Beyond the Cup: 10 Other Uses for Tea


The beneficial properties that make tea good for you can also do great things for your skin, hair, and even your home and plants! Check out these ways to use tea that you may not have thought about:

  1. Chill a used tea bag in the fridge for a bit, then use it like a compress for itching or bug bites. (Also good to soothe sunburn.)
  2. Soak feet in green or black tea to relieve itching or odor, plus soften skin.
  3. Place cooled (and squeezed) bags of tea or rooibos on your eyelids to soothe tired eyes.
  4. Brew your favorite tea, then add a bit of honey and lemon to coat and soothe a sore throat.
  5. Place a cooled bag of black or green tea on a bruise to stop the spread and help it heal faster.
  6. After shampooing, pour a cup of black tea or rooibos over your hair for a nourishing shine. (Use caution if you have blonde hair – you may gain some unexpected highlights!)
  7. Soak fabrics or paper in brewed tea for uniquely-dyed creations.
  8. Infuse it into your favorite recipes. (We have lots of great ideas for you to try!)
  9. Place dried tea bags inside shoes to control odor.
  10. Sprinkle used tea leaves around plants in the garden. (Roses especially love tea!)

While we typically recommend loose tea over bags (especially the grocery-store bagged teas), you might want to keep some inexpensive bags of tea on hand just for these purposes.

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