Tea is the most preferred beverage all over the world by people of all ages. And why shouldn’t it be? Be it a hot steaming cup of tea as you snuggle in the blanket on the couch with a book on a rainy day, the pure bliss of Iced Tea on a sultry summer noon, or the sip of green tea after power yoga – Tea is the thing you need to complete every get-together, at every occasion in any season or be your best companion in solitude.
Apparently, tea didn’t want to stop being awesome at just that and has oodles of other uses! Well, it is not just hocus pocus about reading tea leaves to know your future, but a lot more relevant and applicable things to make life easier.
Read on to find out:
In the Kitchen
Tea leaves can be used in more than just the kettle. Meat can be tenderised with black tea to save time and impart flavour. Meat or cheese can also be smoked by adding tea leaves to the smoker to get a hint of tea in their taste. Or you could add flavour to your pasta, rice or grains by using tea water to boil them.
Freshly brewed tea can be used as an excellent cleaner to clean wooden floors and furniture and also deodorise new furniture if you find the smell of new furniture undesirable. Brewed tea can also be used to shine mirrors.
Deodorise or Aromatise
Tea leaves absorb odours from the surroundings and hence can be used to deodorise fridges or smelly armpits and feet. Since they are so effective in absorbing in odours, tea leaves can be scented artificially and added to potpourris to be used as room fresheners.
Warding off fleas and mosquitoes
Scatter some dried tea leaves in bedding of pets to save them from being tormented by fleas. Tea leaves can also be burnt to keep mosquitoes away. Your harmless, fragrant insect repellent!
Colour me Happy
Brewed tea can be used as a natural dye to colour hair, clothes or paper. The strength of the colour can be adjusted by monitoring the brewing time. Green and Black tea can be used to give fabrics and paper a beige antique look.
Do you agree now that tea is way more awesome than you thought, or do you want more?? ☺