Everyone is familiar with the health benefits of tea and nothing beats an afternoon cup of your favourite blend. Chances are, after you’ve drained your delicious cup of tea, you find yourself discarding the used tea bag. Sound familiar?
Well, don’t. You’ll be surprised at the number of ways you can reuse them. Here are a number of unique and surprising uses for those old tea bags.
Soothe Tired or Injured Eyes
Wake up with puffy and red eyes? A couple of tea bags can do the trick. Soak them in cold water then apply over your eyelids. The tea will rejuvenate your face, removing the redness and puffiness after a while. This method also works for healing pink eye (but then again so does Breast Milk).
Flavor Your Meat
If you are looking for a new flavour for your meat, try using a tea bag. Use tea bags (or even leftover tea leaves) to marinate your meat. The sweetness of the drink will add a savory taste to your barbecue.
A Natural Cleaner
Tea can effectively remove grease and grime on mirrors, floors and even linoleum, so why not use your old bags to make a cold brew, then use it as a cleaning solution? Mop your linoleum or wooden flooring with your new mixture. Clean your kitchen countertops with it as well. You can use this for unpainted wooden furniture. Just make sure you wipe it thoroughly, so it won’t stain.
Warts are icky and unsightly. There are numerous items around the house that you can use to remove them. Old tea bags are one example. Soak them in hot water, then put over your wart for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Make sure you dispose of the tea bag after using it on the wart. You can’t say it works as great (or as quick) as vinegar, but it’s worth a try!
Deodorize Your Home
Tea bags soak up water, we all know that, but they can also soak up the stuffy and stinky smell of shoes or musty closets. This trick actually uses unused tea bags. Place a few unwrapped and unused tea bags on a small platter, or in a little container and then place inside a cupboard or area where moisture is. If it’s shoes, place one bag in every shoe. You’ll be surprised at how damp it will become.
Give Oral Relief
Got a painful canker sore? Mouth ulcer? It can go away on its own, but if you want to speed up the healing process, soak a used tea bag, then bite down on it. The tea’s healing properties will soothe the pain and make the sore go away faster. This method also helps stop a pulled tooth from bleeding.
Sunburn And Acne Solution
Old tea bags can also be added to your bath. If you’ve got a bad case of acne, or if your skin is raw and red from tanning at the beach, use the old tea bags to provide relief. Wash off the affected areas with cold tea made from used bags. After several applications, you’ll feel the cooling and calming effects.
Fertilize Your Plants
Here’s a great way to reuse all the old tea bags you have around the house: use them for your plants. Tea bags can be used as an organic fertilizer for potted house plants, with many stimulant benefits from the nutrients in the ingredients. You can even remove the bags and mix the tea leaves inside with your soil, helping absorb water and retaining moisture. If your problem is leaking bottom holes in the plant containers, you can use teabags to prevent the leakage. This also works well for hanging planters.
Show Your Artistic Side
Why do we throw away old tea bags immediately in the first place? Because they stain! Leave it on a surface for too long, and expect a nasty unpleasant surprise. Well, why not use this to your advantage? Use old tea bags as alternative to commercial dyes. You can paint on paper with, or use it to dye fabric and embroidery.
Avoid The Bin
Used tea bags may belong in the trash, but if you don’t want them to go to waste, then these effective methods might be your cup of tea! Soon, you’ll be saving up all those used ones you’ve got around the house.
Have you had success with any of the suggestions mentioned here, or know of another clever use for tea bags? Let us know in the comments below.
There was a time when wooden toys were all kids had to play with. Modern developments have replaced with inexpensive plastic alternatives. Yes they have made playtime a more affordable option for many however they are riddled with potential danger.
Next time you pick up a toy that’s made overseas, consider investing in a safe, solid and far more durable wooden variety. You’ll be making a wise choice and your kids will thank you for it. Here’s why!
Made to last
Made solid with simplicity in mind, wooden toys really are made to last. We very often see families pass down toys from grandparents to grandchildren. Only a toy made with a quality tick of approval would last that long. And what joy would it bring to see something with nostalgia being replayed with by a new generation.
Cheap toys are usually riddled with inferior and inexpensive components. Plastics may contain BPA and other nasty invisible chemicals. We all know kids chew and suck toys so this is definitely a frightening thought. Wooden toys don’t have sharp edges and are a far more natural safer option.
