Balneotherapy! Anyone heard of it? It’s related to bathing, it’s an ancient therapeutic practice. Romans recognized the importance of water therapy and even provided public bath houses for citizens. Steams, baths, and cold-water plunges are used by Ayurvedic healers depending on your particular dosha, or your particular constitution, to maintain health and promote circulation. Almost all ancient cultures prescribe therapeutic bathing rituals to promote overall wellness and calm the skin, our body’s largest organ – which many of us forget!
Herbs and oils have long been combined with bath therapy to relax the mind, soothe sore muscles, and promote supple skin. Doesn’t that sound like heaven? Is there anything better than a long, steamy soak at the end of a hectic day? Enter the tea bath!
This form of bath therapy is all the rage among the celebrity set. However, because the practice is so affordable, just about anyone can indulge in it. So, what is it? And why is everyone doing it? Remember, our skin is our largest organ + tea has many health benefits. What better way to ensure all that goodness is absorbed in the most direct way possible?
Tea baths do more than just relax tired nerves and muscles, although they’re great for this purpose. As tea is also anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, immune enhancing etc - a “tea bath” allows the body to absorb the tea and its beneficial nutrients much quicker than you could obtain by drinking tea.
So, let’s look at a few benefits of a tea bath.
- Detoxifies skin
- Could delay skin cell aging
- Promotes healing of sores and wounds
- Soothes stressed skin
- Help to balance skin tone
- Aid in the repair of sun damage
- Promotes rejuvenation of skin cells
- Fights free radicals
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves psoriasis
- Reduces dandruff
- Helps treat and prevent acne and aids in the healing of other skin conditions
Whew! That’s quite a list. Of course, there are many ways to create your own DIY bath and certain combinations are great. Gourmet Chai House brings you some of the best blends if you fancy a steamy soak.
There are a lot of DIY blends you can make at home – and it’s super easy to draw a tea bath. The easiest way to draw a bath is to have it hot but not scalding. You can either steep a couple of tea bags in the bath or brew a pot of tea and then let it steep for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile dra, get that tub filled with hot water to a temperature you like. Then you pour the tea into the bath once it’s ready. Make sure you check the water temperature so it’s comfortable for you – not too hot and not too cold as this will defeat the purpose of a steamy soak. You also have the choice of making your own make-shift tea bag. All you need is a thin, natural fabric like muslin or if you’re lazy simply purchase it, sew it shut after you fill your bag with either loose tea or tea bags. See, so easy and so many benefits as you indulge yourself in some serious Me-time.
So, let’s look at some of the teas that are best for your luxurious soak.
This beauty is particularly kind to your skin, it’s great for dealing with adult acne or just trying to get that glowing complexion. It’s also fabulous for relieving stress, but more importantly – its great tea for lulling you to sleep and get those beauty winks!
The scent for starters is intoxicating! Blocked sinuses because of a cold, no worries, it can get those unblocked in no time. The invigorating scent helps elevate your mood, soothes irritations - so if you got the blues, a minty bath may just be the cure to bring back your happy.
We all know green tea is fabulous - antioxidant rich and likely what you want to sweat out those toxins. Especially great for relaxing sore muscles, this is the one tea that is a dream solution for your skin. Rich in Vit B, it like chamomile, it’s the best ingredient for silky smooth skin.
If you’re looking for a great blend, usually green tea and jasmine provide a fantastic combination. Your bath will have a sweeter scent, and it’s a great blend to calm your nerves or just relax. We all know the benefits of green tea on skin but the medicinal benefits of jasmine is also known to moisturize dry skin and potentially reduce the appearance of those dreaded stretch marks.
There are others but this is where we encourage the wonder of discovery. Black tea (especially good for reducing puffiness around the eyes), lavender and rose teas are a few that can really soothe away your strife and rejuvenate the body. Whatever your choice of tea bath, be sure to take some time and indulge yourself. There isn’t anything better than some relaxing Me-time with your favorite tea blend!