If you are looking to drink a good cup of tea, we highly recommend opting for good quality loose-leaf tea varieties. Tea leaves contain essential oils and compounds, which are lost when broken down during production. The teas used in teabags are usually dust and fannings, and contain none of the health benefits associated with tea. Read more about the difference between tea leaves and tag bags here.
Say no to teabags. In fact we recommend putting tea bags to better use instead of drinking it. Here are some ways in which you can use teabags around the house:
- To relieve your tired eyes: Soak two tea bags in warm water and place them over your closed eyes for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea help to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes.
- On Nicks & cuts: Place a wet tea bag on nicks, cuts and razor burns to soothe the pain.
- As a natural hair dye: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. To use, shampoo as usual, and then pour or spray the mixture on your hair
Alternatively, bring to boil 250 ml of water, dunk 2-3 teabags to make a strong concoction. Add henna powder to the black tea (once it has cooled down). Combine the two to a smooth consistency and apply all over your hair. Let it dry and rinse with shampoo.
- To condition hair – Combine a liter of hot water with 2 tea bags and use it after a shampoo for smooth, shiny hair.
- For bleeding gums – wet a tea bag in cool water and place over the gums to stop bleeding
- For smelly feet – soak your feed in a strong tea made with teabags for about 20 minutes.
- Cleaning wooden furniture and floors – Add tea bags to boiling water and let it cool. Using a soft cloth, dip it into the tea liquor and wipe the wood with it.
- Add shine to mirrors – Make the liquor like above and use a soft cloth dipped in the tea to clean the mirrors. Wipe with a dry soft cloth after for a shiny mirror.
- For your roses – sprinkle the tea from the teabags around the rose bushes and cover with mulch. The nutrients in the tea will be released when you water the plant, and roses love the tannin acid that is naturally there in tea.
- Remove stains from Carpets or Rugs – Place teabags in warm water (as many as required for the stain). Tear open the bag and semi-dry the leaves – place them over the stain and let it dry. Brush off or vacuum the leaves.
- Remove household odours – Place used teabags in the refrigerator to keep it smelling fresh. Drop a few used teabags in the trash to neutralise bad smells.