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5 Easy Ways to Reuse Tea

5 Easy Ways to Reuse Tea

All you need are 15 minutes and some used tea leaves to freshen carpets, tenderize meat, or clean mirrors

You’ve probably heard that a hot cup of Earl Grey is good for your body and soothes your soul, but did you know that it can also help you make a greener home? Reusing tea for these common household tasks is a great way to avoid using chemical-based cleaning products (and save some money while you’re at it).

Remove toilet stains: To remove ugly stains from the bottom of your toilet bowl, throw a few used tea bags into the toilet and let them sit for several minutes. (If your stains are really bad, give it some extra time.) When the bags are flushed down the toilet, the stains will go with them!

Freshen carpets: Between pets, diapered children, and nasty weather, your carpets are probably seeing a lot of action these days. Even if you don’t have small ones rolling around on your carpet, you still want it to smell good! To freshen a stinky or musty carpet, simply sprinkle a handful of dried tea leaves onto it. Let them sit for about 10 minutes, and then vacuum them up.

Tenderize meat: Want to impress your dinner party guests with a perfectly tenderized rib-eye steak? Tea is a great meat tenderizer because it contains naturally occurring tannins, and can be substituted for more expensive alternatives like red wine. Steep the tea in boiling water for about five minutes. Mix ½ cup of brown sugar into the water until it dissolves. Then pour the mix over your meat and cook it like you normally would. Bon appetit!

Clean mirrors: Forget store-bought cleaners — tea can remove grease and grime on mirrors! Simply brew a second pot of tea with one to two used tea bags, and then use your watered-down tea as a cleaning solution. Pair your tea with coffee filters to create the perfect mirror-cleaning duo.

Fertilize plants: To make your plants lush and your flowers beautiful, transfer tea’s nitrogen-rich nutrients to your soil by adding a few tea bags to the mix. Don’t like the look of tea bags in your soil? Empty the contents of the bags into your fertilizer, or use loose tea leaves instead. If you want to start working some seriously brag-worthy plant game, read: Much Ado About Mulch.

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  • Drinking hibiscus tea on a daily basis has shown to reduce blood pressure.
  • Hibiscus is high in antioxidants and has antiviral properties.
  • There is evidence that hibiscus tea may reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes since it has hypoglycemic effects.
  • Note that hibiscus tea has estrogenic properties so it&rsquos best to be avoided if you&rsquore pregnant.

    The more of the whole flower you can see, the better the quality. Loose hibiscus tea is higher quality and you can see the flower petals. Hibiscus tea bags are of lower quality since they&rsquore filled with crushed flower petals.
  • Water
    If you can, always use filtered water for making tea since water quality makes a difference in how your tea tastes.


Where Can You Buy Hibiscus Tea?

You can check your local tea shop, but mine didn’t even have it. In the end, I found it at a small wellness shop selling teas for health benefits, and at an Arabic grocery store.

If you’re in Montreal hit up Apothecaire en Herbe in the Plateau, or Marché Akhavan.


8 Brilliant Ways to Use Tea Bags (Beyond Brewing Tea), From Infusing Booze to Taking an Herbal Tea Bath

Don't toss those unused tea bags! Believe it or not, they're capable of far more than you realize. Green tea eye masks, anyone?

If your favorite tea bag is eager to venture out of the mug and explore some new territory—or you&aposre just never going to use that box of age-old rooibos—look no further. A simple bag of tea can do much more than, well, brew a warm beverage. And because tea comes in so many flavors and styles, the options are pretty much endless for this versatile pantry staple. Whether you&aposre eager to amp up your home baking or indulge in a DIY spa day, try these tricks to help get the most out of your tea collection. 

Amp up your baked goods or at-home cocktails with tea-infused simple syrups. To make, steep tea as usual in a cup of water. Remove tea bag and melt in equal parts sugar. The syrup can then be stirred into iced coffee, tea, cocktails, or used in or on top of baked goods.

Instead of splurging on a fancy bottle of flavored booze, make your own! Simply let a bag of tea seep in a small jar of your preferred spirit for 15 minutes—that’s it—and you’ll taste its complex, concentrated flavors. If you want more flavor, use more tea (rather than tacking on more time, which can lead to bitterness).

