Yes, you read that right!
It’s not bath milk or bubbles, it’s just simply tea, and we’re about to understand the numerous benefits - with some tea soak recipes. Tea has numerous benefits, but you don’t have to drink it to reap the rewards!
When did it begin?
There’s a tale of the lost city of Mohenjo-Daro which had been abandoned around the 19th century due to the declining Indus Valley Civilization of Pakistan. Mohenjo-Daro held what is known as “The Great Bath”, made from baked clay bricks, this was the beginning of what we come to enjoy as a relaxing aromatic tub soak.
It was here that aromatic botanicals were added to bathwater for their therapeutic and soothing benefits. Soon after the Middle East, Mediterranean regions and even North Africa joined in this luxurious practice. And how can we not mention the Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, who used rose petals in her milk baths and other aromatics like frankincense, various nut oils and other aromatics plant perfumes?
Today modern civilization has discovered the power of soaking in a bath every now and then and Bruu wants to introduce you to the world of bathing in tea. The rest as they say is history.
The benefits of a tea soak:
Whilst drinking tea eases a lot of stress, tension and can even cure headaches, bathing in tea has plenty more to offer our skin- this is what is known as topical absorption.
Let’s list a few benefits:
- Detoxification of the skin.
- Reduces inflammation, and soothes and softens the texture of your skin.
- Relaxes irritated muscles and reduces muscle pain/
- It is cleansing for your skin as well, whilst detoxing it also helps to close your pores.
- Assists with healing sunburn.
- The antioxidants in the tea are ideal for anti-ageing properties.
- Helps your skin to recover from environmental negative triggers.
- Some teas like Chamomile are antibacterial, which helps immensely with reducing scars and marks all over your body, to name a few benefits.
- And last but certainly not least, it is also the perfect aromatic “me-time” escape plan :)
The best teas for your ultimate soak:
Chamomile- When you think about drinking this tea, they are known for their calming, relaxing and soothing abilities. Some people even use this to ease them into sleep; Now imagine your body’s largest organ- your skin in the tub soaking with chamomile! A similar phenomenon takes place and after being exposed to harsh sunlight, dry winter conditions, environmental germs and irritants, that’s exactly what your skin, mind and senses need.
Green Tea- There’s a reason this is a popular pick for a tea bath and that’s mainly due to its detoxifying agents that help to cleanse and heal the skin. Talk about cleansing from the inside out, now you can join this trend also and your skin will thank you for it later.
Black Tea- Let’s establish that Black Tea is different from taking a normal tea bag and brewing it without adding milk, that’s not it, instead it is a special type of tea that has a higher oxidation concentration than your normal blends, like Yellow, oolong, normal white tea leaves and even green tea. Due to this, it is much stronger in flavour, which makes it perfect for a bath soak.
Let’s create a tea bath:
There are some popular herbal picks I’ve highlighted for a tea bath, like rose, lavender, thyme, rosemary and even eucalyptus.
Try our Blend Your own Tea kit, where you can choose the tea you want and create the most aromatic experiences your body, mind and senses will ever thank you for.
Get yourself an airtight glass jar and to it add the following ingredients:
½ cup Epsom salts,
2 tablespoons green tea leaves,
¼ cup dried rosemary leaves,
½ cup dried flower petals of your choice, 2 tablespoons dried lemon zest (optional).
Give this a good mix and when you’re ready for that soak take out 2 tablespoons of your mixture and tie it in a cotton or cheesecloth (tight with string), throw the ball in your bath and let the world simply disappear as that first toe dips into what is soon to become a true symphony of all your senses. Perfect time to press play on some soothing, calming soundtracks (Spotify is a perfect platform, with uploaded playlists ready on the go).
Just as we take as much effort in taking care of our facial skin with exfoliators, moisturising creams, etc, our body especially those who suffer from back acne and those who have scars they’d wish would go away needs to be taken care of. The magic of bathing in tea is inexpensive, long-lasting and truly powerful.
The options are endless and so is your imagination, so enjoy your favourite cup in your favourite soak. Sign up for a subscription and begin your tea journey with us.
Healthy interior, happy and healthy exterior.