Green tea is known to help with weight loss, depression, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, YOU NAAAAAME IT! Green Tea’s got a long rap sheet when it comes to health benefits but my favorite thing about green tea is that it tastes good. A fresh, hot brew is the perfect way to wind down at the end of a long day. With a touch of honey and a few ice cubes, then you’ve got crisp, cool refreshment to which no pop could ever compare. From cocktails to mock-tails, both hot and cold, there are several ways to enjoy green tea as a beverage, but in my second contribution to the Nickel Bag Blog I’m going to share a few ways to put Ivy Tea Co.’s Green Bae to work by thinking outside the cup.
Not them bath salts, the real ones.
One of my favorite ways to beat the winter cold is a nice warm soak in the bathtub. From big box stores like Walmart to the kitschy crafters you can find on Instagram and Etsy, there are all sorts of products available to enhance your bath time experience; however you need look no further than your kitchen cabinet.
1 cup of epsom salt
3 tbsp of Green Bae
- Add the salt and tea to the water as you fill the tub.
- Once the tub is full insert one cold and achy body, soak for at least 20 minutes.
- Emerge feeling so, so, so, so, so, so, so good, good, good, good, good, good.
Tea leaves are essentially herbs and, just like rosemary or oregano, can be used in many different types of food prep. One of the easiest ways to start incorporating tea into your recipes is by using brewed tea in place of plain water. Making a pot of rice? Use green tea instead of water. This is a simple way to familiarize yourself with the tea’s flavor profile and decide how it works with the other foods you eat. Next you can use it as a base for making soups and eventually you’ll be sprinkling tea leaves right into a pan of sautéed veggies or grinding them into a powder to add to a quick batch of cookies.
Here’s a quick recipe for a creamy salad dressing using Ivy Tea Co.’s Green Bae.
1/2 cup water
3 tsp Green Bae
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp honey (or agave if that’s your thing)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp Greek yogurt
- Brew the Green Bae in 1/4 cup of water and let it chill in the freezer.
- While the tea chills, prep the remaining ingredients.
- Once the tea has chilled, combine all the ingredients in a small mason jar and shake until well blended
- To level up, add a pinch of the brewed tea leaves to the blend.
The caffeine and antioxidants in green tea are really good for your skin. Here’s a quick and easy way to get some of these benefits with Green Bae with a facial toner.
Green Bae tea leaves
- Brew your tea, any amount you want.
- Let it cool.
- Add to a spray bottle.
- Spray on your face after you wash it (but before you moisturize).
- Optional: Add a few Green Bae leaves to your spray bottle.
You can also use those little cotton pads to apply it to your face, if you don’t have a spray bottle. This is a great option to take advantage of a second brew with your tea leaves instead of tossing them in the trash. Make a new batch every week and store it in the fridge to keep it fresh. During the hot summer months, keep a bottle with you as a refreshing way to keep cool during all those concerts and festivals.
So, break out your Green Bae or place your order for some today, so you can think outside the cup.
Jay is a writer and tea lover. Jay will be regularly blogging for Ivy's Tea Co.'s Nickel Bag Blog. Her blogs will surround alternative uses for Ivy's Tea Co. teas. This is her first article on the Nickel Bag Blog.