Knowing what we know about global warming and the environment, tea bags belong in the past. Make way for tea powder, everyone! Tea powder is a better and less wasteful way to make tea, not to mention that it’s faster too! And the best part is that there are a lot of unusual uses for tea powder that can be life-changing!
1. Treat Yourself To Some Delicious Iced Tea
It’s one of the most pleasant drinks to have during the summer, and you can make any version you like. Tea powder makes it even easier to create the perfect iced tea, and you can get creative and add your own personal touch, like small pieces of watermelon, a thinly sliced melon, or even some mint leaves. But if you don’t know where to start, here is a recipe. List of Ingredients:
- Instant tea powder
- 6 Ice cubes
- 1 Cup of water (cold)
- A sliced lemon (to your liking)
- 2 Tablespoons of lemonade
- Something to add sweetness (optional)
How to make it: If you want to add any sweeteners to your homemade beverage, that’s the first thing to go in the glass. Proceed by pouring a pinch of instant tea powder into the glass and add the cold water right after. Stir until it’s all mixed up, and then add the lemonade and the ice cubes.
Depending on how much you like lemon, add a few slices to your glass – the more you add, the stronger the taste. Give it a final stir and enjoy!
2. Tea Hair Coloring
Among all the things to do with tea, we can almost bet that you never considered coloring your hair as an option. However, tea powder is a great way to change the color of your hair. If you want to try some DIY hair lightening, use chamomile tea, but if your goal is to get darker hair, black tea is recommended.
Different types of tea will get you different results, and it’s up to you to decide which look suits you the best. And remember, the results will be better if the tea is more concentrated. The application is very simple:
make yourself a cup of tea using two tablespoons of tea powder and allow the beverage to cool off before applying to your hair. You can apply the tea directly, or you can mix it with a bit of hair conditioner. Let it sit for 20 minutes and wash your hair as usual afterward.
3. Add Tea To Your Smoothies
Smoothies are here to stay! Nutritious and delicious, they are the perfect breakfast-on-the-go. You can make smoothies from those fruits that are too ripe to be eaten, or from those veggies you have forgotten about in your fridge, so it’s also a great alternative to fight waste.
The good news is that by incorporating a bit of tea powder into your smoothies, you can get that antioxidant factor that will do wonders for your health. Green tea smoothies are your best ally if you are trying to get in shape.
4. Make Soap And Oils From Tea Powder
Have you ever considered making your own tea oils and tea soap? Well, newsflash, you can! When you make tea, the flavors and fragrances will seep into the water – these will happen when you add tea to your homemade soaps, changing their scent and creating unique, homemade fragrances.
How to make soap out of tea powder: You can regulate the intensity of the scent and the color of the soap by how strong you choose to make your tea. Melt a bar of soap and then proceed to mix the brewed tea and to stir it all together until the liquid soap is fully homogeneous. While you are mixing the tea and the melted soap, make sure the mixture reaches a temperature of 130ºF. You should then distribute the soap into your preferred molds and let it cool down until it becomes solid.
5.Make Tea Cupcakes
And to end this surprising list on a sweet note, we have tea cupcakes! Cupcakes are the most adorable dessert on this planet – you get to experience all the flavor of your favorite big cake. Still, you also manage to control your appetite and eat just the miniature version (providing you don’t buy a whole box of cupcakes, of course).
Well, if you like to get adventurous in the kitchen, here is a recipe so you can make your own tea cupcakes at home.
- 1 Cup of flour
- 1/8 Cup of cornstarch
- 1 ½ Tablespoon of black tea powder
- ½ Tablespoon of salt
- ½ Tablespoon of baking soda
- 3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 1 ½ Tablespoon of baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ Cup of sugar
- ½ Cup of vegetable oil
- 2 Large eggs
- 1 Cup of milk
- 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter (room temperature)
How to do the cupcakes: Start by preheating your oven to 350° Fahrenheit. As the oven preheats, add the milk and tea powder to a pot, and heat this mixture until it boils. Let it sit until it cools down. Take a mixing bowl, add the butter and the sugar and mix them together. Add the eggs one at a time and stir until you get a homogeneous mix.
Next, the vegetable oil, the vanilla extract, and all the remaining dry ingredients. To finish it up, add the tea powder and milk that should be cool by now. Put your cake batter in tiny baking cups and put them in the oven for about 18 minutes. Remove them as soon as they pass the toothpick test, and there you have it – a full batch of delicious tea muffins, ready to be enjoyed.