(Written by Kiley Morrow)
It comes from the camellia sinensis. It comes in green, black, white, and oolong varieties. It includes polyphenols, which is a type of antioxidant. It also has a phytochemical that slows the growth of irregular cells. People have been using it for centuries for its beneficial side effects. Of course, we are talking about tea.
You may have enjoyed being a member of the culture for decades because you know the health benefits of tea. You know that all tea that is sold on the market is not the same quality. You also understand that harvesting, processing, and brewing affects the caliber of the product. While you know these things about the most widely consumed beverage in the world, did you know that it has other uses besides drinking?
Here are other ways to use the camellia sinensis plant that you may not have heard of before now:
While tea cannot be used to keep you from getting a sunburn, it can be used to give you relief from sunburn pain. Make a fresh batch of black tea and let it cool. Apply the cooled beverage to your red skin using a clean cloth. The tannic acid in the tea will help draw the heat from your sunburned skin.
Do your eyes need relief from being in the glaring sun all day? Soak black tea bags in cold water and place them on your eyelids. The teabags will soothe your eyes and reduce inflammation.
Do you (and others around you) suffer from the odor coming from your feet? Perhaps you have tried the foot powders on the market to no avail. Instead, try soaking your feet in a tub of strongly brewed black tea. You may need to repeat the process for 20 minutes every day, of course, in the privacy of your own home. You won’t be embarrassed anymore by your stinky feet.
Your feet aren’t the only stinky things in your home. Have you smelled the inside of your refrigerator recently? Add tea bags instead of baking soda to the inside of your fridge, and the smells will go away in no time.
Speaking of being embarrassed, you may feel like everyone is staring at the angry-looking blemish on your skin. If you are suffering from a boil, blister, or canker sore, cover the sore with a wet tea bag and leave it on overnight. This method is said to draw out infections from the blemishes, which may help them go away faster.
Has your child lost his first tooth? Most kids are so excited about the anticipated visit from the tooth fairy that they forget the pain. Others may be more traumatized by the loss and experience discomfort or bleeding.
If you or a loved one is experiencing painful or bleeding gums, place a cold, wet tea bag on the spot in the mouth.
Remove the impurities from the pores of your skin by using a green tea detox mask. Most of the time, the green color comes from matcha tea, a variety known for its purity. Since all matcha tea on the market is not of the highest quality, make sure you are using a product prepared in small batches with organic ingredients. You don’t want to cover your face with just any mask until you know the source of each component.
Since we are on the subject of removing impurities, you can also use a steam bath of herbal teas to open the pores of your skin. Although the herbs can vary, consider using eucalyptus, lemon balm, and sage. This combination will smell wonderful and calm you after a long week at work. It may also help relieve any congestion you are experiencing.
Once you have opened up your pores using an herbal tea steam bath, you may want to make an exfoliant to remove the dead skin from your face. Add loose-leaf tea to your favorite mild body wash. You will remove the dead skin from deep inside the pores while your skin comes into contact with powerful antioxidants.
Don’t throw away all of those tea bags and tea leaves that you used for your home remedies. Instead, throw them into your compost. Tea helps speed up the composting process.
From foot smells to face masks, there are plenty of uses for camellia sinensis that you may have never considered. Keep trying all the varieties of black, white, oolong, and green teas on the market too.
Written by Kiley Morrow