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TEA TIPS: 12 UNIQUE USES FOR TEA

The pure and natural benefits of tea can be a great way to power up your daily routine. Tea can be infused into everything from cleaning solutions to beauty remedies to culinary garnishes and more. Oh, and did we mention it’s often a great way to reuse and recycle your used tea bags? Explore our 12 favorite tricks for using tea beyond the cup.


IN THE KITCHEN...

#1. SMOOTHIE BOOSTER

Add 1 teaspoon of Matcha Powder to your favorite smoothie recipe for an instant antioxidant infusion.

#2. INSTANT SALAD TOPPER

Sprinkle Genmai Cha or Kyoto Rice on top of your favorite green salad for a crunchy, satisfying garnish.

#3. EASY RECIPE SUBSTITUTE

Replace water with your favorite tea to elevate any recipe and infuse more flavor. We recommend adding two pouches of our Bombay Chai to rice, pasta and soups for a nutty, spicy flavor!


IN YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE...

#4. MATCHA MASQUE

For an easy, natural way to tone and brighten your face, try antioxidant rich Matcha.

Mix 1 teaspoon of Matcha Powder with a small amount of water to create a thin paste (hint: you can also add your favorite essential oil to this mix!). Spread evenly on clean skin, let dry for 15 minutes, and gently rinse off with warm water.

#5. EYE REMEDY

Before disposing of them, freeze your wet, used tea bags for 5 minutes. Find a comfy place to lie back, then place the chilled tea bags over your eyes. Let sit for 15 minutes and relax!

This is a great way to reuse your old tea bags and hydrate your skin at the same time. We recommend using Green Tea for its nutrient-rich properties.

#6. HAND SCRUB & EXFOLIANT

An aromatic and efficacious way to achieve softer skin!

Mix 1/3 cup of loose Rooibos Tea, 1/3 cup sugar, ¼ cup coconut oil, and the juice and zest of 1 fresh lemon together.

Store in a jar and use on rough hands, feet, knees and elbows to instantly soften and exfoliate.

Matcha Powder also makes a great addition to any DIY scrub.


IN THE HOME...

#7. ODOR ELIMINATOR

Add a few bags of dry, unused black tea to your sock drawer to absorb odor.

We recommend Organic Earl Grey so your drawer gets the added benefit of the light, citrusy scent of bergamot!

#8. COMPOST BOOSTER

Scattering your used tea leaves in the garden is a great way to reintroduce beneficial nutrients, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, back into the ground. When scattered on top of the soil, tea helps to prevent weed growth and holds in moisture. When mixed in to the soil, the tea leaves can help provide better drainage.

#9. NATURAL CLEANER

Tea is a great natural cleanser. Steep a strong teapot of green tea. Allow it to cool, then transfer to a spray bottle. Use it to clean windows, inside your microwave or refrigerator, the stovetop, or any surfaces that could use a bit of sparkle!

We recommend using a tea like Organic Spring Jasmine, which naturally helps eliminates odors while imparting a pleasant, subtle floral aroma.


ON A HOT SUMMER DAY...

#10. TEA ICE CUBES

Try this easy trick and never have watered down iced tea again. Steep a batch of your favorite iced tea. Without letting it cool (starting ice cubes with hot water tends to develop clearer cubes), pour the tea into ice cube trays and place in the freezer overnight. When you are ready to enjoy a cold glass of your favorite iced tea, use the tea ice cubes in place of regular ice.

#11. FLASH STEEPED ICED

The best way to make a refreshing cold brewed tea! Pick your favorite tea bag and place it in a mason jar. Bring a pot of water to a boil.

Allow the water to sit for 30 seconds to avoid shocking the tea leaves, then pour a small amount over the tea bag, just enough to cover it. “Flash” steep the tea for 30 seconds. Without removing the pouch, add 1 cup of cold water to the jar. Seal the jar and allow the tea to cold steep for 3-6 hours in the refrigerator, or overnight.

#12. AFTER-SUN REMEDY

A simple trick to soothe the burn. First, make iced tea using a cooling blend, like Organic Mint Melange.

Steep two tea bags in 1 cup of boiling water. After 5 minutes, remove the tea bags and place in the freezer until cold to the touch. Once the pouches have cooled, remove them from the freezer, find a comfortable place to sit in the shade, and place the cold tea pouches on sunburned areas, like your cheeks or nose to soothe and hydrate..