13 Uses For Tea That Have Nothing To Do With Drinking It
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!
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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?
#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.
#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.
#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?
#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!
#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!
#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!
#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!
#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.
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