The beauty magic behind tea
Tea is loaded not just with flavour, but several other properties, tooindia Updated: Feb 22, 2006 16:10 IST
Brew 1/2 cup of tea leaves in two cups of boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Strain the leaves and keep the brewed concoction aside. Cool the liquid and refrigerate. This is a multipurpose brew that soothes sunburns, refreshes puffy and fatigued eyes, cures minor cuts and scrapes and relieves tired feet.
Soak a cotton ball in cold tea brew and apply it to the sunburned area. Leave on for about 15 minutes, or till the area cools down. Repeat three to four times in the day. To soothe tired and puffy eyes, keep used teabags (chilled in the refrigerator) or cotton pads soaked in the cold tea brew, on your eyes.
Keep the pads on your eyelids for about 10 minutes. Brew two cups of tea (without milk) and chill for 15 minutes in the freezer. Mix with a bottle of cold water and soak your feet in it for about 15-20 minutes.
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You could add some mint leaves while brewing the tea or add 4-5 drops of peppermint oil, for an aromatic soak. A great way to pamper your feet after a long day of work.
Mix one teaspoon of fine cornmeal or powdered milk with cooled chamomile tea to form a gentle scrub. Let dry, then gently rub off. The scrub sloughs off all the dead skin. In a small saucepan, warm (do not boil) 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons freshly ground lavender and the dry contents of 2 peppermint tea bags. Massage into scalp over damp hair. Cover hair with shower cap to keep the heat in.
Sit in the sun, if possible, for 20-25 minutes. Shampoo and rinse hair. Repeat this treatment once a month to nourish and strengthen hair. Use black tea as a hair rinse to darken hair and add shine.
Use chamomile herbal tea to bring out highlights in hair. Use tea as a mouthwash. Stash Wintermint Herbal tea (with parsley seed) is a natural breath freshener. Rinse your face with tea. Tea acts as an astringent, so it works well on pimples. Do not wash off.
First Published: Feb 22, 2006 14:45 IST