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15 Unbelievable Uses of Used Teabags You Didn’t Know Before

15 Unbelievable Uses of Used Teabags You Didn’t Know Before

You drink your tea every morning, and you probably throw out that used teabag mindlessly, as soon as you’ve finished your cuppa. But did you know there are many other uses for teabags? Try these 15 tips to get the most out of your morning tea.

1. It can be used to flavor your oats or pasta.

Before cooking your pasta, oats or rice, steep a couple bags of jasmine, green or chamomile tea in the water. Remove them just before you add the grains, to give a subtle flavour, while adding the nutritional benefits from the tea.

2. It can neutralize bad odors.

Stash used teabags in the fridge to zap unwanted odors. Dumping the contents of a used, dry teabag in a litter box or ashtray will also help remove bad smells.

3. It can deodorize smelly hands.

There are some smells that just don’t go away with soap. Get rid of pesky smells such as garlic or onion by scrubbing your hands with the contents of a used teabag. The antibacterial properties of the tea will leave your hands smelling nice and fresh in no time.

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4. It can be used to create a relaxing, anti-aging bath.

Throw some used tea bags in your bath water. The smell will relax you, and the antioxidants in the tea will keep your skin glowing and youthful, by protecting it against free radicals.

5. It works great as an all-natural mouth wash.

Steep some green or peppermint tea, and let it cool to room temperature to create a natural mouthwash. This is the perfect alternative to alcohol-based mouthwashes that burn your mouth.

6. It works well as hair conditioner.

Rinse your hair with weak tea after washing like normal while massaging the scalp. You will find that this brings volume to otherwise lifeless hair!

7. It can soften and deodorize feet.

Using green tea, prepare yourself a foot soak. Once the water is a bearable temperature, soak your feet. The green tea is naturally antibacterial, and will get rid of any smell. Once the water gets cold, dump out the contents of the teabags and exfoliate for refreshed, soft feet.

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8. It can minimize eye bags and dark circles.

Cool two teabags in the fridge for a few minutes. Lie down, and place the teabags over your eyes. Leave them on for at least 15 minutes to see the most noticeable results. Tea contains tannins, which will help constrict blood vessels around the eyes, reducing swelling.

9. It can minimize the appearance of bruises.

A similar idea to eye bags, the tannins in tea will help reduce swelling in bruises. Use cooled black teabags for maximum effect.

10. It works great as a glass or mirror cleaner.

Use damp teabags to scrub windows and mirrors. Tea contains compounds that help to break down grease and oil, leaving behind a crystal clear surface. Not to mention, it’s a much more natural alternative to chemical-filled cleaning sprays!

11. The amount you use can be doubled to make stronger tea.

This one may be obvious, but it is quite a handy tip if you like your tea on the strong side. When steep your tea, use one new teabag and one used teabag for extra tea flavor.

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12. It works well as a DIY air freshener.

Take a dried out teabag, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and voila! A natural and homemade air freshener that you can hang in your car, kitchen, bathroom, etc.

13. It can deter household pests.

Did you know that rodents hate the smell of tea? Place dry, used teabags in cupboards, closets and anywhere else to repel mice and rats. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to your teabags to repel spiders and ants as well!

14. It can be used to draw out infections.

Applying pre-brewed teabags to infections such as pink-eye, canker sores, blisters and warts can help reduce pain, draw out the infection and speed up the healing process.

15. It can be used to dye paper and cloth.

Steep some used teabags, and use the tea to give regular paper and fabric an aged, antique look.

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Sources:

healthdigezt.com

naturallivingideas.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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