Try this recipe for ginger tea bath, and ginger tea compress, as well, to enjoy even more of this tea's benefits for health and wellness! Ginger tea is much more than just a delicious beverage - this herbal tea can provide amazing topical and aromatherapeutic benefits, too.
We have discovered so much about how beneficial it can be to include tea in our daily diet. But, the wellness benefits of tea don't stop there... many teas and herbal tisanes are so healthful when used topically, as well, such as in a tea bath, a tea compress, and even in a therapeutic tea steam.
Ginger tea, for example, can provide so many health benefits when added to a bath or applied in a compress.
If you haven't tried a tea bath before, these amazing benefits may tempt you to treat yourself to this recipe for ginger tea bath!
First, cut away any old or damaged bits from the ginger, and rinse the ginger well. Scrape or peel away the ginger's skin with a spoon or knife, and then grate or very thinly slice the ginger.
Combine the ginger and 3 cups of water in a saucepan. Cover the tea (this will ensure you don't lose any of the ginger's beneficial ingredients), and bring the tea to a boil over high heat.
Lower the heat and simmer the covered tea for 15 - 20 minutes.
While the ginger tea is simmering, fill your bath tub with very warm water. If you're taking a ginger tea bath to help fight a cold, sore throat, or nasal or chest congestion, you may want to turn the hot shower on for a few minutes first to create a nice, steamy environment for your healing bath.
Back in the kitchen again, strain the ginger out of the tea, and carefully transport the fragrant liquid to the bathroom.
Pour the ginger tea into the tub, add the Epsom salts (if you're using them), and swish the tea and the salts around in the bath water. Then, in you go! (Check first to make sure it's a good temperature for you - add a bit of cool water if the tea made the bath water too hot.)
Lie back and relax in the bath, and inhale the fragrant, healing vapors. Remember to take a sip of your drink every once in a while to stay hydrated.
Bathe for up to 20 minutes but, if you begin to feel a bit dizzy or lightheaded, end your ginger tea bath early (be very careful stepping out of the tub!).
Dry yourself thoroughly after your bath, and then wrap yourself up in something cozy, like a fluffy robe. Why not crawl into bed with a good book and a cup of tea to continue your relaxation after your ginger tea bath?
You may continue to perspire for a while after the bath - that's just ginger's detox properties continuing to work!
A ginger tea compress can provide soothing, natural relief from a variety of bothersome aches and pains, such as headaches, bruises, tender arthritic joints, carpal tunnel, menstrual cramps, or post-exercise muscle pain. This compress can also help to reduce stiffness and swelling.
To make a ginger tea compress, combine 1/2 cup grated or very thinly sliced washed, peeled ginger with 2 - 3 cups of just-boiled fresh, clean water in a medium-sized bowl.
Cover the tea, and let it steep and cool until just warm to the touch. Using a slotted spoon, remove the ginger from the tea.
Submerge a soft cloth or fluffy towel in the tea until the cloth is completely saturated. Remove the cloth from the bowl and squeeze out the excess liquid.
Gently apply the warm, soothing compress to the painful area (if the compress is too hot, be sure to let it cool a bit more before using). Relax and rest quietly while the ginger tea compress comforts and heals your body.
Because teas and herbal tisanes are so delicious enjoyed as a beverage, we tend to forget that these amazing healers can provide so many benefits when used topically, too! Ginger tea baths and compresses are other effective ways that we can enjoy the help and healing that ginger can provide.
Why not plan to try this relaxing, aromatic recipe for ginger tea bath tonight before bed? Your body, your mind, and your spirit will thank you!