Besides the fact that tea is a tasty drink, it has many other beneficial uses. As a tea lover, you probably already know a thing or two about tea beyond drinking it. Here we round up 10 best uses of tea besides drinking it.
Smell the tea, drink it slowly so you can feel its magic power to take you to a more relaxing yet more mindful state.
According to Chinese folklore, tea was first discovered as a healing herb thousands of years ago.
Tea was useful medicinally to take away ailments like sore throats and common colds.
It was said that Buddha drank tea to keep himself alert during long meditation.
No doubt tea is a great drink to maintain our wellbeing.
But tea is beyond that.
Its aromatic and therapeutic nature means it is also useful for cosmetics and home use.
Here are 10 best uses of tea you can try out!
Green Tea for Cleaning Carpets
We all know that green tea can help you getting rid of those extra waste in your body but can you believe that it can actually clean your carpet?
YES! So cool!
Just sprinkle those dried leaves in the carpet and let them do their work for 10-15 minutes, then vacuum.
Black Tea to Shine Wood Floors
Here is a fun fact for black tea lover.
Black tea does not only taste great but can also shine wood floor.
It is the tannin that does it.
Just rub brewed tea into the floor, but don’t use too much, and let it dry. Wipe them off to create a nice shiny wooden floor.
Washing Dishes with Tea
I remember in the old days, grandma would use tea liquid to wash dishes when dish washing liquid was not common.
Some also use tea liquid to wash hands to remove grease, and keep their hands supple.
Because tea is antibacterial (see detailed study - Antioxidant and antibacterial properties of green, black, and herbal teas of Camellia sinensis), it is a great way to keep your household clean with tea.
This is a great way to use up some of the tea you have fallen out of love with :)
Earl Grey Tea Soap
Since tea is antibacterial, why not make some nice smelling soap with a nice tea?
If there are papaya soap, melon soap and fruit soap, why not Earl Grey Tea Soap?
Maybe with a splash of a little bit of honey or some lavender.
Since this is a tea soap, it has a fresh, clean and unique scent and texture.
Green Tea Body Spray
Aside from the taste, tea is known for it’s enticing aroma. So, why not make a perfume out of it?
Depending on the kind of green tea to be used, the scent ranges from minty, sweet to musky.
Just brew some green tea then refrigerate, cucumber puree, 2 tbps. cucumber juice, 1-2 drops of essential oil and 1 tbps. aloe vera gel and just stir and shake it to in a spray bottle.
Green Tea Mouthwash
You know green tea is great for drinking, but it is also great as a mouthwash. If you are after a natural mouthwash, green tea is it!
Check out this article + video by NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG for more details of using green tea as mouthwash.
White Tea Facial Mist
White tea is known for its gentle and calming flavour and aroma.
So, a white tea facial mist will definitely give you that fresh, calm and gentle effect.
Also, white tea is known as an antioxidant, so it will help cleanse and rehydrate your skin to achieve that fresh effect.
Black Tea Hair Dye
We are all aware of the harmful effects of hair dye, right?
Good thing there’s all-natural hair dye to color but not harm the hair.
Just mix some good ol’ brewed black tea with rosemary and let it sit overnight.
The next day, strain the mixture and colour your hair away! Repeat as many time as needed to achieve the color goal.
Did you know that your plants like tea? After you have prepared a cup of tea for yourself, make another one like you usually would and let it cool completely. Pour it into the soil of your houseplant with the brewed leavesto keep fungi at bay.