Loose-leaf tea and coconut oil: both wonderful, healthy products with a vast array of uses; both currently darlings of the health-conscious community. You already know that we love using oolong teas in a variety of ways other than just sipping it from a cup (oolong donuts with milk tea glaze, anyone?), and avant-garde beauty and health specialists utilize coconut oil in uses that range from baking to deep-conditioning hair masks.
But which is better for your health and beauty needs? Below, we outline some of the areas that tea and coconut oil each shine brightest in.
- Tea is antibacterial, while coconut oil is used for oil pulling.
- Tea is great for reducing puffiness. Simply re-dampen your already-steeped tea bags and place them over your eyes for up to 20 minutes.
- Coconut oil is moisturizing but comedogenic, which means that it can block pores. If you have naturally oily skin, coconut oil may not be the best facial moisturizer for you (but it can still work wonders for dry elbows).
- Tea can be used in an invigorating green tea rinse, removing dandruff and other common skin irritants.
- Coconut oil is wonderful in a conditioning hair mask; this method is sworn by with proponents of natural hair washing and others who eschew unnecessary chemicals.
- As we wrote about previously, oolong tea is an excellent flavor enhancer: Use it in marinades, or flavor your rice or couscous.
- Coconut oil is also terrific as a flavor enhancer – if you’re looking to add coconut flavor to your meal, which can work perfectly for Caribbean or Thai-inspired dishes.
- Coconut oil is also a great alternative to butter, margarine and shortening – particularly useful for vegans or health-conscious cookie lovers.
Use Them Together!
- Our favorite innovative use for these two products? Combine them into a fragrant body scrub: Combine steeped, dried oolong tea leaves and melted coconut oil for an exfoliating scrub that will not only make your skin soft – it’ll make you smell amazing. What could be better?
What are your favorite uses for oolong tea and coconut oil? Let us know in the comments below!
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