Tea Baths: How to Use All Types of Tea in Your Bath
“There is no problem on earth that can’t be ameliorated by a hot bath and a cup of tea- Jasper Forde”. The quote means that any of your stressful problems can be relieved by a hot bath and a cup of tea. What if this relaxing hot bath and refreshing tea were integrated? Let’s find out how to use all types of tea in your bath.
What is a Tea Bath?
The concept of having a medicinal bath runs back centuries in many traditional medical cultures like Asia, Middle- East, and Western regions. In Ayurveda, having a medicinal bath is soaking yourself in a warm liquid that contains the excretes of some healthy herbs and the concept of a tea bath follows the same. As it sounds like, simply a tea bath is bathing in tea-brewed water. There is no magic in having a tea bath, you just need to steep some tea in a hot water tub and allow the compounds to excrete into the hot water, and soak yourself in it. Though it is just a few simple steps, the experience you gain would be wonderful with the healthy and pleasing properties wrapped with it.
Bath teas are the types of teas that are used for tea baths. They may be tea sachets filled with tea, herbs, flowers, and Epsom salt that are added to warm bath water. Sometimes, these ingredients are directly added to warm water without a sachet allowing them to brew in warm water freely.
Benefits of Tea Baths
Having a warm water bath is always a pleasing and relaxing experience that you could have to end a hectic day. Also, having a cup of tea would refresh you while giving you a bunch of health benefits. Have you ever thought of making the bath more valuable and healthy by mixing these two as a tea bath? There are some reasons why you should try tea baths!
Relax the Body
The muscles and nerves of your body get stressed and tired when you are engaged in your daily duties. After a hectic day, just soaking yourself in a warm tea bath would soothe your tired nerves and muscles by relaxing them and relieving their stress.
Ease Mental Stress
Stress is known as a silent killer, and it is the cause of many physical ailments. Stress causes the body to release some bad hormones like cortisol and accumulating so much of these bad hormones would lead to hives and getting sick often. When you are having a long tea bath, you reduce your mental stress and lowers the circulating of bad hormones in your body. It reduces inflammation and increases your body’s response to the natural healing process while calming the body and mind.
When the body is soaked in warm water, the muscle cramps and spasms that lead to pain are reduced. This cause to increase absorption of beneficial ingredients in the tea bath through the skin.
Detoxify the Skin
Skin, being the largest organ in the human body that directly connects with the outside, can absorb anything toxic or anything healthy. Hence your body is exposed to many toxic environments throughout the day, a tea bath can detoxify your skin and act as a full body mask.
Promote Wound Healing
When you are having a tea bath, some herbs directly touch the minor cuts and abrasions in your body and promote quicker healing of wounds. Further, the healthy properties in herbal blends act against some skin diseases, and allergies and keep your skin healthy.
The teas and herbals that are most used in tea baths contain antioxidants that go through your skin and make your immune system strong. These antioxidants contain anti-inflammatory properties and increase body resistance, repair the damaging effect of stress, and spur the overall healing ability of the body.
How to Make a Tea Bath?
To have an effective tea bath, 92 degrees Fahrenheit or 33 degrees Celsius is the ideal temperature because it is bearable to the body, and can relieve pain. There are two main methods for infusing bath water with tea.
Adding Tea Directly to the Bath
A pot of water is boiled separately and poured over dried herbs in another container and allow to steep for around 20 minutes. Then filter out the brew and directly mix it into the bathtub that contains warm water.
Using Dried Herbs
Put the bath tea blend into a cheesecloth bag and lower it to the bathtub that contains warm water. When the tea is brewed to a satisfactory level, remove the sack and enjoy the bathing.
Best Type of Teas for a Tea Bath
Not all herbs are suitable too steep in water to have a tea bath because some may bring you side effects. Here are some of the teas and herbals that are already in use as bath teas with significant healthy properties.
Being a container of antioxidants, black tea helps to reduce inflammation, soothe skin, and relax irritated muscles. The tannin in black tea has cleansing properties and helps to close pores in the skin. If you have bug bites, irritated skin, or sunburn, black tea speeds up the healing process in the body and reduces itching.
Green tea contains antioxidants that possess anti-aging properties. Therefore, having a green tea bath delays aging by promoting fast recovery of your skin from environmental irritants. Further, green tea can reduce muscle pain, soften the skin, and help to relieve redness.
Being known as a tea ideal for calming and relaxation, having a chamomile tea bath has a similar effect on the skin. Further, it soothes irritated sensitive skin while reducing redness and minimizing scars and marks.
A Peppermint tea bath will give you a cooling effect on the skin with an invigorating and rejuvenating effect. Combining with Epsom salt, peppermint tea makes an incredible detoxifying bath and it helps to reduce inflammation and soothe irritated skin.
Lavender tea, known as a calming and relaxing tea, soaked in a lavender tea bath would give a similar effect of calming and relaxing.
Making your tea bath romantic, the super calming rose tea bath can load your skin with antioxidants to nourish the skin.
Orange Blossom Tea
The orange blossom tea bath can reduce redness and irritation in your skin while softening and soothing it. Inhaling citrus fragrance would relax your mind and body while relieving you from some inner sicknesses like the common cold, flu, and sore throat.
Having a medicinal bath is one of the main healing methods in traditional medicine. Tea baths are the modern solution for this traditional concept that is used to relieve the pain of a hectic day while making you calm and relaxed. Though it contains several simple steps to have a soaking tea bath, you will be gifted with many health benefits through it. Black tea, Green tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Rose, Peppermint, and many other herbals can be used as bath teas to give you a wonderful calming and relaxing bathing experience.
Are you looking for a way to end your day as a relaxed and peaceful one? Then a wonderful tea bath would be the ideal solution for you. Let’s try it!
Tea Lover’s Cafe™ Team