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The Benefits of Tea Baths

The Benefits of Tea Baths

If you’ve been a patient of Dr. Parker’s for a while or have been to any of ILIV’s educational talks, you’ve probably heard him recommend taking a “Tea Bath”. 

Why?  Research supports the benefits of Tea because of its many antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities.  

Research supports the benefits of Tea because of its many antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities.  Teas can be used for various therapeutic effects such as anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, immune-enhancing, and more.  Since the skin is the largest organ in the body, a “tea bath” allows the body to absorb the tea and its beneficial nutrients much quicker than you could obtain by drinking tea.

Other benefits of a Tea Bath:

Instructions for Tea Baths

The idea is to combine certain teas and/or herbs that can be simmered and steeped for about 15 minutes and then add these to your bath water. You can put your teas/herbs in a small bag, made from cheesecloth or you can put them directly in a pan with water but you will want to strain the tea leaves through cheesecloth before being added to the bath tub. Bring the tea to a boil and then cover and allow the tea to seep for about 15 minutes. 

If you are real rushed for time you can put the tea leaves in a coffee filter and allow coffee maker and run hot water through them.  This method does not allow for the entire steeping time but the aromatic effects of the tea/herbs would be very useful as well.

Anti-Inflammatory/Anti-Carcinogenic Bath

3-6 Green Tea Bags – or – ¼ to ½ cup loose tea

3-6 Black Tea Bags – or – ¼ to ½ cup loose tea

Soak for 20-30 minutes.  Jets can be used, just be careful that you have the tea tightly secured in the cheesecloth bag to avoid having loose tea in the water. In addition, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the bath water for additional aromatherapy effects or you can add your favorite herbs such as lavender, rosemary or other herbs to the tea leaves while seeping.

Experiment with various combinations and ENJOY!


Research Studies:

National Center for Biotechnology Information

NOW University