How to Tea Stain Paper

A great way to give paper an aged antique look is to tea stain it. Simply by using tea you can give a nice unique antique look to your crafts projects (especially shabby chic and country primitives) and it can be used for all kinds of paper crafts like art journaling and altered art. Tea staining also looks great on labels, hangtags, and stationary.

Tea staining is a very easy and inexpensive way to give a vintage look to your paper crafts. Follow the links below for easy instructions and tips for perfect tea staining.

* The teacup graphic above is from my Tea and Candles Clipart Collection. Do not take this graphic from this post.

Five Herb Teas for Healthy Skin

Many herbal teas have beneficial qualities for the skin and are used in soap, bath teas, bath oils, bath salts, lotions, etc., Not only do they help when used externally in bath and beauty products, but herbal teas also have many skin benefits even when you drink them. Drinking tea has many benefits for your overall health and these teas contain antioxidants which fight free radicals which develop in the skin from exposure to UV rays, pollution, and toxins in our environment. Free radicals damage the skin causing dry skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of skin elasticity. Anti-oxidants fight and can even inhibit the damage caused by free radicals.

Some of these herbal teas also improve and aid digestion which helps the body get rid of toxins. Problematic digestion where toxins are not properly released may result in skin conditions like acne, excema, rosacea, and psoriasis.
Another skin benefit is that many herbal teas do not have caffeine, which is a diuretic. Diuretics make the body flush out excess water (you pee a lot) and can result in your body and skin losing moisture. Dry skin is usually a side effect of diuretics.

Chamomile:Chamomile is rich in anti-oxidants, it has anti inflammatory properties and it also very helpful for digestion problems. Chamomile contains no caffeine.

Ginger:– Ginger tea is very good for digestion and helps the body get rid of toxins, it also has anti-oxidants and contains no caffeine.

Green Tea: Green tea is very rich in strong anti-oxidants called polyphenols. It also has anti inflammatory properties as well. Green tea does contain caffeine but not as much as coffee.

Mint: In addition to containing anti-oxidants, mint tea is very beneficial to digestion and ridding the body of toxins. It also has anti microbial and antiseptic properties. Mint contains no caffeine.

Rosehips: Rosehip tea is rich not only in anti-oxidants but also in vitamin C which strengthens the immune system. Rosehip tea also contains vitamin A and Vitamin E which are also helpful to the immune system and the skin. Rosehips contain no caffeine.

* Please be aware that just because something is natural it doesn’t mean someone may not be allergic to it or that it will not cause side effects.  None of this information is meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care by your physician.

** The graphic above is from my Tea and Candles Clipart Collection. Do not take this graphic from this post.

Theme Garden: Plant an Herbal Tea Garden

Another great idea for a theme garden is to plant an herbal tea garden. There are many herbs that make delicious and relaxing teas and you can plant them together into a wonderful herbal tea garden. And if you’re a tea lover you can have fresh herbs available from your own garden instead of buying them from a store.

Some of the best herbs to make teas are chamomile, lavender, rosemary, lemon verbena, lemon balm, mint, and sage. These are just a few of the great variety of herbs that you can grow and even combine to make delicious tea blends to suit your taste. These herbs are also very fragrant so your tea garden will also smell great too.

A lot of these herbs are easy to grow and as I mentioned in a previous post, they don’t require too much space, as a matter of fact you can grow a gorgeous little container herbal tea garden. When I was in my NY apartment I had my window sills filled with these fragrant little herb gardens. I loved experimenting with pots too so I did the Mediterranean garden pot cans that I discussed in a previous post and I also planted some of my herbs in baskets which was really fun to do.

Follow these links for more information and tips about growing an herbal tea garden: