Monday, 9 March 2015

Tea's Terrific (and not just as a drink)

My friend Deborah and I are both English born so we do love a good cuppa and our favourite brand is Yorkshire Tea  (yep, that’s a free plug)

Tea is rich in antioxidants and a relaxing and satisfying hot drink but those little bags on string and the leaves themselves can perform some wonderful remedies for your looks, in your home and out in the garden. It’s not just black tea that has benefits. Green tea and herbal teas are included here.




Beauty, health and first aid

Puffy eyes

This one has been around for years and it still works. Relieve tired eyes by placing cold wet teabags on them as an eye pad for about 20 minutes. It will reduce the puffiness and it great if you have been a teary. It is the tannins in the tea that make it work.

Cool sunburned skin

Most of us a conscious of what an extended time in the hot sun can do to our skin but sometimes we do get caught out. To relieve the stinging pain of sunburn (or other minor burns in the kitchen) some wet teabags on the skin will help. If you have really over done it put some teabags in a bath and soak the pain away

Reduce razor burn

Just like sunburn a wet teabag will soothe razor burn and also those painful little nicks.

Poison ivy

Use a teabag or cotton ball dipped in tea to help ease a poison ivy rash.

Bath time

Green Tea teabags in your bath will make your skin healthier.

Perfume sachets

Love the fragrance of your favourite herbal tea? Keep it with you all the time by making a perfume sachet. Keep your used teabags until you have about three. Open them and spread on newspaper or paper towel to dry and use inside a sachet.

Smelly feet

Plop a few tea bags in a bowl of warm water, put feet in and let the bags do their job for about 20 minutes (I hope my son is reading this!)

Get the grey out

I must admit I haven’t tried this one but if you do let me know if it works. Your own hair dye can be made with tea and fresh herbs. Here are the instruction I found: Into 1 cup of boiling water add 3 teabags and a tablespoon each of fresh or dried rosemary and sage. Let it stand overnight, strain the next morning and put into a clean chemical free spray bottle. Shampoo hair, rinse and spray on the tea mixture evenly and thoroughly. Make sure you are not wearing clothes that can could be stained by the mixture. Do not rinse, simply towel dry. In understand it may take several treatments to finally get rid of the grey.

Conditioner for dry hair

Use a litre of freshly brewed tea to rinse your hair after shampooing

Shiny Hair

Use herbal teas in the same way for extra shine and a fresh fragrance.

Drain a boil

Got one of those horrible boils? It can be drained overnight by putting a wet teabag on it.

Bleeding gums

Bleeding gums from a tooth loss can be painful for a young child. A teabag made wet with cool water placed on the tooth socket will sooth the pain away.


Rinsing your mouth with hot peppermint tea with a couple of pinches of salt added will ease toothache.

Pain from injections

That overseas holiday coming up might be wonderful but if you have to have vaccinations before you go you might be having second thoughts. It is also very stressful when your little one has to have its childhood vaccinations. Hold a freshly dampened teabag over the needle site and hold it there gently until the pain eases.


Rose Fertilizer

Used tea leaves or teabags sprinkled around rosebushes as a mulch during summer. It will release nutrients into the soil during watering and aid their growth.

Pot plants

Placing some used tea bags at the bottom of the pot over the layer of stones or other drainage matter will help your plants retain moisture and also infuse nutrients into the soil.

Feed your ferns

Water indoor plants with the remains of your teapot particularly ferns

Enhance your compost pile

If after all this you still have some tea left add it to your compost. Better still brew it a good strong pot and pour onto the pile. It will help speed up decomposition and attract acid producing bacteria. 


Timber furniture and floors

Make a great cleaning cloth by boiling 3-5 teabags in 1 litre of water. Allow to cool, dip in soft cloth, wring out, wipe over furniture and buff dry with another clean soft cloth.

Get that sparkle back into mirrors

Use the same method as cleaning furniture

And one final tip

To create that “antique” look for white garments or lace put 3 teabags to 2 cups of boiling water and allow to steep for 20 minutes. When cool soak the fabric for about 10mins adjust the time to the desired darkness

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