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The Many Uses of Tea Bags

Updated on March 23, 2009


I love drinking tea it is possibly my most favorite drink around. I like to try different flavors and types as well. I can drink it hot or cold and with different things added to it like limes, lemons and other fruits.  But there is more to tea than just a great drink.  Teas have other uses and purposes as well. Teas have healing powers and they smell really good.

FOR PLANTS – Water your plants with tea, the plants seem to like it and responds well to the tea. You can just boil some water and add a bag or two of tea and let the water cool before you add it to your plants.  You can also soak your old used tea bags in water.  This would be good if you save your old tea bags for later; I save my tea bags for different uses.

FOR BETTER SMELLS – I use tea bags to help my microwave, refrigerator, and garbage disposal smell better. In the microwave I put a cup of water and add a tea bag or two (I like a cinnamon, fruit or vanilla flavor best) and let the water heat up for two minutes and then leave it in the microwave for two more minutes.  Then I carefully remove the cup and wipe the inside of the microwave clean it smells wonderful.  I then put the tea bag in the refrigerator which helps to take orders out of the refrigerator too.  I also pour the tea down the garbage disposal as well and run it to make that smell well. 

DIGESTION – Licorice and peppermint teas are great for digestion and stomach conditions as well as other remedies; peppermint tea helps to relax the stomach. Licorice and peppermint tea helps with digestion and calms the stomach and helps with diarrhea, cramps and upset stomach. Brew a cup of either or combine the both for maximum effect.  Drink at least twice a day for several days to help return your stomach to healthiness.

RELAXATION – Licorice, peppermint and Chamomile teas are great for relaxing.  Drink a hot cup of tea any flavor to help to relax and unwind. If you use licorice tea it also helps to relieve headaches depending on the headache you might have to drink a couple of cups to relieve. Make a tea bath to help unwind and smell great too, soak away the pain and problems of the day.

SKIN IRRITATIONS – Cool wet tea bags work great on itches, redness, sores, and swelling.  Put wet tea bags on poison ivy, sunburns, bee stings, canker sores, warts and other skin irritations. The tea bags help to soothe and in some instances heal the irritation. You can even cool old use tea bags in the refrigerator to cool the irritation as well especially when they feel hot or burn. You will be amazed how well the tea bags work.

FOOD – Tea can help to flavor both meat and fish and helps to tenderizer cheaper cuts of meat.  Try cooking meat and fish in tea water; for example use lemon or orange tea with fish.  You can also place the tea bags in the bottom of the pan with some water for stronger flavor and to help the meat to tenderize. Add teas to all types of meals for a different flavor.

COLDS AND FLUS – Drinking tea can help to calm a cold. Try drinking licorice tea if you have a sore throat or put a cough drop in to a cup of tea to help with the sore throat and to clear up your sinuses.  Use wet cold tea bags on tired and red eyes they will help to get the swelling and bags down.  Wet cold tea bags also help with other swelling and irritations on the body.

FOR BABY – Colicky babies can be soothed with catnip tea and fennel. Mix them together and give a little bit to a grumpy baby in a few moments they will be calmed.  If breasts are sore from nursing use wet tea bags to reduce pain, place them over the nipples for about 15 minutes a few times a day until relief. If baby is teething you can give them a cool tea bag to suck on just for a few moments. 

These are just a few of the things that you can use tea and tea bags for, there are so many more uses for them such as decorations and potpourri to name a few.  Tea and tea bags can be used as soothers; for sore throats, swollen or irritated skin and to calm and relax the whole body. So grab your favorite flavor of tea and have a cup or two!  



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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Dori - I just tried one on a bug bite that was bothering one of my kids and it worked really well with stopping the itching.

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      This is great, i just always throw them in the flower bed but keeping them in the fridge for boo boos are a great idea!


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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Joseph - What are you looking to do? Is this for a science project or something like that?

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      josEph 8 years ago

      can someone help me find an investigatory project about tea bags??

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you mecandylove!

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      mecandylove 8 years ago

      nice one. thanks for sharing

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you ashleyvictoria hope you get to try some soon!

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      ashleyvictoria 8 years ago

      So many uses for tea that I had no idea about, thank Triplet Mom!

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Feline Prophet - Thank you. I love the microwave tip simply because it can get really smelly with a lot of use.

      Blondepoet - Thank you very much. And there are so many other uses for tea and tea bags that I did not include. Its amazing.

      Laringo - I find that it works really well because the condensation from heating up the water helps to loosen up the sticky stuff in the microwave to make wiping it down even easier and then it smells really good!

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Hi T-Mom. I like the the one to get rid of smells in the frig and microwave. Great tip. Even when wiping down the mircowave, some smells take a while to go bye bye. I'll use this one for sure.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Hi TM I am amazed. I knew you could put tea bags on your eyes and dunk it in a cup of boiling water but I never would have known these. This hub is just great. A big thumbs up from me.

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Though I'm a coffee drinker I have recently become a green tea worshipper. I've been using the used tea bags to soothe my eyes but I think I'll try the microwave trick. Thanks for the tip TM!

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Kari - If you use the right flavor of tea it gives it a nice flavor!!

      Princessa - I especially use tea bags in the microwave after reheating fish or anything with onions. It really kills the smells and does great for smells in the refrigerator. I have never heard of coloring the legs that is so cool!!

      G-Ma - I think I remember my grandmother dying easter eggs with tea and thinking it was strange at the time. This was long ago of course.

      Cris - Even though I live in a Coffee state (can you say Starbucks) I can honestly say I am not a coffee fan. I would take tea any day hot or cold yum!!

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I'm more of a coffee drinker but I still appreaciate knowing things about tea. So thanks for sharing. I might actually go for an afternoon tea today :D

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      good for dying things too...Thanks this was great sweetie...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Excellent tips. I especially like the one for leaving a nice smell in the microwave.

      My mother inlaw says that during the war when the women could not find tights they used to tan or paint their legs with used tea bags to have some colour and the appearance of wearing tights!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for the tips. I never thought of many of these. I need to try cooking some fish as you said!

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you UW so do I!

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      Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Nice article. I love tea.