Invite a different type of play
Wooden toys don’t tend to come with electronic components and therefore require manual intervention to make them move and work. There may not be lights, bells or whistles but they do invoke a whole new level of interaction that requires kids to think. Animals and trains that need to be pulled along, numbered and coloured blocks which use hand eye coordination to stack and imagination to turn, push and connect parts to create something new.
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More affordable in the long run
Without a need to continually purchase batteries, replace parts or fix broken components, wooden toys may be a little pricier to purchase initially, but in the long run they become a far more affordable and valuable product.
Our parents and grandparents may not have had the option to play with many toys but there is a very good chance they had at least one timeless
Get back into the swing of looking for wooden toys. They can be passed down from generation to generation and will never be out of fashion. Wooden trains, alphabet blocks and shape sorters are all classical toys that are educational and fun.
Have you ever heard of a wooden toy being recalled for safety reasons?
Lemon juice is a simple, natural alternative that can replace countless bottles of over-priced chemicals. If you have lemons
laying around and are looking for some clever ways to use them and their juice, here are some great ideas.
1. Grease removal – A mixture of plain water and lemon juice is tough enough to bust through any grease on your kitchen appliances and counter tops.
2. Disinfect and deodorize your kitchen – Is your refrigerator or cutting board really clean? Surfaces where we prepare and store food need to be clean, but this is also exactly where we don’t want to use toxic chemical cleaners. Lemon juice is excellent for disinfecting these surfaces, and will also remove unpleasant stains and odors.
3. Sooth a cough – Mix some raw honey with an equal amount of lemon juice to ease your coughing. This also works well for a sore throat.
4. Enhance digestion – Fresh lemon juice in water can aid digestion during meals. It’s also a great way to hydrate in the morning when you first wake up.
5. Tone your skin – Use a cotton ball to apply a light layer of diluted lemon juice to your skin. Let it sit for ten minutes and then rinse away with cool water. The lemon juice will naturally exfoliate your skin, and can also lighten dark spots and scars.
6. Clean glass – Lemon juice is just what you need to bring the sparkle back to that dull vase, coffee pot or decanter. You can also use one part lemon juice in ten parts water to shine your windows.
7. Clean and soften your hands – Lemon juice is excellent for removing stains and odors left on your hands. Lightly scrub the lemon juice into your hands with a sponge, then rinse and moisturize as usual. Your hands will feel clean, soft and fresh.
8. Remove tarnish – A simple paste of table salt and lemon juice can make tarnished copper, chrome and brass gleam again. Apply the mixture, allow it to sit for ten minutes, then rinse with warm water and buff gently to shine.
9. Get sun-kissed hair highlights – Chemicals used to lighten hair can be highly toxic. Get natural highlights by spritzing your hair with lemon juice before you go out in the sun. As an added bonus, rinsing your hair with lemon juice removes build-up and gives your locks incredible shine.
10. Clean your toilet – Toilet cleaning products are harsh and unnecessary. A mixture of borax powder and lemon juice will leave your toilet looking (and smelling) as good as new! What are your lemon juice tips?
11. Clean your refrigerator: Pop a couple in the fridge overnight to clean out any lasting smells.
12. Blackhead removal: Add honey to squeezed lemons and apply to face for a natural blackhead removal treatment.
Avoid the toxic chemicals when you next roll up your sleeves and clean your home, reach for a pill to treat a cold or seek
something soothing to pamper your skin. Lemons are fantastic in many ways.
Bananas and their skin (a.k.a. peel) are not typically known for being anything other than a nourishing fruit high in potassium.
There are however a number of clever ways that banana peel can be used and reused.
Best way to store bananas?
If you buy your bananas green, you can place them in the fridge to store them, as opposed to a fruit wall, but make sure you separate them from other fruits and vegetables. They will ripen much slower this way.
Bananas that have their stems covered, or wrapped, last longer than those that don’t.
14 Ways To Use Bananas and Banana Skin
- Plant Nutrient: Banana peel is a common compost bin contributor, but have you considered burying it directly in the soil with your plants? You can even make your own nutrient-rich fertiliser by placing the peel into a jar and covering it with water. The enzymes will seep into the water and each time you feed your plants, add 150ml or so of the ‘banana peel water’ to your watering can.
- Polish & Shine: You can polish your shoes, and even the put a shine on the leaves of your houseplants with banana peel. Probably not the most common of ideas but at least there are alternatives around in case you run out of store-bought products or prefer to avoid the ‘spit and polish’ routine.
