Beneficial, Soothing Ginger Tea Bath and Compress

A comforting ginger tea bath and reparative ginger tea compress are other effective ways to enjoy this tea's benefits for wellness. Ginger tea is much more than a delicious, healthful beverage - this herbal tea can provide incredible topical and aromatherapy benefits, too. 

We have discovered so much about how including tea in our daily diet can be good for us. But the benefits of tea don't end there... Many teas are exceptionally helpful when used topically, as well, such as in a tea bath, foot soak, facial steam, compress, or skincare products. 

If you've been thinking of giving tea's topical benefits a try, you may love how a ginger tea bath or compress makes you feel. 

Ginger Tea Compress

Apply a ginger tea compress to help with relieving various aches and pains, such as tender joints, carpal tunnel, menstrual cramps, headaches, or post-exercise muscle pain. This compress can also encourage stiffness and swelling to dissipate. 

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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 tender area (if the compress is too hot, let it cool more before using). Relax and rest quietly while the ginger tea compress comforts and restores your body.

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Ginger Tea Bath

Why a Ginger Tea Bath? 

If you haven't tried a tea bath before, here are some reasons why you may consider treating yourself to a ginger tea bath. 

  • A fragrant ginger tea bath will leave you smelling sweet and feeling cleansed and revitalized.
  • The lovely spicy scent of a ginger tea bath not only encourages relaxation, but can help to reduce the negative effects of a stressful day on your body and your mind, as well.
  • Ready for some detoxification? Ginger tea's natural warming properties encourage perspiration, helping your body eliminate toxins.
  • Reduce body odor by bathing in ginger tea. A ginger tea foot bath is a refreshing, effective way to lessen foot odor, too.
  • If you're feeling chilled after a cold, rainy, or snowy day, sink into this tea bath to soothe and warm your body

Tea baths for delicate skin

Ginger tea added to a bath can irritate sensitive skin, so, if you have delicate skin, you may want to consider another beneficial tea bath instead, such as a chamomile tea bath or a Rooibos tea bath

  • A warming bath with ginger tea may bring relief from a cold, cough, or congestion, and can also help to ease various aches and pains
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Recipe for Ginger Tea Bath

You'll need...

  • 3 cups fresh, clean water
  • 2 - 3 inch piece of good-quality, young, fresh ginger root
  • A clean bathtub, ready to fill with very warm water
  • A glass of cool water or another refreshing beverage to sip during your bath (to ensure you're well hydrated while bathing)
  • A soft, fluffy towel nearby, in case you need to wipe perspiration from your face during the bath, and another bath towel for drying yourself afterwards
  • Optional - 1 - 2 cups Epsom salts, for additional detoxification and relaxation benefits

For your ginger tea bath...

First, cut away any old or damaged bits from the ginger, and rinse it well. Scrape or peel away the ginger's skin with a knife or the edge of a spoon, and then grate or very thinly slice the ginger.

Combine the ginger and 3 cups of water in a saucepan. Cover the tea (to retain its beneficial properties), and bring it to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer the covered tea gently for 15 - 20 minutes.

While the ginger tea is simmering, fill your bath tub with comfortably warm water. If you're taking a tea bath to help with a scratchy throat, cold, or congestion, you could turn the hot shower on for a few minutes first to create a nice, steamy environment for your therapeutic 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. 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.

Ginger Tea Foot Soak

Not only is a ginger tea foot soak a very effective way to lessen foot odor, it may also help to ease the itching and burning that can accompany athlete's foot. 

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 bath?

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Some Ginger Tea Bath Precautions

A few general precautions about ginger tea baths...

  • Because ginger tea warms the body, stimulates circulation, and encourages detoxification, it's important to stay hydrated during and after your bath. 
  • Ginger tea's warming properties may cause your skin to flush and feel tingly during the bath, and some may even experience a slight 'burning' sensation (particularly in sensitive areas). Be mindful of the strength of the ginger tea you add to your bath until you learn what works best for you. 
  • As ginger tea is such an effective detoxifier, it's suggested that bathing with this herbal tisane be limited to only once or twice per week, at the most. 
  • It's natural to perspire during (and even after) your detoxifying bath. If you begin to feel slightly light-headed as your body releases toxins, end your bath early (and be careful getting out of the tub). 

Other Ginger Tea Recipes

Ginger tea is also refreshing and beneficial served hot or iced, and you'll love the traditional Filipino ginger tea called Salabat.

  • Ginger tea's detox benefits may carry on after your bath and even to the next day, leaving you with a runny nose or your body feeling somewhat achy and tired. To encourage the detoxification process, treat yourself with care, get some extra rest, and drink plenty of fluids. 
  • Check with your trusted healthcare provider first before using tea topically (e.g. in a tea bath) if you are pregnant, taking any medication, or being treated for any condition. And, please do not give an infant or toddler a tea bath without consulting with your healthcare provider first. 

Because teas and herbal tisanes are so delicious enjoyed as beverages, we tend to forget that tea can provide support and pleasure when used topically, too. A tea bath or tea compress is a wonderfully helpful way to enjoy ginger tea's wellness benefits.

Why not plan for a relaxing, aromatic tea bath this evening? Just remember, because a ginger tea bath is such an effective detoxifier, you may feel quite sleepy afterwards. Plan your ginger tea bath close to bedtime, so you can slip into bed after bathing and doze off as soon as you're ready. 

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