Spa from your Kitchen: Tea

What exactly do you do with the teabags after you let them steep? Throw them away? Well, don't! You can use them as tiny, aromatic compresses for some minor aches and pains. Just zap them in the microwave for a few seconds, and voila! Just make sure that you don't make them too hot; always check them first before you slap them on any part of your body. And squeeze out the excess moisture before you microwave them too, so you don't end up with hot, runny teabags on your body.

I used Lipton Green Tea, which I made into an unsweetened iced tea. I nuked the tea bag and pressed it onto a bump I had. 

If you have two teabags, you can leave them in the refrigerator for about an hour, or in the freezer for about 5 minutes or less. Then, put them on your eyes for a relaxing cool compress that depuffs  overworked peepers. Relaxing teas such as chamomile may work better then others at making you forget your problems, even for just a few minutes. Again, don't forget to squeeze out the excess moisture.

So there you go, two at-home spa uses for your teabags! Of course, you can use fresh, new ones, but do try to reuse old teabags. And throw them into your compost pits after you use them!


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