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13 Uses For Tea That Have Nothing To Do With Drinking It

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If all you do with tea is drink it, this post is for YOU! And as the second largest tea producing country in the world, it’s good to know that there’s more than one use for tea when you travel. Take a look!

#1. Polish Your Wooden Souvenirs

Brought back some awesome souvenirs from your trip, but they look like they’ve been passed down from your great grandmother? Dip a soft cloth in some brewed black tea, and wipe them down. Hello shiny happy carvings!

Tea helps in polishing furniture

Tea helps in polishing furniture

#2. Banish Fishy Smells, And De-stink Feet

Back after a long trek and found your feet smelling like they’ve been living with a dead rat? Ate some awesome fish with your bare hands (the only way to do it!)? Black tea is the answer! Wash your hands, or soak your peds in strong tea for about 20 minutes and you’ll have squeaky clean, pleasant-smelling feet through the day.

Banish fishy smells, and de-stink feet with tea

Banish fishy smells, and de-stink feet with tea

#3. Make Your Car Smell Beautiful

If you’re off on a long drive, but your car smells weird, just put some lavender tea in a pretty gauze bag and place it under the seat. Works especially well for people with pets.

With tea, you can make your car smell beautiful

With tea, you can make your car smell beautiful

#4. Calm A Razor Burn Or Sunburn

Unfamiliar places can do unusual things to your skin. If you’ve got a razor burn from disposable blades, or a sunburn from falling asleep at the beach, just place a wet teabag on the site. It’ll soothe your sunburn or your razor burn, beautifully.

Calm a razor burn or sunburn with wet teabags

Calm a razor burn or sunburn with wet teabags

#5. Soothe Tired And Puffy Eyes

Had so much fun on your vacation that you look like a racoon with eye makeup? Place warm, wet teabags on your eyes to soothe the puffiness. Way classier than cucumber slices, no?

Teabags are the perfect solution to Soothe tired and puffy eyes

Teabags are the perfect solution to soothe tired and puffy eyes

#6. Make A Mouthwash Or Soothe A Toothache

Off to a place where chemists and dentists are a distant dream? Carry some peppermint tea in your luggage. Just mix it with a bit of salt and you have a solution for toothaches and bad breath! Literally.

Make a mouthwash or soothe a toothache with peppermint tea

Make a mouthwash or soothe a toothache with peppermint tea

#7. Tenderize Meat

Beautiful places don’t always have the best of ingredients. If you’re cooking meat on your holiday, but think it’s a bit tough, marinate it in black tea overnight. You’ll get a smoky flavour, and more tender meat too.

Marinate tough meat in black tea for smoky flavour

Marinate tough meat in black tea for smoky flavour

#8. Shine Your Hair

Travel can play havoc with your hair. If your holiday hair is dry and dull, brewed black tea will do the trick. Wash as usual and rinse with black tea. Leave for a few minutes and wash off with water. Better than beer, don’t you think?

Use brewed black tea as a conditioner

Use brewed black tea as a conditioner

#9. Improve Your Skin

Protect your skin and reduce acne on your holiday with a green tea beauty bath. Chamomile tea in a facial steamer can also act as a quick pick-me-up!

Improve your skin with green tea

Improve your skin with green tea

#10. Feed It To The Plants

Remember that black tea you brewed to condition your hair? Don’t throw it away. Put those tea leaves in a flower pot, or at the base of a roadside plant. It works wonderfully as a fertiliser!

Fancy botany? Here's a tip!

Fancy botany? Here’s a tip!

#11. Drive Away Mosquitoes

Burn some tea leaves and watch as the mosquitoes scramble to get away. And without the side effects of chemical bug sprays too!

No more mosquito bites. Thanks to Tea!

No more mosquito bites. Thanks to Tea!

#12. Help Your Baby Get Over Injection Pain

Had to give your baby an emergency tetanus shot? A cold, wet, teabag on an injection site can soothe your baby’s pain. Works just as well with adults!

With tea, your baby won't fear injections

With tea, your baby won’t fear injections

#13. Make Hand-made Souvenirs

Create a faux-antique/hand-made look for your stationery or fabric by soaking it in black/green tea. Leave it out to dry and you have a wonderfully dyed hand-made creation for your new travel BFF.

Create a hand-made look for your stationery by soaking in black tea

Create a hand-made look for your stationery by soaking in black tea

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Rashmi

If ever there was a career that involved the study of sleeping cats, Rashmi Deshpande would probably be in it. But for now, she is in an industry she loves--the travel industry. Rashmi has worked with Femina as an Assistant Manager, and freelanced for several online and offline publications such as Lonely Planet India magazine and Nat Geo Traveller India. She currently works as the online content manager with Cox & Kings.

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