Green tea has natural soothing and antibacterial properties that are perfect for treating sunburns, dry inflamed skin, or even as a foot soak for tired feet.
This recipe makes a natural, all-purpose astringent and antibacterial solution and is a good way to use green tea past its prime in freshness. Use only organic, unflavored green tea. This recipe is for a concentrated strength solution and is NOT for drinking!
Here are a few uses for green tea skin soother solution:
- To sooth minor sunburn, soak a piece of cotton cloth in the cold green tea solution and then apply the wet cloth on the sunburned area. Keep the cloth on for about 15 minutes until the burned area begins to cool.
- Use as a cooling, refreshing bath splash; can be used either at room temperature or chilled. Decant green tea solution into spray bottle and spritz on as needed.
- Perk up tired feet by splashing them with green tea solution.
- To freshen up tired eyes, soak cotton pads in cold green tea solution, squeeze out excess, and lay them gently on your eyelids. Let the pad rest on your lids for about ten minutes. Repeat if necessary. This helps to reduce puffiness, red eyes, and eyes fatigued from reading, computer work or other close work.
- Use as a daily facial tonic. Splash or spritz on the face — do not rinse. Pat dry.
- For dry, inflamed skin (such as eczema or heat rash), dip cotton cloth in cold green tea solution, then gently blot affected area with wet cloth for 10 minutes. Do not rinse. Allow the area to dry.
Green Tea Skin Soother Recipe
1 cup loose, organic green tea
1 quart filtered water
In a saucepan, heat water until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, about 3 minutes. Add green tea to water. Allow tea to steep for 20 – 30 minutes.
Strain leaves from liquid and set aside until completely cool. When cool, pour into clean, sanitized bottles and refrigerate. It’s best to prepare solution in smaller quantities and use within a few weeks.