- Skin Relief: Rub the inside of the banana peel onto scratches or itchy bites to relieve the condition. Acts in a similar way to aloe vera.
- Wart & Splinter Remover: This is one that many people swear by. Cut a piece of banana peel big enough to cover the wart (or splinter) area and attach it with a bandaid. Continue to refresh / replace as need be until it is gone.
- Bug Bites: Rub banana peel onto a bite and it will help to soothe the irritated skin and reduce itching.
- Bruises: Amazingly, banana peel can help speed up the healing of bruises and promote healing go any skin scrapes and scratches.
- Headaches: Hold the banana peel across your forehead as a cure to your awful headache.
- Acne: There are many chemical cures for acne however if you are seeking a natural alternative give this a try. Banana peel contains healing properties that help to soothe the inflammation and irritation caused by acne. Rub the peel over the affected area and you could see results in as little as a couple of days.
- Teeth Whitening: Some say that rubbing banana peel on your teeth daily will result in whiter teeth. Guess it cannot hurt.
- Psoriasis: Rub banana skin on your skin daily and the properties in the peel will help to moisturise, reduce itchiness, and heal psoriasis in as little as a few days.
- Deter Aphids: Aphids, those tiny little bugs that just love roses, do not like banana peels. Try hanging some around the fence line near your roses and it will deter them from visiting.
- Compost: Banana peels break down rather fast in compost (unlike orange peels) and can be a wonderful addition to your compost.
- Garden Food: Dry banana peels and rip them up or cut in a food processor and sprinkle in your garden as a great nutrient.
- A face mask: Bananas make for a great natural face mask. They effectively moisturise your skin leaving it looking and feeling softer. Simply mash up a ripe banana until it is smooth and then apply to your clean face. Leave for 10 minutes then rinse off.
Believe it or not, placentophagy is real. People eat placenta. Eating placenta is considered a key to a speedy return to health after birth, decreasing the likelihood of postnatal depression and a way to increase breast milk production. Best we understand what, why and how before closing the door on this cultural tradition. So what are the clever uses for Placenta?
What is Placenta?
The placenta is an incredible, life-giving organ. From the moment of conception the placenta forms and grows and becomes means of supplying key nutrients to your baby whilst in the womb. Rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly B6, the placenta is often referred to as the tree of life.
After a baby is delivered, next comes the delivery of the placenta. It is a mass of tissue shared by both the mother and the baby and helps to protect the baby from virus as it functions like a filter.
What is Placentophagy?
Placentophagy, or the practice of placentophagia, refers to eating placenta. Depending on who you talk to you are bound to raise eyebrows and receive varying degrees of opinion. Reasons for eating placenta vary almost as much as the recipes you can use.
Speak to someone in the field of Chinese Medicine and you are likely to hear all about the incredible respect that placenta has. Its medicinal value is up there with the best, treating impotence and infertility. In medicine, typically placenta would be dried and offered in the form of a capsule. We live in a world where are are reminded to recycle, renew and reuse. This just puts it into a different perspective all together.
Eating the Placenta – What does Placenta taste like?
Depending on how it is ‘prepared’ it has been said that placenta takes the form of a liver-like flavour. Dried it can be compared to jerky. In crushed powdered form inside a capsule, well I suspect it would be masked by what ever you drink it with. If you can get your head around the concept and think it has medicinal value then make sure you ask your medical professional for further details.
If you have ever eaten placenta, planted placenta or know someone who has please share your stories. This is a fascinating subject that no doubt will generate lots of discussion.
Searching for the right placenta recipe is a matter of personal preference. There are many ways cook placenta, and how one chooses to devour it can vary greatly. Use is as an alternative to meat or replace a liver dish with placenta. You could probably dice it up or mince it. I have been warned though that you should remove any membranes and the umbilical cord as they may be chewy. Have you tried:
- Placenta soup, pie or lasagne
- Placenta drinks – blending placenta with other nutritional supplements
- Or just plain old raw placenta sushi style
If you yourself have tasted and or cooked placenta please feel free to share your recipe below.
Planting the Placenta
If eating the placenta just does not sit well in your stomach, have you considered planting the placenta? Traditions exist whereby ceremonies are held to bury the placenta after the birth of the baby as a representation and celebration of life. Often a special flower or tree is then planted in the burial spot, where the placenta then continues to nourish by providing the plant with life.
Or course you can also encapsulate it.
What is that old saying again….’Don’t knock it ’till you try it!”