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Black Tea Beauty and Health Remedy Tips
Submitted by Courtney on Sat, 01/30/2010 - 22:03
You’ve heard a lot about green tea, but did you know that black tea also does a body good? Not only is it beneficial for our heart health (lowered cholesterol and good for stroke prevention) but it is also beneficial for our beauty too. Here are some of the best ways you can use black tea to keep yourself naturally gorgeous.
Use some Black Tea for Black Eyes
Need a quick fix for those puffy eyes and dark under eye circles? Scour your kitchen cupboard and grab a couple of black tea teabags. Make two cups of tea using the tea bags, and then place them in your fridge over night. Set your alarm to wake up 10-20 minutes earlier than you usually would in the morning. When your alarm awakens you from your slumber, run to the kitchen and grab those teabags. Place them over your eyes, and relax for another 10 to 20 minutes. Remove the tea bags and wash your face as usual.
NOTE: Though you may be tempted to drink the tea that came from those teabags the night before, consider this a warning: black tea has CAFFEINE. So unless you feel like being up late and watching awful infomercials, either put that tea down the drain or keep the tea in the fridge to be reheated in the morning.
Be Blemish-Free with Black Tea
If you can feel a pimple coming on, break out the black tea! Simply steep a black tea teabag in hot water for several minutes. Remove the teabag, and when it is warm, place it directly over the blemish. Relax for 5 to 10 minutes, and remove the teabag. Do not rinse the tea off of your blemish, as the tea will continue to fight off the impurities that are causing that blemish for you throughout the day.
As a Natural Astringent
Black tea is fantastic for our skin. For use as an astringent, all you need to do is make some tea and then splash the warm or cool tea water on your face. It’s just that easy!
NOTE: Studies are beginning to show that both black and green tea, when applied to the face, go a long way in helping prevent skin cancer. Using these teas as an astringent on your face is a benefit that no marketed brand can ever offer!
A Safe Sunburn Remedy
In addition to your Aloe Vera applications, try making a cold black tea compress. To do this, all you need to do is to boil 2 cups of water and then add 4 tea bags. Steep for an hour and then refrigerate until the water is cool. Grab a clean cloth or cotton swap and soak it in the cool tea. Apply it to your sunburn and hold it in place for about 15 minutes. As with the blemish remedy above, DO NOT RINSE. Continue this for up to 4 times a day.
NOTE: If baths are your thing, throw 5 or 6 black tea teabags into your tub of warm water and enjoy your soak!
Black Tea for Bug Bites
Got an itchy bite that you just can’t seem to stop scratching? Make some tea and cool off the teabag in the refrigerator. When it is cool, apply it directly to the bite and hold it there for several minutes. Remove and do not rinse. You will notice that your bug bite is both less itchy and far less swollen.
Can you believe that these remedies are just the tip of the ice burg for what black tea can do for you? Check out other natural health benefits that black tea offers, such as using it for highlighting your hair, keeping your feet smelling oh-so-sweet and as a lip moisturizer.
photo by Wendy Pastorius
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