Add earthy, herbal flavor to boiled eggs by soaking them overnight in tea. Classic Chinese tea eggs use black tea as well as aromatics to infused the already cooked eggs with a tasty exterior. To make, boil eggs in water as desired, then crack the shells or completely peel, and soak the eggs for 12 hours in a steeped black tea (or another flavor) to your liking.


Afternoon tea recipes

Throw your own afternoon tea party with our selection of teatime treats, from delicate scones, cakes and patisserie to savoury pies and scotch eggs.

Classic scones with jam & clotted cream

You can have a batch of scones on the table in 20 minutes with Jane Hornby's storecupboard recipe, perfect for unexpected guests

Lemon drizzle slices

A classic British cake from the Bake Off judge, Paul Hollywood's lemon drizzle is a simple traybake, made extra special with feather icing

Butterfly cupcakes

These pretty cupcakes are perfect for a special occasion. The flavoured syrup help the cakes stay moist, so you can make them a day ahead and decorate the next day

Angel cake

Treat guests to this colourful angel cake with decorative fondant icing. It will go down well with a cuppa for afternoon tea

Afternoon tea sandwiches

Keep the whole family happy this summer with a delicious spread of sandwiches, perfect for an afternoon tea or buffet

Eclairs

A classic eclair recipe of light choux pastry filled with rich crème pâtissière. Make the basic buns, then fill with on-trend flavours and colourful glazes for a stunning afternoon tea treat

Classic cheese scones

Indulge in some cheese scones for afternoon tea or as part of a picnic. They're also great served alongside soups and you can freeze them for later use


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With a little ingenuity, K-Cups that would otherwise be headed for the trash can make for quirky decorations. Brighten them up with paint, glitter, construction paper, or all of the above and thread them through a string to make a festive garland. If you have a set of string lights at home, you can poke holes through the centers of your K-Cups (or use the whole that's already there from the machine) and use them as tiny light covers. Cutting patterns into the plastic makes for a dramatic effect when you turn on the lights.


20 Smart Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds at Your Home and Garden

Jennifer is a full-time homesteader who started her journey in the foothills of North Carolina in 2010. Currently, she spends her days gardening, caring for her orchard and vineyard, raising chickens, ducks, goats, and bees. Jennifer is an avid canner who provides almost all food for her family needs. She enjoys working on DIY remodeling projects to bring beauty to her homestead in her spare times.

Are you aware that if you drink coffee daily your metabolism can be boosted from 3 up to 11%? It is also one of the top detox drinks for most Western citizens because of its ability to rid our bodies of free radicals.

Coffee is also known to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. That’s good news if you drink one cup of coffee per day.

But what should you do with all of your used coffee grounds? It’s a lot of waste.

Well, don’t fret over it too much because today I have numerous ways for how you can reuse coffee grounds while also getting the health benefits of your morning cup of coffee.

1. Grow Your Garden

Coffee grounds are great to add to your garden. They make a wonderful fertilizer that adds nitrogen to your plants and enriches your soil.

If you want to add an organic element to your soil that will help aerate, retain moisture, and attract earthworms then look no further than your morning coffee.

2. Tell Pests to Hit the Road

Pests are gardeners’ biggest enemy. If you are looking for a way to get rid of ants, slugs, or snails from your property, then leaving used coffee grounds around should do the trick.

It’s easy, natural, and cheap.

All you have to do is to spread used coffee grounds around areas where you want to repel ants and other pests. They hate the smell. Make sure to replace it every day.

3. Compost It

As I mentioned, if you are a gardener then you should learn to love your used coffee grounds. Even if you don’t want to apply them directly to your soil, you can at least add them to your compost bin.

Yes, earthworms love coffee and will turn it into a rich organic compost that will give your plants a great place to grow.

4. Feed the Worms

Worms love coffee grounds, it’s one of their favorite foods.

When it comes to your used coffee grounds, if you raise your own worms or just want to give the worms in your garden a friendly snack to keep them around, coffee grounds are great for that.

From the above video, you can learn how to feed worms with coffee grounds.

5. Stop the Odor

My biggest pet peeve around my house is our kitchen trash. If the trash is overflowing or if it stinks, apparently I am the only one that can see or smell it.

