Tea is a favored drink worldwide, did you know that some wars were actually fought for tea? Here’s a list of all of the different ways to use tea in your daily life that are actually quite surprisingly beneficial. ways to use tea
By Mariam Elhamy
- Use as mouthwash: Boil some peppermint tea and allow to steep then add 2 pinches of salt. Mint, lemongrass and cinnamon also work as a refreshing mouthwash.
- Soothe a sunburn: Wet teabags can soothe minor burns and injection sites. For a full-body sunburn, soak in a relaxing tea bath. ways to use tea
- Soothe tired eyes and pinkeye: Warm, wet teabags can reduce puffiness and soothe pain around your eyes.
- Improve skin, soften wrinkles and reduce acne: The antioxidants and caffeine protect and beautify skin. 1. Bathe in or wash your face with green tea or chamomile tea 2. Try a mask of loose green tea with honey and greek yogurt 3. Soak a small towel in cooled green, squeeze excess liquid and put it on your face for 20 minutes.
- De-stink feet and hands: Soak your feet in strong tea for 20 minutes for a relaxing and effective way to reduce foot odor. Rub together stinky fish, onion or garlic hands with brewed tea to remove unwanted odors.
- Exfoliate: Mix 2 green tea bags, 1 cup sugar and ½ a cup coconut oil to create your own scrub. The rough leaves will remove dead skin and the antioxidants will revitalize.
- Shine dry hair: Brewed tea can add a shine to your dry hair. Rinse your hair with tea and leave to dry for a while, then rinse again with water.
Cleaning and Home
- Deodorize your fridge: Add tea bags to your fridge to soak up rotten smells.
- Dye: Soak white fabrics (curtains, shirts, etc.) in brewed tea for an antique, sepia tone. Use three tea bags for every 2 cups of water.
- Compost: Throw your old tea leaves & bags into any compost to speed up the process.
- Pot plants: Place used tea bags at the bottom of the pot before adding soil. The teabags hold moisture and provide nutrients to the roots.
- Infuse pillows, drawers and your car: Fill your pillows with scented lavender or chamomile tea for a peaceful, calming rest. Snazz up your drawers, wardrobe or car with flavored tea bags that work as fresheners.
- Soak dirty pans: For stubborn burnt spots, fill a pan with hot water and a black tea bag. The tannic acid in the tea will help break down the grease.
- Clean the floors: Dip a rag in steeped tea and rub it on your hardwood floors. This will add shine and a slight tint of color to revitalize your floor. You could use the same technique with a cloth to wipe clean and polish furniture for a new shine. ways to use tea