Surprising Ways to Use Tea
Tea does a lot more for you besides quench your thirst!
Here are some helpful tips for you to put tea to good use in your home:
Have a white t-shirt, socks, reusable bag or some other fabric you want to turn creamy, beige, or brown? Boil water in a large pot, then turn off and add 3 tea bags. Let the tea bags steep for 10-15 minutes, or until the water reaches the desired brownish color. Use tongs or a fork to remove the tea bags and set aside. Now, immerse your fabric in the colored water. Swish it around so all folds and pockets get wet. Leave the fabric in the pot until it is the color you desire. Remove the fabric to a clean bowl, and use the water to water houseplants or outdoor plants or trees. Fill the clean bowl with the dyed fabric with cold water, and leave it alone for 15 minutes. Then wring out and dry, either in a dryer or on a clothes line. Want a tie-dyed effect? Twist your fabric and secure it with a rubber band, then immerse it in the dye water. Then soak it in cold water and dry. In the future, wash with other dark or colored clothes in cold water.
Green tea is great for this, brew the tea (one bag per one cup water) as you normally would, and let it cool. Then, after washing your face in the morning, splash the cool tea water on your face as a refreshing toner. Alternatively, you can make a steam facial by pouring hot water into a steep-sided bowl and sprinkling loose green tea leaves into the water (one tablespoon of loose tea leaves should be enough in a bowl holding two cups of water). Let the tea steep for a few minutes. Then, drape a towel over your head and suspend your face over the steamy bowl; the towel will help trap the steam so it circulates around your face.
Make yourself the equivalent of two cups of tea, since you need two bags. Put the tea bags in the refrigerator until they are cold. Remove, and squeeze out excess liquid so tea doesn’t drip down your face. Lie down, and put one bag on each eye. Leave in place around 15 minutes. Remove, rinse your face with cold water and enjoy your rejuvenated eyes!
WATER HOUSE PLANTS
Tea is very rich in antioxidants and other nutrients. In India, waste tea is being turned into bio fertilizer to help increase the organic content of the soil. If I have extra tea from a brewed pot, or a pitcher of iced tea I didn’t finish, I use it to water plants like pathos, Chinese evergreen and peace lilies.