What could be better than enjoying a nice cup of tea in the morning or afternoon? As a tea lover, you will likely know that tea doesn’t just have a wonderful refreshing effect, it is also incredibly healthy. But did you know that there are even more creative ways you can use tea besides drinking it?
People all over the world love to drink tea. No other beverage can refresh our mind and body like tea does, yet it also has a relaxing effect and helps us wind down. What’s more, tea is also one of the healthiest beverages. The valuable compounds contained in tea have helped people stay healthy and maintain a youthful appearance since antiquity. But aside from drinking tea for its delicious taste and dietary advantages, there are even more great uses for tea that you may not know of—each of which doesn’t involve drinking it!
There are many things you can do with tea besides drinking it. You can add it to meals and baked goods, use it to treat minor wounds and inflammation, and even add it to your garden as a fertiliser. These are just some of the creative uses for tea.
Black tea makes an awesome 100% natural glass cleaner. The tannic acids in black tea are very good at dissolving dirt and grease on your windows, mirrors, and everything made of glass. The advantage of using black tea instead of vinegar: it smells much nicer. And compared to ordinary glass cleaners you’d get at the supermarket, it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals or artificial scents. After all, you could even drink this glass cleaner if you want!
Here is an easy black tea cleaner recipe: Brew about 1 cup (250ml) of strong black tea and let it steep for several minutes. To make a black tea glass cleaner with our Uzuma Meraki tea, use about 2 teaspoons of tea leaves for a strong cup. Allow the tea to cool down for about an hour. Fill a spray bottle with your black tea cleaner. Clean your windows with the solution and use a clean and dry cloth to buff.
Both green tea and black tea are rich in valuable compounds boasting powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-ageing properties. Yes, you can enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of tea when you drink it regularly, but you can also apply tea directly to your skin for a beneficial effect. A beauty mask made from tea reduces the appearance of wrinkles, helps you get rid of acne and blemishes, and can also soothe redness, swelling, and irritation, as well as puffy eyes. Both green and black tea feature nutrients that can do wonders to support healthy and beautiful skin. Just try out both and see what works best for you!
Since green tea (such as our Uzuma Mangata) is the least-processed kind, it is particularly rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. The healthful ingredients in green tea can eliminate free radicals, which are harmful substances that damage cells in our body, including our skin. Green tea also has a restorative and healing effect, and its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties make it an effective supplement for skin conditions like acne or dermatitis. Green tea is also rich in vitamins B2, C, and E. These vitamins help nourish and heal the skin, giving it a smooth appearance.
Plus, the caffeine in green tea shrinks the blood vessels around the eyes, effectively treating puffiness and dark circles.
Black tea such as our Uzuma Meraki is very rich in tannins, which are substances that give black tea its dark colour and additional healthful properties. Tannins protect the skin from harmful environmental factors including damage from UV exposure. In this way, black tea helps prevent and reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of premature ageing. The tannins in black tea also improve blood circulation and have an antibacterial effect. This makes black tea very effective for combating inflammation. Likewise, black tea is a good home remedy if you want to lighten up your skin and help with dark spots and blemishes. Like green tea, it also works to reduce puffiness around the eyes.
Adding to the list of applications tea has on the skin, it can be very soothing for sunburn. To make a black tea solution to treat your sunburn, you can simply steep black tea in cool water for several minutes. Your soothing elixir will be ready to use as soon as the water has darkened. Take a cotton ball or clean cloth and soak it in the cool black tea. Apply liberally to your skin, but don’t wipe it off. The tannins in the tea and the cool water will instantly soothe the burning. This remedy works best as soon as you’re back from the sun. You can also apply it before you go to bed so your skin can recover as you sleep.
You can also use tea for treating sweaty and smelly feet. The tannins in tea have an astringent and drying effect that shrinks the sweat glands in your feet. With their antibacterial effect, tannins also kill the bacteria causing the smell.
You can easily make a foot bath with black tea: Add several teaspoons of black tea into a bowl of hot water. Allow the tea to steep for several minutes and wait until the water has cooled down a bit. For best results, use the tea foot bath daily, bathing your feet in the solution for at least 30 minutes every time. The tea foot bath doesn’t just help with sweaty and stinky feet; it is also wonderfully soothing and provides relief for your feet after a long day.
No need for fancy shampoos and conditioners if you want to have beautiful hair! The many nutrients in tea will give your hair a healthy and shiny appearance. Vitamin B softens your hair and helps you with split ends, while the other compounds in tea, such as theanine and catechins, support the growth of strong and healthy hair. If your hair is dull and dry, the vitamin C in tea makes it soft and shiny.
This is how you can easily make a tea hair rinse: Using a strainer or tea filter, brew 1–2 cups of tea and steep the leaves for several minutes. Remove the strainer with the tea leaves and allow the tea to cool down to room temperature. You can rinse your hair with the tea solution or apply it directly. Liberally apply the tea to your scalp and hair. You can leave it in; no need to rinse your hair with water. A hair cleanser made from black tea also works as a natural hair dye—perfect so you can darken up those pesky greys!
There are many good reasons why you should drink tea, but that’s not all there is to it! Aside from the beneficial effects of drinking tea, it has many more good uses. From treating brittle hair to soothing sunburn and helping you get smooth skin, the beneficial uses of tea are almost unlimited. Try them out and discover for yourself!