Tea...It's Not Just For Drinking Anymore
Have you ever thought of ways to enhance your tea experience? Broaden it perhaps? Well, I have. I recently did a little online “digging” to figure out some other uses for tea (I do have a vested interest in the topic, lol).
Did you know that you can freshen your mouth with tea? The antiseptic and analgesic properties of peppermint create an effective and soothing mouthwash. Here's how to make a Peppermint Tea Mouthwash: Boil 1 tablespoon fresh peppermint leaves and 1 cup of water. Allow to steep for 15 minutes. Add 2 pinches of salt. Swish the warm liquid for up to one minute.
You can also relieve insect bite pain. Simply apply a wet tea bags to affected area for soothing relief.
Soak dirty pans with tea. For stubborn burnt spots, fill a pan with hot water and a black tea bag. The tannic acid in the tea will help breakdown the grease.
Here’s an oldie but goodie - reduce your under-eye bags. Apply warm, damp tea bags over closed eyes for 20 minutes. Tannins in the tea reduce puffiness.
Green tea can soften wrinkles. Face masks are all the rage right now. Here’s how to make your own: Soak a paper towel in cold green tea, then lift it and squeeze the excess liquid. Lie back, put it on your face and relax! Green tea has replenishing antioxidants — whether you're drinking it or letting it absorb into your skin, you're getting benefits.
Make potpourri or a sachet. Place scented tea leaves in small containers to add fragrance to a room. Or try using our Spring Blossom tea bag to lightly infuse a relaxing and beautiful sent to your lingerie drawer. I personally do this all the time - I put one Spring Blossom tea bag in my jammie drawer about once every two weeks. My Spring Blossom infused PJs help me to unwind before falling asleep.
But alas...one of my favorite ways to actually enjoy tea is by drinking it. Here are a few last ideas for enhancing your tea drinking experience:
I read recently that you can add lemon juice into hot water, then add a tea bag. The vitamin C helps protect the healthy polyphenols. Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They're packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits.
Another study I came across suggests mint flavored water helps cyclists feel less fatigued then when they drank plain water. To aim for a smilier boost, brew mint tea and keep it in the fridge.
Or maybe try this recipe for Green Tea Party Punch that I found on the TODAY website. It’s posted at the end of this blog. I did, and it was YUMMY!
There are thousands more uses for tea, tea bags, tea leaves, etc. that you can find online. Think about giving one of them a try. And if you have any suggestions to share on how you use tea - we’d love to hear from you. Kindly comment below.
GREEN TEA PARTY PUNCH - Maureen Petrosky / TODAY
6 Green Tea bags (any type of green tea will work)
6 cups of boiling water
3 cups vodka
¾ cup simple syrup
1 cup lemon juice
2 cups store-bought pear puree, chilled
2 oranges, peeled for thick pieces of skin, no pith, discard fruit
2 thinly-sliced green pears, seeded, skin on, reserve 12 slices for garnish
Steep the tea bags in the boiled water for two to three minutes.
Allow the tea to cool. In a large pitcher, add tea, vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice and pear puree; stir to combine.
Serve the cocktail in ice cube-filled glasses and garnish with a pear slice and orange twist.