Mother Nature has given us some incredible ingredients to help our bodies stay fresh, young and healthy both on the inside and out, and it would be a shame not to reap their full benefits.
Of all the organic solutions, you can find at your local shops or right in your pantry if you’re lucky, tea is perhaps the most versatile. All its varieties help in one way or another, but black tea has been unanimously revered by Eastern holistic medicine for centuries for its incredible properties and effects on the human body.
Not many people know this, but by using an infusion of the finest organic black tea on various areas of the body, you can combat a lot of problems that you might face. This extends beyond your complexion, and you will soon find out how and why. Here are the four most essential beauty benefits of black tea.
When you want to cleanse your skin properly and wash away the day’s impurities, there is nothing better than an astringent solution to do the job. A simple Earl Grey infusion makes for a great face wash that gets right in your pores and gets rid of any dirt, dust or excess sebum that might have gathered there. And if you’re feeling brave, you can add other ingredients to it too.
The perfect homemade recipe for one is known as the ‘British witch astringent’, for reasons that will become clear in a minute. Add two tea bags to ¼ cup boiled water and let the whole thing steep until it cools down. Then, add ¼ witch hazel to the mix and refrigerate it for ten straight days. After that, it’s ready to use.
More and more people nowadays experience the plight of undereye puffiness and dark circles. This happens due to various health-related conditions, but the most common cause behind it is the lack of sleep, which is something many of us are guilty of. And when you aren’t well-rested, not even the best concealer in the world can help you save face.
Fortunately, using black tea bags in the under eye area has multiple benefits. First of all, the caffeine and tannins in it constrict the blood vessels and capillaries under the skin, which reduces puffiness. Furthermore, this treatment also helps brighten the area over time. If you haven’t been getting enough sleep lately, then you know how important these two things are.
Because it is full of flavonoids, tannins, and caffeine, black tea is an excellent treatment for the skin. And out of all the skin types out there, acne-prone complexions are the ones who can benefit most from its property. To reduce the appearance of any blemishes or troublesome areas, merely rub a warm tea bag on the area for five minutes at a time.
In addition, black tea bags can also be used as one of many natural remedies for herpes. Thanks to the anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties of tannins, placing a fresh cool tea bag on the infected area three times a day helps speed up the healing process of the sores. They usually fade on their own anyway, but if you want to speed it up, you’ve got this great alternative.
Did you know that black tea is actually one of the most effective natural remedies for foot odor? This property is drawn from the beneficial effects of tannic acid, which is a potent substance that kills smell-producing bacteria and closes the pores while helping your feet sweat less in the process.
The best way to use the breakfast drink’s full potential to your advantage is by soaking your feet in a warm and pleasant bath.
Ideally, you should keep them there for at least 15 minutes, but the ideal duration is 30 minutes. You should repeat this daily to keep the nasty smells at bay.
And if you want an extra boost of freshness, you can also rub some essential oils on the area. Lavender, lemon, mint and tea tree all work great, but remember to add them to a base. They are volatile substances.
Black tea has amazing health and beauty benefits on the entire body, but its most famous uses have to do with keeping the complexion clear, glowing and fresh.
However, if the need arises, you can also use it to keep your feet smelling clean, which is great news for those struggling with unpleasant odors in the area.
Mike Jones is a Boston-based health and beauty writer for Home Remedy Shop, who encourages everyone to embrace the healing power of nature for common and not life-threatening diseases. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_jones35.
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