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.
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.
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.
If you haven't tried a tea bath before, here are some reasons why you may consider treating yourself to a 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.
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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A few general precautions about ginger tea baths...
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.