By now, we’re all pretty familiar with the concept of tea as a healthy beverage — the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants are well known for their anti-aging properties. Plus, tea tastes so good! But we don’t just want to drink our tea. Oh, no, we want our relationship to go so much deeper than that. Light some candles and play a little soft music, because we’re taking our tea to the spa for a couple’s massage.
Tea Time, Home Spa Style
It’s actually becoming quite common to walk into a spa or salon and see at least one treatment that uses tea. In fact, some spas specialize in tea treatments. But, hey, I’m just an average, busy person whose working times don’t match up well with spa hours. What can I, and people like me, do to relax at home and get a little more intimate with our tea?
Take a bath in it. Yup, that’s right, instead of a bubble bath you can totally take a tea bath. Simply add six tea bags — or a sachet with six teaspoons of loose leaf tea — to the tub as you’re filling it with warm water. Soak and luxuriate (while drinking your favorite cup of tea, of course!).
Use tea to rinse your hair. Chamomile herbal tea helps brighten blondes, while black tea rejuvenates brunettes. Pour the cooled tea over your hair, then let it soak for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.
Steam your face. Herbals, especially, are wonderful for pulling toxins out of the skin. Put two tablespoons of tea in a bowl and add four cups boiling water (we love using our Sunshine in a Cup Tea because it smells so good!). Using a towel to trap the steam, put your face over the bowl for anywhere from 5-15 minutes. This would be a great time to meditate, hint, hint.
Make a mask. You can use tea and other common beauty products to create wonderful, simple, but truly luxurious masks, scrubs, and toners that will make your skin radiant. This is actually my favorite thing to do with tea aside from drinking it, so I’ve included some recipes below to get you started.
Creamy Tea Mask
Not only does this mask help dab up excess oil in the skin, but it also exfoliates! I used organic green tea for mine, but you can use whatever tea you’d like.
- 3 tablespoons rice flour
- 3 tablespoons tea, brewed and cooled
- 1 tea bag or loose tea from brewing
Over a small bowl, cut open the tea bag you used to brew your tea, or empty the tea leaves from your tea ball or strainer. Add in flour and tea, stirring well to form a thick paste. If needed, add a little more tea or flour to get a consistency you like. Mask should ideally be used right away, but it can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for several days.
To use: Apply mask thickly to face. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes, or until it has dried. Wash off with warm water and a cloth using gentle, circular motions. Finish up with Tea Toner and a bit of your favorite moisturizer.
Luxurious Matcha Mask
Green tea powder, or matcha, is usually reserved for drinking and is most commonly associated with Japanese tea ceremony. However, it’s also absolutely wonderful on your skin! This mask uses just a little bit of matcha to deliver vitamins and antioxidants for a glowing complexion.
- 1/2 teaspoon organic matcha powder
- 2-3 tablespoons lotion
In a small dish, mix matcha and lotion together until smooth. Store in a sealed container for up to a week.
To use: Apply mask, as thick as you like it, to face. Allow to sit for 10-20 minutes, then wash off with warm water and a cloth. Finish up with Tea Toner.
Lavender Tea Body Scrub
Use this scrub in the shower or bath to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin. You might want to use our Reading Nook Tea, which already has lavender in it.
- 4 teaspoons tea
- 2 teaspoons dried lavender buds
- 4 teaspoons raw sugar
Combine all ingredients in a small container, mixing well. Keeps indefinitely in a sealed container.
To use: Wet skin, then massage scrub into skin using gentle, circular motions. Rinse and dry, then follow up with Tea Toner and moisturizer.
This simple toner cleanses, soothes, and refreshes the skin. Feel free to use whatever tea and essential oil blend you’d like.
- 1/4 cup tea, brewed and cooled
- 1/4 cup witchhazel
- 1-2 drops essential oil
Combine ingredients in a small jar or spray bottle. Store in the fridge for up to one week.
To use: Shake well. Apply to skin with a cotton ball or by spritzing.
All photos are courtesy of the author.