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We know the reported health benefits of tea, but what about the beauty benefits? Two main components of tea—caffeine and polyphenols—are key elements that make tea such a wonder for some topical beauty treatments.In the health and beauty world, caffeine is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Products with this ingredient promise to reduce puffiness, diminish redness associated with rosacea, and soothe skin after hair removal treatments and some chemical peels. Polyphenols belong to a group of antioxidant compounds known as catechins that can have a beneficial effect in, and on, the body.

For regular tea drinkers who are surrounded by tea, at Teatopit we say, “use what you have!” to create these easy and no-cost beauty (and mood) boosters.

Eye Compress in a pinch…Tea Bags for Tired Eyes
Busy schedules make spa visits few and far between for many of us, but this doesn’t mean we can’t take a few minutes each day to unwind. When you don’t have cucumbers handy, take two recently used green tea bags, soak them in warm water for a few seconds then place them in the refrigerator for five minutes to cool. Sit back with the bags over your eyes for twenty minutes. Combine the compress with soothing music and deep, relaxing breaths, and see the difference this makes in how you look and feel! This helps reduce puffiness and diminish dark circles.

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Teatopit is based in the northeast, and while we admit that winters can be pretty, the season tends to wreak havoc on our looks. Dry indoor air can make skin and hair brittle and lackluster in appearance. We’ve found a couple of remedies that not only improve our looks, but improve our outlook during the long, cold winter.

Steam Things Up…with a Green Tea Steam Facial
A green tea steam facial is a wonderful way to open pores and rehydrate the skin. Adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender or vanilla are ideal in winter) makes this a completely relaxing and sensory experience, be careful not to fall asleep!

• Fill a large pot with water and bring to a rolling boil.
• Reduce flame and toss in a ¼ cup of green tea leaves (use loose leaves or break open two bags). Let the leaves simmer for 10 minutes.
• Remove the pot from flame and place it on a flat, heat-resistant surface. Add three to four drops of essential oil.
• Lean over the pot with a towel draped over your head, forming a tent.
• Set a timer and allow the steam to work for five minutes.
• Pat your skin dry and splash a gentle toner on your face to close pores.
• Follow with a gentle moisturizer.

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Hair Gets Thirsty Too!

A Black Tea Hair Rinse not only imparts a nice sheen and softness to the hair, some even claim it can reduce shedding—often a symptom of dry scalp. For those of us with dark hair, this rinse also enhances warm tones.

• Fill a large pot or saucepan with 5 cups of water and bring to a rolling boil
• Remove pot from flame and toss in a ½ cup of black tea leaves (use loose leaves or break open four tea bags). Let the infusion steep for at least an hour, overnight is best.
• Shampoo hair and dry with a dark or old towel, as tea can stain. Part hair into two or more sections. Pour the cooled infusion over scalp and hair.
• Cover hair with a plastic cap and wrap it in a towel. Let the treatment sit for no more than an hour. Rinse well and follow with your normal conditioner.
Although this recipe uses black tea, this rinse can be made using green tea. Do you swear by one over another? Let us know, and share your results with us!

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As we approach a new year, the Teatopit family is thinking about the future and our hopes for health, wealth and happiness in all forms. While a nice cup of tea is always a comfort, for hundreds of years, people around the world have found comfort and reassurance in the reading of tea leaves. Since Teatopit is enamored by all things “tea,” we thought we’d look into this practice.

The art of tea leaf reading, also called Tasseography or Tasseomancy, is a form of divination strongly associated with European fortune tellers, though Middle Eastern cultures also practice the reading of coffee grounds. Beginning with molten substances like lead or wax, the practice evolved to tea after it was introduced by Dutch merchants to Europe via trade routes to China.

In a reading, the subject drinks a cup of tea and leaves a bit of liquid in the bottom of the cup. The liquid is swirled a bit in the cup, turned upside down on a saucer and then turned right side up. There are different ways of reading—some readers interpret the patterns and shapes made by the tea leaves, sometimes the negative space between the leaves is read. Special cups, with symbols that may be interpreted using accompanying guides, may also be used. In tea leaf reading, time frame is interpreted by how close the leaves are to rim, closest being the most immediate.

When done alone, tea leaf reading is highly personal and subjective. The objective is to quiet your mind and allow not only your eyes, but your heart, to see the patterns that your leaves make. Interpretation of the patterns is up to you based on the issues you are facing—the meaning of what you see is supposed to resonate with you and hopefully provide clarity. Be sure to use loose tea (bagged leaves are finer) and a teapot with a wide spout so you’ll get enough leaves in your cup, and a rounded cup that will allow leaves to stick to the sides.

After Teatopit feels like we have the hang of this “art,” we look forward to sharing our experiences with you, so be on the lookout for Part II. In the meantime, share  your tea leaf reading pics with us!

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Theodore Roosevelt