It is believed, according to a Chinese legend, that the first cup of tea was brewed by accident. It happened like this. Emperor Shennong was boiling water when a few leaves from a tea plant accidentally fell into the water. That was in 2737 B.C. and people are still drinking tea today.
It is true that tea is a very popular drink, but there are some other things that you can do with tea. Here are ten things you can try with your tea bags and brewed tea:
1. Mix a tepid, weak-brewed tea and water your houseplants with it once a week.
2. Mix one quart of brewed tea and four tablespoons of lemon juice. Next pour it through a coffee filter and pour it into empty spray bottles. You now have a great room deodorizer. This is great for a stuffy room.
3. If you soak tea bags in cool or lukewarm water and then place them over your eyes for about fifteen minutes, it will soothe your tired eyes.
4. A wet teabag placed directly on a burn will soothe your parched skin. If the burn is larger, such as sunburn, pat the burned area with the wet teabag. It will relieve the pain and soothe the burn.
5. Tea has a substance called tannin in it. Tannin is a natural meat tenderizer so try adding equal parts of strong-brewed tea and beef stock to a tough piece of meat.
6. If you have red or brown hair, you can highlight your hair by rinsing it in brewed tea.
7. If you have a problem with smelly feet, here is a solution for you. Take three or four Flo-Thru tea bags and soak them in a quart of water for ten minutes. Add enough cold water so that you can comfortably place your feet in it. Soak for about 20 to 30 minutes, dry your feet and apply foot powder. If you can, you need to do this twice a day until the odor is under control. Then twice a week will keep it under control.
8. To sooth a sore throat or laryngitis, drink tea with lemon juice or some honey.
9. If you break a fingernail, take a small piece of the paper from which a tea bag is made. Lay the paper over the nail and trim it to fit. You can then coat that with clear nail polish and gently press against the break. You are now ready to cover it with a colored nail polish to match the rest of your fingernails.
10. Lastly, cold tea is a very good cleaning agent for any kind of woodwork.
I leave you with this bit of tea trivia. The man in the nautical attire on the front of the Lipton tea boxes is Sir Thomas Lipton himself. He was a yachting enthusiast and made five attempts to win the Americas cup. He was never successful at yachting but he did a great job at pioneering packaged tea with the now famous Flo-Thru bag.