Jody Victor’s Favorite Tea Remedies

White Tea – Mightiest of Teas

White tea has finally arrived in America. While Chinese tea drinkers have known about the benefits of white tea since the Ming Dynasty, it has just recently been recognized outside of Asia. Now everyone from chefs to medical researchers is praising white tea’s delicate flavor and health benefits. Market researchers predict American consumers will soon share their enthusiasm and turn white tea into a hot new food trend.

Most tea drinkers know that all tea comes from the same source: the Camilla Sinensis tea bush. Whether the tea By now most of us are aware of the great medicinal benefits of drinking tea. But are you aware of the many health benefits and household uses of topical tea?

TEA REMEDIES For Health and Home

HEALTH Uses:

Use a cool, wet green tea bag to soothe a medical injection site

Use cool, wet tea bags to soothe bee stings and insect bites

Use cool, wet tea bags to reduce swelling and redness from allergies

Use cool, wet tea bag to soothe razor burn

Use a warm, wet tea bag on a boil overnight to drain it

Use warm, wet tea bags on the eyes to soothe pinkeye and under-eye bags

Use a hot, wet tea bag on a canker sore or fever blister to draw out infection

Use hot, wet tea bags on plantar warts for 15 minutes every day

Use cool, brewed tea to soothe sunburn

Use cool, brewed tea as a mouthwash to prevent tooth decay (contains natural fluoride)

Use cool, brewed tea for dermatitis, blisters, and shingles

Use cool, brewed tea for a sun-free tanning spray

Use strong-brewed black tea for a footbath to relieve minor aches and remove dead skin   (strengthens dogs’ pads, too)

HOUSEHOLD Uses:

Use brewed tea to rinse food odors from hands

Use brewed tea to dye fabric, paper, or plastic for an antiqued look

Use brewed tea for a meat tenderizer (add 1 C to marinade)

Use brewed tea to clean wood (soft cloth/wring well)

Use brewed tea to clean mirrors (buff dry with clean, dry cloth)

Use brewed tea to cut grease on stovetop and counters

Use tea bags or tea leaves in ‘fridge to absorb odors

Use nearly dry tea leaves to clean Oriental or Persian carpets (sprinkle on/sweep off with broom)

GARDEN Uses:

Use dry, used tea bags outdoors for a mosquito repellant (burn in saucer or ashtray)

Use old tea bags in compost pile to attract worms

Use old tea bags on soil around roses to give them a boost

Use cool, brewed tea to water acid-loving ferns on occasion

Use old tea bags at bottom of pots when potting plants and flowers to help retain moisture