Photo: Onsen Japan
One of the best experiences traveling in Japan is enjoying the incredible matcha and green tea baths. Taking a matcha bath at a Japanese Onsen is relaxing and healthful for the entire body, a perfect way to remove stress as the Japanese know very well. It provides nutrients to the skin, soothes aching muscles and calms the mind. Here is a recipe to bring a little bit of Japan home with you. Simple and inexpensive, this matcha bath costs only a few dollars and can be enjoyed in the tranquility of your own home.
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 3 heaping tablespoons matcha powder
- 4 drops peppermint or your favorite essential oil*, lavender is also very pleasant to use
Scoop a cup of epsom salts into a mixing bowl. Add the matcha powder and peppermint drops into the bowl and stir until evenly blended. The epsom salt absorbs the essential oil and is not directly applied to your skin. Add to a hot tub of water. Soak for 20 minutes or more in the tub until completely relaxed. Plan a time where you can enjoy the serenity of a soothing bath.
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and is known to soothe aching muscles. Benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, and reducing body pain. Epsom salts aid in healing cuts, treating colds and congestion, and helps to draw toxins from the body. Combined with the antioxidant ingredients of matcha green tea and the fragrant aroma of essential oil, it is a perfect combination for a healthy and relaxing hot bath!
*Medicine Flower disclaimer- please note:
Pregnant woman should not use some essential oils. Please check with your health practitioner before use. Some people can experience allergic reactions to essential oils. Please do a patch test on a small area of your skin (such as your wrist, upper arm or thigh) and wait 24 hours to see if any allergic reaction occurs. If you are susceptible to allergic reactions, check with a health professional before using essential oils. Keep out of reach of children