Green Tea Beauty recipies for St Patricks Day
Celebrate St Patricks Day with our two anti ageing Green Tea Beauty recipies
Teatox Your Skin With This Green Tea & Oatmeal Face Mask
Lately, green tea has been the star ingredient in many beauty products. And for a good reason. It is naturally rich in antioxidants, which helps protect the body from free radical (those horrible fellows, responsible for accelerated ageing and increasing risks of major diseases).
So this beauty DIY is a Green tea & Oatmeal Mask.
- 4 tbsp dry oats
- ½ cup of strong & hot green tea (stronger the better!)
- 1 tsp of honey
Benefits of other Ingredients:
Oatmeal – good for scrubbing, perfect for washing away dead & dry skin
Honey – Humectant (moisture retaining) and anti-bacterial properties
Mix the ingredients together while the green tea is still hot. The mask should be in a thick paste-like form.
By using the mask hot you are forcing pores to open therefore allowing the benefits of the green tea to work into the deeper layers of the skin. There should be plenty of mask to cover your face, neck and shoulder area. If you only wish to cover your face then halve the ingredients. Leave the mask to do its work for at least 20-30 minutes before rinsing off, and finish by moisturising your skin.
Perfect to apply while relaxing in a Green Tea Bath!
Anti-ageing Green Tea Bath Salts\ Handmade Bath Salts
The antioxidant benefits of green tea make a wonderful anti-ageing bath salt soak!
Adding green tea to your bath salts can add a “zen” theme to your bath. The antioxidant rich qualities of green tea will enhance your skin with anti-ageing benefits. Add some quiet moments of meditation or reflection in the bath for a deeply relaxing experience!
Whether giving this handmade bath salt as a gift, or as a gift for yourself, it is sure to be enjoyed as a respite from the stresses and concerns of the day. The hot water of the bath can increase circulation (hydrotherapy), while the Epsom/sea salts soothe sore or tired muscles. Jasmine essential oil has strong & sweet qualities, famous as a night blooming flower. It has anti-depressant and sedative qualities
Green tea can be used in bulk, or by tearing open tea bags. I purchased the Epsom salts in the pharmacy section and sea salt (non-iodine) from the kitchen section of the store. I used food colouring to colour half of the salts green though this part is optional. I also use a muslin bath “sachet” bag to put the baths salts in to avoid messy green tea leaves in the tub. I found the muslin bag at the health food store, along with the jasmine essential oil. An alternate way around this is to brew on the stove 3 or 4 green tea bags in a pot. After 10-15 min, add this directly to the bathwater, along with the salts and jasmine.
Green Tea Bath Salts Recipe: 1 cup Epsom salts, 1 cup Sea salts, 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup bulk green tea, or green tea powder.
12-20 drops jasmine essential oil, 5-8 drops green food colouring (optional). Mix well and sore in an airtight container. Keep in a cool, dark place, as sunlight can degrade essential oil. Directions: use 1 cup per bath. Add to running hot water to dissolve. Sit back and become “one” with the bath!
Easy Bath Tea Bags
Bath tea bath or bath sachets are fun to make and a great way to give yourself some TLC or easy to make gifts.
Flower petals and herbs floating in the tub are pretty, but messy to clean up and clog the drain. That’s where bath tea bags come to the rescue. The warmth of the bath water increases the release of fragrant flowers and herbs.
The easiest way is to toss some traditional drinking commercial tea bags into the bath. A few to consider are green tea, chamomile tea, mint, ginger, rose hip, get creative!
Next, turn to your garden for flowers and herbs, the forest, spice shelf, pantry, or fruit bowl. Collect what you find. Dried or fresh both work:
Use the following singularly or a few of these in combination:
- Orange peel, lemon, or grapefruit
- Oatmeal, grated fresh ginger, seaweed
- Cinnamon sticks, clove buds
- Pine needles, eucalyptus leaves
- Mint, sage, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, lemon balm, lemon verbena
- Rose petals (or hips), lavender, chamomile, marigold, lilac, violets, carnations, Hibiscus, any fragrant flower will work.
- Essential oils drops- about 6 per bag
Lastly, close them. Use commercially made muslin or organza bags with tie strings (reusable), or cheesecloth. Circles of cut cloth fabric also work. Use a string or twist tie to gather up and tie. Sewing a flat “pillow “ shape also works, or even a dryer fabric softener sheet with staples. Enjoy the fragrance and breathe well!