Things You Didn’t know You Could do With Tea
Whether you’re an avid tea drinker or not, you just might be surprised at some of the ways you can use tea. and most of them don’t even require you to drink the tea. below, are some of the beauty, garden, household and body care benefits to be begotten from simple ol’ tea.
Relieve Sunburn With a Tea Bath
If your body (or parts of your body) is on fire from a wicked sunburn, and you can’t sit on any furniture, and your clothes feel like thorns against your skin, then turn to tea, for some quick relief. Fill your bathtub will lukewarm water (not hot – not cold). Throw in 10 or more black tea bags, and swish the water around until it’s a nice rich brown. Once the water is brown, slip in, and soak for 15-30 minutes, while immersing as much of your body as possible into the water. Tea’s tannic acid and theobromine act as an anti-inflammtory to shrink blood vessels and quickly calm the skin. Tea’s rich antioxidant content also helps speed cell renewal, for quicker healing. If you are unable to soak in the tub, you can fill a sink or large bowl with lukewarm water, add your tea bags, and then sponge the water gently over affected areas. You can even soak some cheesecloths or hankerchiefs in the tea water, wring them out, and place them onto the sunburned areas, leaving in place until they dry out.
Neutralize Kitty Odors
Dry out some used tea leaves (3-5 tea bags) and sprinkle them into cat litter. the leaves help absorb odors, and the catechins in the tea will kill germs.
Clean Wood Floors
Add 2 black tea bags into a quart of boiling water. Allow to fully cool down. Dampen a soft cloth with the cooled tea, and use it to wash the floor. the tannic acid in tea, makes wood shine beautifully.
De-Puff your Face
Hot, humid weather, not enough sleep, too much alcohol and allergies all can cause dilated blood vessels and widening of facial pores, producing a puffy, blotchy complexion. Black tea bags to the rescue. Moisten 2-5 tea bags with lukewarm water thoroughly, and squeeze out any excess water. Apply the moistened tea bags to swollen facial areas for 10 minutes. the caffeine tightens skin and reduces swelling by constricting surface blood vessels. If your face is swollen from sunburn or windburn, use green tea bags instead. Green tea’s powerful antioxidant EGCG, helps reverse sun and wind damage, as well as destroys abnormal cell growth, helping to prevent skin cancer.
Feed your Houseplants
Tea leaves are packed with nutrients that will have your plants thriving (or reviving) in no time. Regularly add wet tea leaves to your soil for some nature-made fertilizer. and tea leaves aren’t just beneficial for house plants, you can use them in your gardens as well.
Put a Stop To Foot Odor
Steep 8 black tea bags in a foot tub, until the water is dark brown, and the water is a pleasant warm temperature. Soak your feet for 20 minutes. Tea has antibacterial properties that kill odor-causing bacteria. If your feet sweat heavily due to your wearing work or athletic footwear for extended periods of time on a regular basis, doing a tea foot soak at least 3 times a week, will reverse any unpleasant foot odor in no time.
If you are looking for another natural alternative to cleaning your windows and mirrors besides vinegar, than here is yet another way to use black tea. Brew a pot of tea and let it cool completely. Fill a spray bottle with the cooled tea, and use with a soft cloth to shine up those windows and mirrors. Buff with a dry cloth, for a streak-free shine.
The Pick-Me-Up Sniff
Wacky as it sounds, you’ll be amazed by how revitalized and revved up you’ll feel after holding your favorite dry tea bag under your nose, and inhaling deeply in-and-out for 1 minute. It’s all about “scent association”, which trigger pleasant memories and alpha brain wave activity, instantly calming and relaxing you. be sure to choose one of your favorite teas, that are moment appropriate. for example, choose something like lemon or mint if you want to de-stress yet be alert and energized. Choose chamomile or lavendar is you need to fully unwind and regroup. the choices are limitless, and you don’t need to prepare the tea to get the benefits. just inhaling the tea’s wonderful aroma is enough to do the trick.
Soothe Razor Burn
No matter where your razor burn is located (underarms, legs, face), you can quickly calm the stinging with a tea bag. Soak 1-2 black tea bags with hot water, and allow to cool to lukewarm. Once it’s cooled down, squeeze out any excess water and apply to the affected areas. the tannins in tea act as a natural pain reliever, halting that unpleasant razor burn sting in minutes.
Keep your Vision Sharp
Sipping 1-2 cups of green tea daily is all it takes to almost completely protect your eyes from macular degeneration and glaucoma (the leading cause of age-related vision loss). Green tea’s antioxidants (including lutein and vitamins C and E) are absorbed by your eye’s lens and retina, where they zap away harmful free radicals that can lead to disease.
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