Well, to help with the odor issue, I’ve learned that you can sprinkle some used coffee grounds at the bottom of the can. It will help keep your trashcan odor-free.

6. Homemade Drain-O

Do you ever get clogged drains? It is a common household problem. Don’t worry about purchasing expensive products from your local store. Or even worse, having to pay for someone to come unclog your drains.

Oh no, instead just put your old coffee grounds to work. When you run them down your drain because they can be a little abrasive they will actually scrub your drain pipes for you.

7. Fix a Dent

Coffee grounds won’t actually fix a dent, but they will fix a scratch in dark wood. If you have a piece of furniture that is a darker wood and has a nasty scratch in it, there’s hope.

Rub used coffee grounds into the scratch. It should help hide that nasty scratch and help your furniture’s appearance.

8. Put Baking Soda out of a Job

You might recall when you could buy those cute little polar bears that were hugging, that were meant to hold your baking soda inside the fridge. The whole purpose was to allow the baking soda to sit discretely in your fridge and help kill the odors that often develop behind those doors.

I know baking soda isn’t very expensive but you can’t always make it to the store. And truthfully, if I don’t have to buy something I usually don’t. In this case, you can actually use old coffee grounds to replace baking soda when it comes to keeping odors down in the fridge.

9. Add That ‘Pow’ to Your Food

Another way you can reuse coffee grounds is by adding them to recipes. You might not have thought of it, but they are actually quite common in desserts or used as a rub for meats.

If you ever decide to try some of those recipes, know that used coffee grounds will work just as well as fresh coffee grounds. This recipe will get you started.

10. Make It Your Maid

Okay, well don’t get too excited. The coffee grounds won’t magically get up and start cleaning the house for you. Sorry! (I wish!)

But you can make a handy household cleaner with it that is not only frugal but also leaves a great scent behind too. All you have to do is place coffee grounds on a rag and scrub. The abrasiveness of the grounds will help give you a deeper clean.

11. Let Your Morning Coffee Scrub In

You can also reuse coffee grounds by using them as a scrub for your face and body. Yep, you guessed it. Not only can coffee grounds help your plants, help to keep your home cleaner, and also deodorize your home, but they can also be used as a nice body scrub.

All you have to do is mix the coffee grounds in a bit of warm water or body oil and start scrubbing that dead skin off. Just use caution if you have sensitive skin as to not irritate it.

12. Make It Your Beautician

Oh yes, as much as coffee can help your skin and face, it can also help your hair. You won’t be exfoliating it so much though.

Instead, when you are in the shower getting ready to wash your hair, rub a hand full of old coffee grounds into your hair first. Then shampoo your hair. It helps to break down any residue or build-up you might have in your hair.

13. Get Rid of the Onion Smell

I sometimes have this problem, especially when fixing pintos with chopped onions. Because no matter how much I wash my hands, the onion smell will still linger. Much to my dismay, most of the time I end up going to bed still smelling of onions.

However, had I just thought of the old trusty coffee grounds I wouldn’t have had to smell of onions all night long. All you have to do to get rid of that pesky onion smell is rub old coffee grounds on your hands. The coffee smell will defeat the onion smell. It is that simple.

14. Make It Your Homemade Foot Odor Eater

My sister will probably want to disown me for telling you this but for years she would not let her feet breathe. She slept in socks, wore shoes all the time, and her feet developed a strong odor. She had all kinds of store-bought products but finally learned that she simply had to let her feet breathe!

However, if you are in the same situation, don’t spend a fortune on odor-reducing products. Try slipping some old coffee grounds inside your shoes while you not wearing them. It should take care of the problem. But also, do give your poor feet a chance to breathe fresh air.

15. Change Your Clothes

Have you ever spilled coffee on some of your clothes? Especially white clothing? Have you paid much attention to the golden color it turns to?

Well, that is a great color if you do it on purpose. So the next time you need to dye your clothes that color, instead of buying dye, reuse coffee grounds by turning them into a dye.

16. Boost Your Root Harvest

Did you know that your root vegetables love caffeine? I know, who would’ve guessed? But they do! Especially carrots.

