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.

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.


Starbucks has just announced it will be closing all 379 of its Teavana stores. Most are to be closed by Spring in 2018. Starbucks purchased the struggling Teavana in 2012. These closings will effect over 3000 workers.
Starbucks does say they are expanding their coffee stores and gradually add 240,000 jobs world-wide over the next five years. There will be major expansion in China as they expand their coffee-based shops.

Teavana stores are found mostly in malls. Starbucks will continue to sell Teavana products in their Starbucks shops.


Free Starbucks this Friday July 14!

Between 1:00 and 2:00 pm this Friday, July 14, you can get a free tall (12 oz) Teavana Shaken Iced Tea Infusion. There is no promo code – just go in and ask for the drink. You can choose Pineapple Black Tea, Strawberry Green Tea, or Peach Citrus Tea – at participating Starbucks in both U.S. and Canada.

While you are there, you might want to try a new Iced Cascara Coconut Milk Latte. Espresso made with coconut milk, over ice with Cascara syrup – made from the outer shells of the coffee cherries.

Tea recipe contests

Last time, the Jody Victor Crew told you about a contest that had recipes made with coffee. Well we found that same website ( also had a contest with tea. The winner was Tea with Honey and Lemon Compound Butter. The runner up was Sweet Tea Cookies. Some of the other entries included different types of biscotti, drink recipes, cakes, puddings, different meats smoked or rubbed with tea, among other entrees and desserts. Try something different

Get the recipes here: