Did you know that you could use tea to potentially improve your health without actually drinking it? The crazy thing is that the tea leaf is so chock-full of healthy antioxidants that its healing powers can be tapped into without even ingesting it! How? Here are a few ways you might have never even considered.
1. Bathe In It
What’s more relaxing than tea? A warm bath, maybe.
What if you could combine the two?
Adding six to eight bags of green tea to hot bath water is a great way to take advantage of your tea bags without sipping it. All you have to do is add the tea bags to your bath about 30 minutes before you are ready to get in. Just be sure to fill the tub with water hotter than you want it to be when you want to actually get in — that way, the tea will steep better and it will still be warm after you wait.
This stress-relieving bath will help soothe any aching muscles you may have as well as any skin conditions or open wounds. The vitamins in green tea can also help to keep your skin soft and youthful-looking.
To make this an extra special experience, try lighting some candles and putting on your favorite relaxing music: You’ll feel like a new person in no time at all.
2. Relieve Tired, Puffy Eyes
Lack of sleep, stress, sickness, and hangovers can make your eyes look sleepy.
Once again, tea is here to save the day.
All you have to do is steep two green or black tea bags in hot water for about five minutes. Squeeze out all the water from the tea bags then place them in the fridge for about 15 minutes (or until they are nice and cool).
Then, find a relaxing spot to lay down with your face up and place the cooled tea bags over your eyes. Make sure to cover the area under eye (as that is the usual source of most puffiness). In 15 – 30 minutes, take off the tea bags to reveal beautiful and sparkling eyes.
3. Make A Mouthwash
While tea may be your taste bud’s best friend, peppermint tea can be a great friend to your entire mouth for a number of reasons.
Brewed with a teaspoon of salt, peppermint tea can be used as a mouthwash to disinfect your gums, freshen your breath, and even help relieve any pain from toothaches. (You can also place the tea bags directly to the affected area for a more targeted pain reliever.)
4. Treat Acne And Soften Wrinkles
Want youthful-looking, glowing skin? If so, you should definitely consider adding tea to your skincare regimen.
All you need is a paper towel and some cool green tea: Soak the paper towel in tea and squeeze out any extra. Then, lie down and apply the cool towel to your face, pressing around the curves and into the crevices.
Rest the towel on your face and allow the tea to absorb into your skin. Do this for about 20 minutes. The antioxidants can help keep your skin looking youthful and help balance the hormones that cause acne.
5. Wash, Rinse, Repeat
As you saw, you can bathe in tea and reap the benefits. But that’s not all tea can do for you during your bath or shower…
For example, you can use green tea with castile soap and olive oil to make a shampoo for your hair. You can even jazz it up with some sweet-smelling jasmine or rose petals!
You can also add green tea to coconut oil, avocado, and honey for a deep conditioning mask for your hair. Just allow it to sit for a couple of hours or overnight. (You can use green tea as a finishing rinse for your scalp, too.)
The next time you feel like cozying up with a nice warm cup of tea, don’t forget about all the different ways you can use it without drinking it.
As an old Chinese proverb says: “Better a week without food than a day without tea.”