Whether you like it scalding hot or almost lukewarm green or black – tea is something most people enjoy! Although we can have endless discussions about how long you should believe in tea bagging. Sadly, we find it a bit of a waste to throw out a tea bag after only a single use. But did you know you can use tea bags for much more than giving your warm water some flavor? Here are eight (8) tips to recycle used tea bags for maximum benefit!
1. Fight aging signs
Green tea has anti-aging and antioxidant properties that help improve skin complexion and elasticity. It even delays signs of skin aging such as sagging skin, sun damage, ache spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Transfer the contents of two used tea bags into a bowl. Mix in 1 to 2 spoons of raw honey or a little lemon juice. Apply it on your face and neck area and allow it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Use this face mask once or twice a week.
2. Shiny hair
Add three or four tea bags to a bowl of warm water and let it soak for a while. After you’ve washed your hair with shampoo use the tea water to rinse your hair. Chamomile tea is great for all of you blondes out there and black tea will work best for brunettes.
3. Soothe irritated skin
Cool moist tea bags are an excellent way to naturally suit skin irritations, place them over sore, tired eyes to ease discomfort. Massage over sunburn cool Skin and reduce inflammation. Place against bruises to ease discomfort and help speed healing. Gently rub over stings and bites to draw out the toxins and lessen the pain and swelling.
4. Use it for whiter nails
Fill a bowl or bucket with warm water and add a few used bags of lemon tea to it, along with the pinch of baking soda. Soak your hands in the water for a few minutes and your nails will become whiter.
5. Freshen up your fridge
As an alternative to baking soda, place a couple of used tea bags in an open container in your fridge. The tea bags will soak up any unwanted odors leaving your fridge smelling fresh and clean.
6. Add flavor to pasta and greens
Once you’ve glued a cup of tea, you can reuse the back to flavor other foods. Hang the pre- brewed bags into a pot of water while it comes to a boil to flavor the water, remove used tea bags then add your pasta rice or other grains.
7. Feed your garden
Re- brew used bags in a bucket of water and use the resulting weak tea to water your plants and protect them from fungal infections or alternatively open up used tea bags and sprinkle the content around the base of your plants to fertilize the soil and deter garden pests like mice. You can also add previously brewed tea bags to your compost pile for a boost of nutrients.
8. Deter household pests
Mice don’t particularly like the smell of tea. So make use of used tea bags into cupboards, pantries and in any areas where the pest may enter your home to make them think twice about coming inside. For added protection try saturating the bags with peppermint essential oil. Not only will this further deter pesky rodents, it will also repel a variety of other household pests like spiders and ants. While at the same time making your home smell minty fresh.
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