You probably know about the pleasures and benefits of drinking tea or why would you be reading this blog? 😉 But have you ever wondered what the benefits of steeping yourself in your favorite tea might be?
Bath time and teatime are both great me time and even better when combined: relaxing in the hot water while your body absorbs the antioxidants and other compounds from the tea plants directly through your skin. Drinking tea can have many benefits for your skin, but some benefits of tea can also be absorbed topically in your nice warm bath.
Many of the commercial bath bombs have artificial fragrances or colors and that’s not terribly relaxing. Beyond that, they can cause skin irritations in some people. A tea bath can offer benefits for your skin and inflammation, without the artificial ingredients.
How to Draw Your Tea Bath
We have suggested a few varieties of tea for your next bath below. Whichever you choose, follow this “recipe” for a tea bath.
- Steep the right amount of your tea of choice in a pot of boiling water for 20-30 minutes. It should be strong
because you’re going to dilute it when you pour it into your bath.
- If you’re using loose leaf tea, be sure to strain it well.
- Fill your bathtub about 5 minutes before your tea is ready.
- If you have any aches and pains, add 1 cup of Epsom salts to the water and dissolve.
- Add the tea directly to the full, hot bath.
- Test the water to be sure it’s not too hot, then slip on in and relax.
Now, for some of our favorite bathing teas.
Black tea: Black tea has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a great soaking tea to help with skin irritations (like bug bites, itching, sunburn). Combined with the Epsom salts, it may help any sore muscles feel better.
- If you like the idea of black tea but would also like a little more fragrance, try our Primo Passion Black Iced Tea
- For a simple black tea, we recommend our Gnarly Black Tea or our Organic Estate Loose Leaf Black Tea
Green tea: This may be the most popular tea for a bath. Also packed with antioxidants, it’s said to help with muscle pain, as well as soothing and softening for the skin.
- Try our Organic Jasmine Green Tea or for a little more complex aroma, our Blackberry Jasmine Green Tea.
Chamomile Tea: Famous as a calming tea, chamomile has similar effects on the skin, helping to ease redness and irritation.
Peppermint Tea: Mint has a naturally cooling yet invigorating effect on the skin. Combined with Epsom salts, it can enhance the easing of sore muscles.