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Breathe “Tea-sy”

Since I truly have learned to enjoy lavender (because at first I wasn’t so sure), I have found a great way to use the herb. This is an easy “DIY Spa” for you to try at home.

Lavender is a great skin cleanser and healer. The antiseptic properties help by disinfecting blemishes before repairing and restoring the skin tissue. Simply follow these simple and easy steps to create this mini-spa in your own home.

-Start by adding a lavender tea bag or about ¼ cup of dried lavender buds to a bowl.
-Boil about 2-4 cups of water, and pour it over your lavender in the bowl.
-Cover the bowl with a large, clean towel for about five minutes, then put your face over the bowl and drape the towel over the back of your head. *Make sure the steam isn’t too hot!
-Let it steam clean your face, and just breathe in the soothing aroma for about 10 minutes.

Other Suggestions:

-Add 1 part mint leaves to relieve nasal and chest congestion.
-Research and add some of your other favorite herbs; about 1 part each.
-Add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to intensify the benefits (such as eucalyptus oil).
-Light a candle and put on soothing music to make it feel even more like a “spa”.
-Reuse your tea leaves after you brew a cup to “breathe tea-sy”.

Source: 20,000 Secrets of Tea. Victoria Zak. 1999. Dell Publishing

Kelley Scruby is the owner of Do You Tea? in Hoboken, New Jersey. As the owner of a small, loose leaf tea business, Kelley is passionate about educating her customers on the benefits that come from drinking loose leaf tea. With a background at a major tea company, she was able to become an expert on the versatility of the beverage and is inspired in her own creations by the changing of the seasons and also desserts. Kelley created Do You Tea? with the confidence that she can help find a tea blend that works for any of her customers’ and palate. As Do You Tea? continues to grow, Kelley hosts events and tastings that add a more interactive approach to the expansive world of loose leaf teas. Do You Tea? hopes to have a truck out on the streets of the NYC metro area soon! You are able to purchase her seasonal blends and gift sets online at www.doyoutea.com and follow her on instagram and twitter @doyoutea for updates on tastings and new blends. Please email requests and questions to doyoutea@gmail.com.

The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.