6 UNIQUE WAYS TO REUSE TEA BAGS…

The Times of India and Let’s Drink Tea have some unique ways to reuse your tea bags.

  1. They can remove grease from utensils with ease. Simply soak the utensils in a hot water blend with told tea bags. Soak for a few hours or overnight and wash the usual way. The compounds in tea help to remove the dirt naturally. It also works on plates, pots, and rustic pans.
  2. After you have brewed your tea, take a pan and soak the used teabags. Once it is at room temperaure add it to a spay bottle with a dash of lime juice. Clean surfaces with this blend especially cooker tops or glass tables. Simply wipe using a kitchen towel to clean the surface.
  3. If you are cooking meat and want to reduce the cooking time then add some hot water to a large bowl, steep in the used tea bags and once the flavour is released marinate the meat. The presence of tannis in the tea will help in softening the meat and reduce cooking time.
  4. After brewing your tea, cut open the tea bags and place them on a tray to dry naturally. You can then use these tea leaves to reduce bad odours or smells around the house. You can also add them crushed dried to your aroma oils. Tea leaves like mint, cinnamon, or lemongrass are perfect for this.
  5. Tea can actually give new life to dull hardwood floors and wood furniture, by enhancing their shine. Steep two used tea bags in a pint of warm water, then take the mixture and buff your wood with a soft microfiber cloth. The gentle coloring will enhance the richness of the wood and give it a new, fresh shine.
  6. Tea can actually absorb odors, so place some used tea bags in the back of your refrigerator. The tea bags will keep your fridge smelling fresh. Replace them every month to keep everything smelling great.

Source: Times of India, Let’s Drink Tea

9 OF THE BEST HERBAL TEAS FOR COLDS AND FLU…

It’s that time of year where we all know somebody who is suffering from colds and flu. Here are 9 of the best herbal teas to help you get rid of your symptoms from One Green Planet.

Just drinking hot water on its own can help to alleviate nasal congestion and soothe scratchy throats.  Add to that various immune-boosting herbs and you have yourself a comforting and cold-fighting potion.  Of course, there is the fact that staying hydrated is essential in fighting a cold.

1. Chamomile

Try drinking chamomile tea if you are finding that you are having trouble spelling.  A good night’s sleep is essential in giving your body a chance to heal.  Chamomile contains an antioxidant called apigenin that is said to help promote sound sleep.

2. Echinacea

This is a wonderful herb that has been long used as a remedy for colds and flu.  It is thought that taking echinacea at the onset of a cold can help to reduce the severity of symptoms and cut the duration of the illness.

Sipping echinacea tea can help with symptoms of sneezing and sinus issues as well as work on boosting your immune system.

3. Peppermint

Aside from being delicious and easy to grow for yourself, peppermint tea can do wonders for you while you are under the weather. Due to the menthol in peppermint, inhaling the steam from a hot cup of peppermint tea can help with decongestion, soothe coughs, and relieve headaches.  It is also good for helping to boost your mental and physical energy and lift your mood.

4. Thyme

Thyme has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can be useful during a cold.  Thyme can also help with coughs by relaxing the bronchial muscles that are involved in coughing.  It also works as an expectorant by breaking up mucus and making it easier to cough. Thyme is also packed with lots of vitamins, including vitamin C, that you will need to keep your immune system boosted and working for you throughout your illness.

5. Hibiscus

Hibiscus tea is made from the flowers of the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant.  It’s a delicious tea that has a lovely sour flavor not dissimilar to cranberry.  Being high in vitamin C, hibiscus tea is a great beverage to sip on during a bout of flu or a cold.

6. Marshmallow

We aren’t talking about those sweet fluffy candy pillows here, but the root of the marshmallow plant.  Marshmallow root, due to its mucilaginous properties is thought to be a good remedy for treating coughs and colds.  It works by loosening mucus build-up and soothing irritated throats.

7. Stinging Nettle

Despite its name sounding terrifying, nettle tea (Urtica dioica)is actually incredibly nutritious and could really give you a helping hand during a cold. Nettle is rich in immune-boosting compounds which help to support your immune system.  Nettle has a very earthy flavor similar to spinach.

8. Ginger

It may be more of a spice than a herb, but ginger cannot be dismissed when you are feeling rotten.  Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that may help relieve cold and flu-related headaches.  Inhaling the ginger vapors from your tea will help to alleviate nasal congestion while drinking it will give your immune system a boost.

9. Cinnamon

Here is a spice that oozes comfort and warmth.  Cinnamon is one of the spices with the highest antioxidant content and is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.  It is thought to be able to soothe sore throats when sipped in tea form.  Try blending ginger and cinnamon together for a powerhouse remedy.

Be sure to consult a medical professional before using herbal remedies and research individual herbs for allergy information.  

Original post on One Green Planet.