A morning cup of tea is a must-have for many households, but did you know that it can also be used in the bathroom? Black tea from Myanmar has many wonderful properties that can help your hair and skin. Here are a few ways to use your tea leaves after you’re done with your drink.
- Stinky feet deodorizer: Are your feet… smelly? Having them cooped up all day inside of your shoes can leave them sweaty and less than pleasantly scented. Your tired tootsies and your family will thank you when you soak your feet in a daily tea bath. Brew up a few cups of strong tea and pour it into a foot basin. Then, sit back and relax as the tannins in the tea eat the odor.
- All natural way to combat grays: Gray hair happens as we age, and we don’t have to soak our scalps in chemicals to hide them. Create natural hair dye for darker colored hair by steeping 3 tea bags in boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary and sage, and let sit overnight. Shampoo your hair, using your everyday product, and then pour the tea mixture over your hair. Make sure it gets all of the hair, and don’t get any on your clothes. This will stain natural fibers and fabrics. Repeat for the next few days, until you get the results you want.
- Soothe your burns: Ouch! Your mother told you to be patient, but you just had to move that teakettle. Great news-your wet bag can be placed on your minor burns to stop the pain. If you stayed out in the sun too long, you can add tea bags or cooled tea to your bathwater and soak away the aches.
- Dark circles, go AWAY: Had a long night or need a refresher before starting one? Tea bags can help reduce the appearance of bags and dark circles under your eyes. Brew a cup of tea or two, and lay down with the cooled tea bags over your eyes for about 20 minutes. When you get up, you will feel better and your eyes will look much brighter.
Those are just a few of the uses for black tea, other than drinking. This versatile beverage has been around for millennia, and will be here for ages to come.
April 01, 2014