There is nothing like a hot cup of tea, especially on a cold day. Not only does tea make us feel good and give us that warm and fuzzy feeling, it also fights cancer, lowers the risk of stroke and helps our cells fight aging. However, if you thought that this is all there is to tea, you are truly mistaken. Tea is not just for drinking. Here are a few good whys and wherefores for not giving up tea, even if you don’t drink it. Tea helps to heal shaving cuts, eliminates bad odors when added to a foot bath and can be used to marinade meat.
Tea is also a great fertilizer for your plants. It is highly acidic and full of nutrients that can help plants thrive. So before tossing out your used tea, see if there’s a nearby plant that needs a little tender loving care. You can also water and feed your plants with tea. When you pot a new plant, add a bit of tea leaves or a couple of tea bags (dried or steeped) in the drainage layer at the bottom of the pot. Because tea is highly absorbent, it will absorb water and then slowly release it back into the plant. Also instead of pouring your unused brewed tea down the drain, you can use it to water your plants. You can feed your plants by sprinkling steeped tea leaves into the plant’s soil as well.
Moving from the garden to the house you can use tea to absorb smelly fridge odors just like baking soda. Place dried out tea leaves in the refrigerator in an uncovered container and they’ll soak up those odors in just a day or two. Just remember to never store dry tea that you plan to drink in the refrigerator though because it will soak up odors and the moisture will cause the tea to lose its beautiful flavors.
Also in the house, you can sprinkle dried or steeped tea leaves across a smelly carpet and let them sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Then vacuum and check out the pleasant change. Just remember that if you used steeped leaves, make certain that they have started to dry out; you don’t want them too wet or they may stain the carpet. If you use a flavored tea, like our Christmas blend or many of our other herbal teas, you will definitely get a pleasant scent left behind.
Going back outside again you might not have known that tea leaves are a natural means of keeping mosquitoes away. All you have to do is use fairly moist leaves to add the scent of tea to the areas that you want to keep those pesky bugs away.
Did you know that after you have got the needle for blood work or a vaccination you can place a wet, used teabag on the injection site? It can really help in relieving the pain and reducing the swelling after receiving that injection. It also speeds up the skin’s recovery, so keep this in mind the next time you’re supposed to take your baby to the physician’s office for a painful injection.
So tea provides plenty of health benefits, and the leftovers can also be used in your household for practical purposes. So if you’re into recycling and like to discover new uses for everything, take a look at the unexpected ways tea can be used for cleaning, gardening, kitchen tasks or beauty purposes.