8 Uses for Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

8 Uses for Black Tea by The Readers Digest*

*Tried testimonials" and personally endorsed by Bigelow Tea employees

 

1.    Reduce razor burn

Ouch! Why didn't you remember to replace that razor blade before you started to shave? To soothe razor burn and relieve painful nicks and cuts, apply a wet tea bag to the affected area. And don't forget to replace the blade before your next shave.

 

2.  Relieve your tired eyes

Revitalize tired, achy, or puffy eyes. Soak two Bigelow Tea bags (any flavor?) in warm water and place them over your closed eyes for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea act to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes.

   

3.   Soothing mouthwash

To ease mouth sensitivity, rinse your mouth with a cup of hot Bigelow Peppermint Tea mixed with a pinch or two of salt. Peppermint is an antiseptic and contains menthol, which reduces pain on contact with skin surfaces.

 

4.    Perfume a sachet

Next time you make a sachet, try perfuming it with the fragrant aroma of your favorite Bigelow Herbal Tea. Just open a few used herbal tea bags and spread the wet tea on some old newspaper to dry. Then use the dry tea as stuffing for the sachet.

 

5.    Enhance your compost pile

To speed up the decomposition process and enrich your compost, pour a few cups of strongly brewed Bigelow Tea into the heap. The liquid tea will hasten decomposition and draw acid-producing bacteria, creating desirable acid-rich compost.

 

6.   Clean wood furniture and floors

Freshly brewed black Bigelow Tea is great for cleaning wood furniture and floors. Simply boil 2  tea bags in a quart (liter) of water and let it cool. Dip a soft cloth in the tea, wring out the excess, and use it to wipe away dirt and grime. Buff dry with a clean, soft cloth.

 7.   Prepare Planting for Potting

 

For healthier acid-loving potted plants, place 2 or more used Bigelow Black or Green Tea bags on top of the drainage layer at the bottom of the planter before potting. The tea bags will retain water and leach nutrients to the soil.  Here are a few suggestions for acid-loving plants

Amaryllis
Aster
Azalea
Bleeding Heart
Camellia
Evergreens
Gardenia
Hydrangea
Juniper
Lily-of-the-valley
Magnolia
Marigold
Rhododendron andromeda

8.  Shine your mirrors

To make mirrors sparkle and shine, brew a pot of strong Bigelow Black Tea such as Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Darjeeling, let it cool, and then use it to clean the mirrors. Dampen a soft cloth in the tea and wipe it all over the surface of the mirrors. Then buff with a soft, dry cloth for a sparkly, streak-free shine.

 

 

Source - From Readers Digest - http://www.rd.com/home/22-ways-to-use-tea-for-beauty-home-and-garden/

 

 

 

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