Tea is For Beauty – Inside and Out

Using tea as a beauty treatment is far from new. Being rich in antioxidants, many cultures have used tea to improve their health and beauty for centuries.

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We’ll start with beauty treatments for the outside:

You can use tea to cool down sunburned skin. 

sunburnWhenever you forget your sun protection or take a little too much sun, wet a few tea bags, squeeze out the excess liquid and apply to the affected skin (make sure it isn’t too warm). If you need more than a few tea bags, drop several tea bags into a bath and soak for 10 minutes.

 

You can use tea to relieve puffy eyes or dark circles under the eyes.

tea bags for eyesSoak a couple of tea bags in warm water and place over your eyes for 20 minutes. The tannin in the tea will reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes. The caffeine in the tea will help to shrink the blood vessels under the skin, thus eliminating dark circles under the eyes.

 

 

You can use tea to soothe razor burn.

shaverWet tea bags will soothe the burn and painful nicks and cuts from shaving. Apply a warm tea bag to the affected area and feel the relief.

 

 

You can use tea to color your hair. 

To make your own hair color treatment –

  1. Steep 3 tea bags (or the equivalent amount of loose tea leaves) in 1 cup boiling water.
  2. Let stand overnight then strain.
  3. Shampoo as usual then pour tea over your hair, being sure to really saturate your hair.
  4. Blot with a towel but do not rinse. It may take several treatments to gain desired look.

tea for hair

This hair treatment will not turn black hair into blonde, but will enhance the natural highlights in hair. If you are a blonde, use Chamomile tea. If you are a redhead use Rooibos tea and black hair will benefit with using Black tea with Sage. This natural hair color will also work on those pesky gray hairs.

You can use tea to condition dry hair.

dry hairUse 1 quart (liter) of warm, unsweetened tea as a final rinse after shampooing your hair.

 

 

You can use tea to treat acne.

teenagersGreen tea works on acne both internally and externally. Internally, drink 2 to 3 cups a day. Externally, boil tea leaves then cool until warm. Dip a clean cloth into the tea and apply to the face and other areas. Tap gently for 15 to 20 minutes. Do these treatments for a couple of weeks and you should see quite an improvement.

 

Tea has hundreds of health benefits when consumed.

All teas have these health benefits:

  • helps with weight loss and weight management
  • detoxifies body
  • helps prevent cancers
  • increases bone strength
  • reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases

Each tea has individual health benefits:

tea - green

Green Tea increases metabolism, lowers blood pressure and heals acne.

tea -black

Black Tea manages or prevents diabetes, protects against plague and tooth decay.

 

tea - oolong china

Oolong Tea lowers the risk of high blood pressure and improves eczema.

tea - rooibos

Rooibos Tea (my personal favorite) improves liver health, is naturally caffeine-free, calms and helps with insomnia, can ease headaches and relieve allergy and hay fever symptoms.

So what is your favorite tea or tea treatment?

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Sources: http://www.rd.com/home, http://www.huffingtonpost.com, http://frugallygreen.org, http://www.teatalk.com

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12 thoughts on “Tea is For Beauty – Inside and Out

  1. I prefer green tea when I get sick of coffee. Didn’t know that tea might help with razor burns, now that I actually do have to shave each day again due to my work my skin around the chin and throat is still pretty sensitive to shaving 🙂

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  2. Saz says:

    Quite a few nice tips there!
    I’ve been drinking a fair bit of matcha tea recently, I love the earthy taste.

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  3. What an awesome post!! I love drinking tea but I had no idea of its other benefits. I will be printing this off to save for future reference.

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  4. I love to drink tea but I had no idea if had so many other great uses! I will be orbiting this off for future reference! Great job.

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  5. buntymcc says:

    Interesting, and what rype of tea would you use as a rinse on gray hair?

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    • If you want to ‘dye’ it use the black tea & sage mixture. To rinse out the yellow tinge of grey hair, rinse with mixture of 1 T apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of water. To replace yellow tinge with a light blue/purple tinge make a tea rinse of purple Betony flowers or purple Hollyhock flowers. I couldn’t find anything to enhance the silver in grey hair.
      Hope this helps.

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      • buntymcc says:

        Thanks. I was just curious. I grow sage and can come up with black tea. I may try that. On the other hand I am blessed with unyellowed gray hair and blue rinses went out with my grandmother (or did they?)

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