5 Great Uses for Tea


  1. As a hair rinse, tea can be used after shampooing to remove residues from your hair and leave your hair soft and shiny. Use black tea for darker hair and green tea or white tea for lighter hair color, and you can make the tea rinse as strong as you like, just remember to let the water cool to the touch before applying. It is not necessary to rinse with water afterward.
  2. Use tea to clean your house. A strong solution of unsweetened plain tea, preferably green tea, can be used to clean hard surfaces in your household, leaving a sparkling, streak-free and shiny finish to counter-tops, mirrors and metal surfaces as well. Black tea is especially good as a wood polish however, or as a cleaner for wooden floors and is also fantastic for removing light residue.
  3. Tea also makes a fabulous skin toner due to it’s high tannin content. Use cooled off used clean teabags (that have no sugar or milk in them) to lightly apply tea to your face after cleansing it. This also can also improve acne and your overall skin condition. Any type of tea may be used for this, but it’s likely that green or white tea – having the most antioxidants and polyphenols – will probably yield the best results. And speaking of tea and healing skin- teabags can also be used to stop bleeding if you’ve cut yourself while shaving. Simply hold a used teabag on the cut for several seconds. Disclaimer: This is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician for your particular needs.
  4. Cooled teabags can also be applied to sunburned areas of skin for some soothing relief. Be sure the teabags are cooled, and you may even wish to refrigerate them first for this use! Disclaimer: This is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician for your particular needs.
  5. To make scented bath sachets from tea leaves, simply add your favorite essential oils to dried unused green tea leaves, then place the scented leaves into muslin bags. Tie the muslin bags completely shut, then you can store the bags until you are ready to take a bath. When you take a bath, add the scented tea sachet to the warm bathwater then relax and enjoy your aromatherapy bath!

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