International Tea Day 2020: 10 Surprising Ways To Use Tea
Southerners are known to be fiercely loyal about their sweet tea. The popular afternoon cuppa is a great drink to quench your thirst over excruciatingly hot summer days, perfect to pair with sweet and savory snacks, and the best drink to bond over with family and friends. Coincidentally, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world (next to water), which is why December 15 was hailed as a special day for tea lovers all over the globe-- yes, ladies and gents, we're talking about International Tea Day!
Discover more ways to use our favorite drink in your life more than just sipping it with your pinky up. From culinary creations, skincare to gardening, the sky's the limit when it comes to enjoying this aromatic beverage-- in fact, here are 10 of our favorite ways to use tea:
Blend a smoothie
Give your morning energy (or lack thereof!) a boost with a healthy tea-infused smoothie! Try a Mango-Green Tea Smoothie or mix in some Matcha with your favorite fruit shakes for additional fiber and bursting energy throughout the day!
Have a tea bath
Jump in a hydrating bath after a long and tiring day by adding a few teaspoons of tea leaves to your hot bathwater. Allow it to "brew" for 5 minutes before taking a dip. You're welcome!
Freshen up your mouth
Did you know that peppermint has some antiseptic and analgesic properties? These properties help create an effective and soothing mouthwash, not to mention it's easy to prepare and make too! Boil a tablespoon of fresh peppermint leaves and 1 cup of water. Allow to steep for 15 minutes and add two pinches of salt. Swish the concoction for up to one minute.
Scrub it on your body
Matcha tea is well-known for its gentle healing properties, so use it to D-I-Y a sugar scrub the next time! Matcha's richness in antioxidants will leave your skin feeling soft and supple too!
Reduce the eyebags
Tired of sporting huge dark circles under your eyes? Apply warm, damp tea bags over your closed eyes for 20 minutes to reduce eyebags and overall puffiness.
Insect bite relief
Give relief to a sore, itchy, and inflamed insect bite by applying wet tea bags to the affected area! Indeed, another good reason to keep used tea bags!
Soothe your sore gums
Did your child lose a tooth just recently? Keep the bleeding and pain in check by applying a wet tea bag to the sore area!
Rescue your sore tummy
Settle a sore tummy by drinking a hot/warm cup of herbal tea like chamomile! Drinking herbal teas can be good for people with IBS because of their antispasmodic properties. Ginger tea, on the other hand, can calm nausea!
Soak those dirty pans
Have you encountered stubborn burnt spots on your dirty pans? Go and fill a pan with hot water and a black tea bag! Its tannic acid will help break down grease!
Good for potted plants
Teabags hold moisture and provide nutrients to plant roots, so placing used tea bags at the bottom of the pot before adding your chosen soil is a good idea! Tea leaves also create good bacteria for the soil and roots, so use them to grow healthy plants!