The next time you grow and harvest root vegetables keep that in mind. By simply sowing old coffee grounds into the ground around your vegetables, you will find that your harvest prospers because of the nutrients absorbed from the coffee grounds. Some actually suggest mixing coffee grounds in with your seeds before planting.

17. Put the Cat Off

I am a huge fan of cats. I actually have two indoors. But my husband doesn’t like the idea of stray cats around our property, especially in the garden.

So a great way to keep cats out of your garden without harming them is by putting your coffee grounds to work. You’ll need to mix orange peels and coffee grounds together.

Then toss them out all over your garden.

18. Make Something

Reuse coffee grounds by making lots of different items. They can be used for craft projects as realistic dirt.

But you can also use your old coffee grounds to make great smelling soaps and candles. If you love the smell of coffee then why not keep it around as frequently as possible.

19. This One is for the Ladies

Okay, ladies, let’s be real. It doesn’t matter your walk in life, at some point, most of us will end up with cellulite. It makes us self-conscious and distracts us from loving our bodies.

So how great is it, that I have a simple and inexpensive idea that could possibly fix your bout with cellulite? You take some old coffee grounds and mix them with warm water. Then rub them on the area impacted by cellulite for about 10 minutes, a few times a week.

20. Winter Safety

Cleaning out your fireplace and woodstove is important in order to be safe while burning wood during the winter. There are tons of different ways to clean out your fireplace but one you probably haven’t thought of includes using your old coffee grounds.

The idea is to throw your old coffee grounds directly into the fireplace on top of the ashes. This should weight the ashes down and make it much easier to clean out space.

You now have numerous options on how you can reuse old coffee grounds. Go on and try them. You won’t regret it.


10 Easy Ways To Make Your Own Chinese Herbal Tea for Everyday Drinking

Asia is a treasure trove of herbal ingredients with powerful properties that can help in our eternal quests to improve our health. Here are 10 superfoods that can be used in herbal tea for a quick and easy boost of wellness.

1. Fragrant Toasted Barley Tea

Barley is a grain that’s often used in porridge or for desserts, thanks to its creamy texture and sweet flavour. Once you roast those pearly grains, however, barley turns into something completely different. Ever heard of Mugicha in Japan? Well, that’s tea made with toasted barley grains. Barley Tea is a traditional East Asian remedy for hot weather and a heaty constitution. By making it yourself at home, you can control the amount of toastiness, as well as ensure that you’re using good-quality barley grains.

Toast 2 cups pearl barley grains in a dry pan on a medium heat, stirring occasionally until the grains are evenly toasted and brown all over.

Simmer the toasted barley in 1.5 litres water for 10-15 minutes, until you have a lightly fragrant tea. Serve hot or cold.

2. Invigorating Ginseng and Honey Green Tea

People around the world turn to honey for an immunity boost when they’re feeling under the weather, but the addition of ginseng can help supercharge your health. In Asia, ginseng has long been prized as a potent medicinal ingredient that can improve your health, immunity, memory, vitality and energy. There are a number of types of ginseng, but for a powerful energy boost, you want to look at Korean red ginseng or Asian ginseng. Infusing honey with ginseng creates an almost-magic potion that you can enjoy easily.

Stir equal amounts of shaved dry ginseng and good-quality honey together, storing it in a jar to infuse for 1-3 weeks. When you need a little boost, dissolve a spoonful of the mixture in warm water. For even more energy, dissolve the ginseng honey in some green tea for a gentle caffeine jolt.

3. Warming Mulberry Leaves and Mint Tea

You might be more familiar with the mulberry fruit, a sweet, tart juicy berry similiar to raspberries and blackberries. The leaves though, make for a delightful tea, especially when combined with mint leaves.

The Chinese have long relied on mulberry leaves, not only to feed the silkworms that create one of China’s greatest historical exports, but to maintain their health. Although traditionally used, they’ve become a buzzy superfood again, especially among people looking for help lowering their blood pressure, or for that extra push in weight loss.

The active ingredient in mulberry leaves, called sang ye in Chinese, is 1-deoxynojirimycin (DNJ), which could help to block the absorption of too many carbohydrates.

