Tea was first discovered in 2737 BC by Shennong, known as the father of tea, was a herbalist and discovered its healing and restorative properties when drinking the liquor created from the leaves. Since then Tea has been used over centuries as a herbal medicine and used to be found in apothecaries.
Teas has both anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties when taken as a drink, so just think what wonders it could do for the largest organ in the body; our skin.
Recent studies have shown that when used as a “tea bath” the antioxidants and antimicrobial properties found in tea help to alleviate certain skin conditions. The nutrients can be absorbed quicker through the skin than through drinking it.
“Bath therapy with green tea extract is an effective, safe, and non steroidal therapy for treatment of patients with atopic dermatitis associated with Malassezia sympodialis.”(1)
Besides aiding the above skin conditions this there are also other benefits to them. These include:
- Help to promote the rejuvenation of your skin cells
- Aid psoriasis
- As a hair treatment it could reduce dandruff
- Help to treat acne
- Reduce inflammation
- Detoxify your skin
- Soothe tired skin
How to prepare a tea bath:
You will need:
A pan or a pot
You can use tea on its own or combine certain teas with herbs that can then be steeped together. Place the tea and/or herbs into a pot, bring to the boil and allow it to steep for 15 minutes. You can then strain off the leaves before adding the liquor to your bath water. Alternatively you can out the leaves into a tie top muslin bag (cheese cloth) and place the bag in the bath water. You can also add dried herbs such as lavender and chamomile.
Soak in your tub for 20-30 minutes.
Why not try experiment with some of these herbal combinations in your tea bath bag :
2. Epsom salts /Himalayan pink salt and rose petals – ease tired muscles.
3. Oats, epsom salts and lavender – calm skin, ease muscles and headaches.
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Hello, I’m Elle a Tea Champion through the UK Tea Academy. I started Mindful Roots Tea as I have a passion for all things tea. I curate delicious, fun, all-natural tea blends that have added wellness benefits.