, if it's iced tea season, try this Iced Chamomile Tea recipe

Incredibly versatile chamomile is not only good for us as a beverage - it has many topical benefits for skin and scalp, and can even put a new spring in your step by adding some lovely highlights to hair, as well (see what other readers have to say about a chamomile hair rinse here).

If this herbal tea hasn't found a place in your tea stash yet, why not treat yourself to some beneficial chamomile tea when you next shop for tea? 

> > Chamomile Tea Bath


American Chemical Society. "Chamomile Tea: New Evidence Supports Health Benefits." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 January 2005. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/01/050104112140.htm>.

American Chemical Society. "Drinking Chamomile Tea May Help Fight Complications Of Diabetes." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 September 2008. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080915164519.htm>.

Amsterdam JD, Li Y, Soeller I, et al. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral Matricaria recutita (chamomile) extract therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2009 Aug;29(4):378-82.

Amsterdam JD, Shults J, Soeller I, et al. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) may provide antidepressant activity in anxious, depressed humans: an exploratory study. Altern Ther Health Med. 2012 Sep-Oct;18(5):44-9. 

Chamomile. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamomile. 

Charousaei F, Dabirian A, Mojab F. Using chamomile solution or a 1% topical hydrocortisone ointment in the management of peristomal skin lesions in colostomy patients: results of a controlled clinical study. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2011 May;57(5):28-36. 

Gladstar R. Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2012. 

Kato A, Minoshima Y, Yamamoto J, et al. Protective Effects of Dietary Chamomile Tea on Diabetic Complications. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2008;56(17),8206–8211. 

Mars B. Healing Herbal Teas: A Complete Guide to Making Delicious, Healthful Beverages. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications, 2006. 

McGill University. "Chamomile Tea And Lotion Causing Internal Bleeding In Patient On Anti-coagulant Medication." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 April 2006. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/04/060427161856.htm>.

Ogata-Ikeda I, Seo H, Kawanai T, et al. Cytotoxic action of bisabololoxide A of German chamomile on human leukemia K562 cells in combination with 5-fluorouracil. Phytomedicine. 2011 Mar 15;18(5):362-5. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2010.08.007. Epub 2010 Sep 21. 

Research on the Health Benefits of Chamomile. Retrieved from http://www.naturopathic-health.co.uk/chamomile-research.htm 

Singh O, Khanam Z, Misra N,  Srivastava MK. Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.): An overview. Pharmacogn Rev. 2011 Jan-Jun;5(9):82–95.

Srivastava JK, Gupta S. Antiproliferative and apoptotic effects of chamomile extract in various human cancer cells. J Agric Food Chem. 2007 Nov 14;55(23):9470-8. Epub 2007 Oct 17. 

Srivastava JK, Shankar E, Gupta S. Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future. Mol Med Report. 2010 Nov 1;3(6):895–901. 

Srivastava JK, Pandey M, Gupta S. Chamomile, a novel and selective COX-2 inhibitor with anti-inflammatory activity. Life Sci. 2009 Nov 4;85(19-20):663-9. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2009.09.007. Epub 2009 Sep 27. 

Tillotson, AK. The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook. New York, NY: Kensington Publishing Corp., 2001.

Wang Y, Tang H, Nicholson JK, et al. A Metabonomic Strategy for the Detection of the Metabolic Effects of Chamomile (Matricaria recutita L.) Ingestion. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2005;53(2):191–196. 

Zak V. 20,000 Secrets of Tea. New York, NY: Dell Publishing, 1999.  

SiteSell Hosting

What's Brewing at The Tea Talk

  1. Garden fix

    I actually pick stinging nettles from my garden. I use gloves and pick them into a small pan. Then wash gently under cold running water, place them in

    Read More

  2. Rooibos Tea Health Benefits

    Rooibos tea health benefits are just one of the reasons to love this herbal tea… Vibrantly colored rooibos tea is also incredibly delicious, with a naturally sweet, fruity flavor.

    Read More

  3. Rooibos Tea Recipes

    These simple rooibos tea recipes are the perfect way to enjoy the incredible benefits of this naturally sweet herbal tisane. Try one of these recipes to make hot or iced rooibos tea, pamper your compl…

    Read More

A Note to Readers

Please know that The Tea Talk uses affiliate links in some of our posts. This means that clicking on or purchasing through a link may help us earn a small commission, which helps make this site possible. Thank you so much for your support! For more information, please see our Terms & Conditions