Infused dried white mulberry leaves in hot water as loose leaf tea, or mix with fresh or dried mint for a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)-inspired herbal tea blend.

4. Balanced Osmanthus and Oolong Tea

With an elegant floral fragrance, osmanthus buds are most often used in Chinese desserts, but they’re also a wonderful ingredient to add to a herbal tea. Like other flowers in TCM, osmanthus is thought to help cool the body, detoxify and cleanse the body, and improve the skin.

Mix equal parts of osmanthus buds and dried rosebuds together for a simple complexion-boosting tea blend. Add some dried lavender buds for an extra touch of stress relief. Simply infuse 1 teaspoon of the dried flower tea in a cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes, and you’ve got a lovely, floral treat. Alternatively, mix dried osmanthus into some loose leaf oolong tea for a special tea blend that will gently boost your wellbeing.

5. Sweet Bitter Liquorice Root Tea

There’s no getting around the fact that liquorice is an acquired taste: you either love it or hate it. But compared with black liquorice candy, liquorice root tea gives you a milder flavour experience. Liquorice root is also frequently used in TCM blends, so there are its health benefits to recognise too.

For a simple TCM tonic, steep 5g of sliced licorice root and 5g of Jie Geng (radix platycodi) in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes. This blend is thought to dissolve phlegm and soothe a sore throat, a common affliction of life in an urban setting. However, do bear in mind that liquorice root is not suitable for those with high blood pressure.

6. Aromatic Goji Berries Tea

While many ingredients are recognised as ‘heaty’ or ‘cooling’ in TCM, Goji berries are considered ‘neutral’, which makes them the perfect addition to soups and herbal teas. Traditionally believed to be a key to longevity, Goji berries (also known as wolfberries) are known to be chock full of antioxidants, which means they’re no longer confined to Asian medicine, and can be found in smoothies and acai bowls the world over.

Goji berries are an ideal introduction to the world of herbal teas, especially for children, thanks to their sweet and tangy flavour. When blended with jujube dates in a herbal tea, they make a lovely concoction that’s great for replenishing the blood and boosting energy – so ladies, you know what to do when that time of the month is approaching. And when it’s such an easy tea to make and drink, you can’t go wrong.

7. Comforting Jujube and Goji Berries Tea

Jujube, or red dates, are often found in Chinese sweet dessert soups, so you would be forgiven for overlooking their medicinal properties. However, these little parcels of sweetness are used in TCM to regulate qi, nourish the blood, calm the mind and boost immunity. They’re especially loved by women who turn to red dates for regulating their hormones.

Like Goji berries, they have a sweet and pleasant flavour, making them the perfect gateway ingredient to herbal teas. Red dates lean towards being ‘heaty’ in nature, so while those who have ‘heaty’ constitutions should use them with discretion, they’re an essential part of traditional Chinese confinement after birth, imparting warming nutrition to new mothers.

Use Jujube in conjunction with Goji berries in the recipe below for a yummy and healthy treat that the whole family will love.

Simmer 4 jujube dates and ½ cup Goji berries in 500ml water for 20-30 minutes. Strain and enjoy.

If you’re using this recipe to regulate your hormones, make sure to drink it before or after that time of the month, but not during.

8. Light and Lifting Green Beans Tea

Also known as mung beans, green beans are a powerhouse of plant-based protein. These little beans are used in different styles of cooking around the world, but they also have medicinal properties that make them a great addition to a herbal tea habit.

Boil 1 cup of mung beans in 2 cups water for 20 minutes, straining and adding honey or rock sugar to taste for a traditional mung bean tea.

A great source of potassium and magnesium, two elements that are often missing in today’s diet, green beans may help lower ‘bad’ cholesterol. In TCM, green beans are believed to fight off damp heat and are often recommended by Chinese doctors in the summer. With the hot weather we have here in Southeast Asia, these little beans should have a space on every kitchen counter.

9. Soothing Luo Han Guo Tea

Sometimes called the ‘magic fruit’ or ‘longevity fruit’, luo han guo, or monk fruit, is a small green melon native to China and traditionally associated with the Buddhist monks who first cultivated it. In recent years, luo han guo has gained plenty of attention as a sugar alternative. It’s around 200 times sweeter than sugar, which means you can get the same sweet flavour with zero calories.

