Did You Know?

Teas, including green, black and red, have been used to improve the overall health and appearance of skin and hair for centuries. Rich in antioxidants and anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, tea is one of the most powerful grocery store staples that can be used topically.


You can use it to soothe sunburns! Cold compresses made out of tea bags can relieve pain and reduce redness. The girls over at The Beauty Department have this guide to using black tea bags and old T-shirts to treat sunburns.


 It Calms skin after shaving! If your legs are itchy and red after shaving, try pressing a cool black tea  bag onto your limbs. The tannins work to provide immediate relief from razor burns.


 It Minimizes bug bites! We love laying out in the grass, but we sure hate mosquito bites. To take  down the sting and bumps, apply a used cold chamomile tea bagdirectly to the area and relax.

Every coffee drinker knows the feeling they get when they have their morning ritual of a hot strong cup of coffee. Mmmmmm, just saying the word makes me smell it in the air; coffee. But did you know that coffee has a life outside of being a tasty bevvy? It’s true! Let’s find out about unusual uses for coffee!

You can fix furniture!  Mix 2-3 tablespoons with just enough water to make a thick paste; for wood with red tones, add a few drops of iodine. Put the paste on a small putty knife or a disposable plastic knife and use it to fill the crack. Remove any excess around the edges with a barely damp cloth. Let the paste dry completely, then buff with furniture wax.

tea You can eliminate pet odors! Some pet owners have found they can remove pet odors from a  room by heating a cupful of freshly ground coffee beans in a cast-iron skillet over low heat. As soon as the scent is released, remove the pan to the smelly room and set it on a trivet. By the time the ground beans are cool, much of the pet odor should be gone.

tea You can speed up your composting! Pour on coffee (or tea, or non-diet cola) to increase the  bacterium population and help both soil and compost break down faster.