Don’t Throw Away Those Used Tea Bags

There are some things you can do with those used tea bags. We have some suggestions for recycling them:

Use some wet tea bags to when you have minor burns or sunburns.
Place them over tired eyes to soothe them.
Soothe razor burns.
Sprinkle around rosebushes – the roses like tannins.
Put some used tea bags in the water with rice or pasta for a different flavor.
Save them up and dye some clothes for that vintage look.
Renew wood surfaces by wiping with some re-brewed tea bags.
Use re-brewed tea bags and rinse your hair and scalp.
Compost them.
Rub them on chapped lips.
Rub them on sore or bleeding gums.
Use to clean grease.
Mix the used leaves in your kitty’s litter box.
Saturate with peppermint essential oil and place in cabinets to deter pests and rodents.
Use to scrub your hands especially after handling garlic, onions, fish.
Soak your feet
Soak the rest of you and throw them in the tub.
Use to help with skin infections or warts.

Smart Mug

There is a new invention called the Ember Ceramic Mug from this past year from Ember Technologies. Maybe it can even be considered a “smart mug” because it can keep the temperature steady. Meant for drinking at home (not a travel mug), this mug is connected and will even let you know when your drink has reached the temperature you want. It holds 10 oz.

The price is $79.95. You can also purchase a Ceramic Mug Charging Coaster for 39.95 separately.

The Ember company also has a Travel Mug that sells for $149.95. They are also sold at Starbucks, Bestbuy, or Amazon.com. Like the mug, the travel mug will also keep you informed of the temperature through the app.

Here is a cnet review:

Gifts for Coffee and Tea Lovers

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we’d find out who has good ideas for the coffee or tea drinker in your life. Here are some links the Victor crew found:

From Rodale’s Organic Life we found there are 23 gifts on this site. They offer ideas like pour-over coffee makers, espresso makers, coffee cups, coffee, coffee go-withs, items made with coffee, coffee wearables, and decor.

European Coffee Trip has some different coffee makers, accessories, and subscription ideas.

PopSugar has some different gifts from cups to coffee makers.

The Victor crew discovered Chocolove has a candy bar called Coffee Crunch in Dark Chocolate. It is fantastic and has ground coffee right in the chocolate. YUM!

Now for Tea:
My Modern Met has some quirky gifts for the tea lover, some of which are absolutely lovely.

World Market has some nice items from tea kettles to tea to cups.

Plum Deluxe has some nice offerings for the tea lover as well.

Coffee is safe after all

According to a new study by BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal), three to five cups of coffee intake was found to be beneficial, except for pregnant women. They do not suggest that doctors should recommend coffee consumption, however.

The amount is maxxed out at five cups. Any more than that are of no benefit and may even reduce or reverse the benefit. In terms of caffeine that is less than 400mg of caffeine/day. Pregnant women should keep their intake to less than 200mg/day of caffeine.

Some of the health benefits believed to be from coffee include incidence of an mortality from cardiovascular disease, incidence of cancer, fatty liver disease (non-alcoholic), diabetes, and cirrhosis.

Modern Coffee Table

We’ve covered coffee tables in the past. But the Victor crew found a new take on the coffee table.

Enter the Sobro coffee table. Here is a table that is Bluetooth enabled with speakers, outlets, charging ports, ambient lighting with LED lights, storage drawers, and refrigerated drawer. It has a tempered glass top, and comes in white, black, or wood. This indiegogo.com table is very much in demand as they have reached 2545% of their funding goal this past May.

All these features will cost you a cool $1499 + shipping.