Each year, tea continues to be 1 of the top 3 beverages consumed around the world. The benefits (stated by experts) of drinking tea have become common to many (assist in weight loss, fights diseases, boost immune system, etc.). What may not be as common are the many other uses for tea beyond drinking it from your mug .
Check out a few of the other creative uses for tea.
Tea as a daily household cleaner?… No that can’t be right… Well in fact, it is very true that tea is a great ingredient for certain household chores. By creating a strong brewed room temperature tea and using it to dampen a soft rag, it can be used to shine wooden furniture and hardwood floors. It is also known to add cold brewed tea into a spray bottle and spraying it on mirrors & windows to cleanse them.
If you haven’t heard by now, tea is a natural refreshing way to relax & exfoliate the skin. There are many different products in the market that have used the oil from tea leaves as an additional ingredient. Dried tea leaves have also been used as a natural colorant and scent to homemade soaps. Experts believe that using tea products on the skin contribute to a relaxing experience.
You steeped your tea in a pot and already poured your tea in a mug, so what’s next… Throw your tea leaves in the garbage?… Wrong! Instead of throwing your steeped tea leaves away, try tossing them directly into a compost pile for your garden to provide additional nutrients to the soil. Not only can tea leaves aid in providing nutrients to the soil, but it can also help absorb the water for potted plants, that will then get released slowly into the plants. Amazing stuff, right?
For the amazing chefs in the world, you are not overlooked in the tea universe. Tea is a great ingredient for alternative cooking methods. Steeping tea in a broth can provide great flavor for soups and adding brewed tea can enhance the flavor of dressings & sauces. Tea has also been considered a great marinade for meats and can even be grounded & dried for seasonings.
Relaxing and Socializing
Let’s face it, it’s hard to beat sitting at a large table with family, close friends, and a large pot of tea to enjoy. Tea has become a popular natural way to relax the mind & body at any point in the day. Next time you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, try brewing a cup of tea.
As you can see, tea is extremely versatile and is more than just a beverage in a cup. Get creative and let us know other uses that you have tried with the tea plant.
Roots and Crops Team
*Always consult with your doctor before drinking any tea or using tea as an alternative product*