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Frugality Friday: Tea – A Remedy for Smelly Feet (That’s Right!), and More

on May 2, 2014

I love tea. I love the myriad of health benefits that drinking tea provides. I have boxes of assorted organic teas in my kitchen cupboards. In a world where people can’t seem to get enough of their coffee to wake them up (and line up a mile long just to get a brew from Canada’s beloved Tim Hortons) I can’t get enough of my favourite warm beverage, a calming cup of tea, to relax me. If you drink tea you probably just throw the tea bag in the trash once you’re done. But hold on, not so fast! That used tea bag can be re-used in a variety of ways, both around the home and for personal health and wellness.

A Home Remedy to Reduce Shedding Hair

My favourite way to use tea in an unconventional way is to prepare a tea rinse for my hair to combat shedding. If, like me, you find that your hair is shedding a little too much for your comfort, try the following regimen which can be done weekly or monthly.

  • Brew 2 cups of green tea and allow it to cool.
  • Transfer the brewed tea into a spray bottle (an applicator bottle or a simple bowl can also be used).
  • Shampoo and rinse your hair, and then apply the brewed tea to your hair, focusing on the scalp.
  • Leave it on from anywhere between 5 to 30 minutes, then rinse it out.
  • This last step is extremely important. It is essential to deep condition your hair after applying a tea rinse, as a tea rinse on its own can make hair hard. A deep condition will keep your hair soft and moisturized after the tea rinse.

Be sure to clean your tub afterwards to prevent any tea stains!

Rather than spending money on products to treat or address the following issues, you can grab tea that’s already in your kitchen and use them in these additional ways:

tired puffy eyes - imagerymajesticRelieve tired puffy eyes. Soak two tea bags in hot water for about 5 minutes, and then let them cool until they are comfortable upon contact on your skin. (Alternatively, after you steep the tea bags, place them in the refrigerator so that they become chilled.) Place a tea bag over each closed eye for 20 minutes. The type of tea you use for this is a matter of preference and the effect you would like to achieve. Black tea has caffeine in it, which constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling. An herbal tea like chamomile is very calming and soothing for the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces redness caused by irritation. However, only use chamomile on the skin if you do not have an allergy to it. An allergy will produce an irritation such as redness or itching, so test for allergy in an inconspicuous area of your skin first before using tea bags over your eyes.



feet - Studio Cl Art - photlStop funky-smelling feet. To address a foot odour problem, give your feet a daily tea bath. Brew strong black tea, enough to cover your feet in a shallow basin, and soak your feet in the warm tea for about 20 minutes. The tannins in tea is said to prevent the feet from sweating and causing odour.



wood table - photostockClean wood furniture or floors. Brew 2 black tea bags in a litre of water. Allow the brewed tea to cool, and then transfer to a spray bottle. Spray tea onto a soft cloth to clean the wood, then use an additional soft and dry cloth to buff.



pink roses - artur84Enrich gardening soil. Used loose tea leaves can be sprinkled on the soil around the base of acid-loving plants, such as roses. Once you water the plants, the nutrients from the tea will be released into the soil and encourage growth of the plant.  The tannic acid in tea helps create a fertile environment by improving soil quality, thus allowing plants to thrive. (It’s important to note that plants that require a neutral or alkaline soil will not benefit from tea leaves added to their soil.)



Sun - Bserry K - photlCool sunburnt skin. Proper protection when exposing your skin to the sun is always important. However, if you’ve managed to get a sunburn, then use tea to soothe the skin and help ease the pain. Steep about 3 to 5 black tea bags in a pitcher of warm water and let it cool, or place in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process. Dip a soft, clean washcloth into the steeped pitcher of tea and dab onto the sunburnt skin. Do not rinse it off the skin, rather, leave it on for the skin to absorb. For best results apply to sunburnt skin as soon as you can.


If you’ve tried any of these methods, or have other unconventional ways in which you’ve successfully used tea, let me know below in the comments section, or send me a message through my contact page!



Photo Credits for this blog entry (in order of appearance):

Image 1: Image courtesy of imagerymajestic /

Image 2: Image courtesy of Studio Cl Art /

Image 3: Image courtesy of photostock /

Image 4: Image courtesy of artur84 /

Image 5: Image courtesy of Bserry K /


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