Traditionally, luo han guo is prized as a heat-dissipating ingredient, making it perfect for hot days and sore throats. This fruit is used by TCM doctors to keep the lungs and airways healthy, making it an important ally for maintaining health. Use luo han guo in conjunction with chrysanthemum for a double dose of ‘cooling’ power.

10. Refreshing Chrysanthemum and Luo Han Guo Tea

One of the most well-known herbal tea ingredients, chrysanthemum is so popular that you can even find it as a canned drink. However, making your own chrysanthemum tea is a great way to ensure the quality of what you’re consuming, as well as tailoring the tea blend to your needs.

Chrysanthemum is thought to help cool the body down, as well as cleanse the liver and improve eyesight, which should certainly appeal to most of us who work in front of a computer. Make a simple blend of equal parts chrysanthemum flowers and green tea leaves for all-day sipping, or mix chrysanthemum with luo han guo in the recipe below for the ultimate cooling companion.

Thanks to the luo han guo, this tea is naturally sweet, but without the dangers of sugar. Serve this warm or keep a batch in the fridge for a cooling treat.

Crack open 1 dried luo han guo fruit, and place in a pot with 2 litres water. Bring to a boil, mashing the fruit gently. Add 25g dried chrysanthemum, and 25g dried longan if you like, and simmer for 45 minutes. Strain, and sweeten to taste with rock sugar if desired.


How to Make Dandelion Tea from Fresh Root

Dandelion root is becoming all the rage these days because of the health benefits it offers.

Not to mention, most of us have dandelions growing in our yard which makes dandelion root not only healthy but free.

When deciding to use dandelion root found in your yard, you’ll begin by digging up the entire dandelion plant. You’ll need to use your garden tools to ensure you get it all because you’re looking for the taproot.

After the plant has been dug up, separate the taproot from the rest of the plant. Be sure to rinse the root in cold water thoroughly.

While the tap root is drying, begin boiling one quart of water in your saucepan. Pat the taproot dry and chop the root into chunks.

You’ll need two teaspoons of dandelion tap root per quart of water. When you’ve measured the right amount, add the chopped root to the pot of boiling water.

When the root has been added, cover the pot, and reduce the heat. This should decrease the water from a rolling boil and give the root time to steep.

Allow the steeping process to take place on the burner for approximately one minute.

When the minute has passed, remove the pot from the stove and allow the dandelion root to continue steeping for another 40 minutes.

After the 40 minutes is up, strain the root from the water and discard it. Pour the remaining liquid into your cup and add your desired sweetener.


5. Parsley and Mint Detox Tea

By now you know that your liver naturally detoxifies your body on its own. That said, the promising studies surrounding detox teas show us that there’s more to them than detoxification alone.

Taking certain medications, eating junk food, and experiencing stress can harm your liver. Helping it regenerate to optimum health requires proper nutrition and attention to self-care.

Step to Health’s tea recipe combines refreshing mint with freshly picked parsley, making the green veggie more than a garnish. Parsley contains flavonoids that help your body oxygenate itself.

It also has lots of vitamin C and vitamin A, two key nutrients for optimal liver function. They’re also helpful for boosting your immune system.

Parsley has diuretic properties too, so it helps to move things along in more ways than one. Mint aids digestion and stimulates liver function, especially when your liver becomes overloaded.

Steep your freshly chopped parsley and mint in a cup of hot water. Let it rest, then strain and add lemon juice for a refreshing and vibrant (and vibrantly colored) detox tea.

If you’re feeling like you don’t want to make these teas on your own and would rather have a pre-made concoction, we also have an article on 5 detox teas for weight loss that can all be found on Amazon and delivered right to your door!

If you enjoyed this article on detox tea recipes for weight loss or have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below!

Cathy Dean

Hey y’all. My name is Cathy, a former junk-food loving carb-aholic turned nutrition and fitness enthusiast. Here at Avocadu, we believe that a nutrient-rich diet is EVERYTHING when it comes to your health and well-being. Our motto is “Healthy from the Inside Out”! As a Certified Keto Coach, I specialize in teaching others how to lose weight through healthy, low-carb eating.