Recycle Your Leaves
Reduce your environmental impact by recycling your tea leaves. Here are three of our favorite methods for Garden, Home and Body.
Above image: Pulverize your leaves in a coffee grinder and sprinkle away!
Scatter wet or dry leaves into the top layer of the soil. Tea is full of nutrients and can help acidic loving plants to thrive. Acidic soil with a pH of 7 or below, encourages the growth of various trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Reference: Soil pH Levels for Plants
- Trees & Shrubs - oak, azalea, forsythia, camellia, rhododendron, hydrangeas
- Plants & Flowers - bamboo, cactus, zinnia, morning glory, peony, ivy
- Herbs - chives, rosemary, basil, thyme, sage, dandelion, lemon balm
- Fruits - apples, blueberries, elderberry, strawberries, raspberries
- Vegetables - radishes, peppers, carrots, onions, tomatoes
Dried tea leaves are highly absorbent to odors and moisture (similar to baking soda) which makes them perfect for refreshing all kinds of things in your home. Use a coffee grinder to pulverize the dried leaves and store in a small jar. This makes sprinkling on the carpet, closet and bath sachets so easy and fun to use.
- Carpet - Tea leaves are highly absorbent which makes them a great deodorizer. Sprinkle ground tea leaves on the carpet and then vacuum to freshen up the room.
- Refrigerator - Place dried tea leaves in the refrigerator to absorb odors like baking soda.
- Clothes - Place a pouch of dried tea leaves in your drawers or shoes to absorb unwanted odors.
Experience ultimate relaxation by steeping yourself to a tea bath. Fill your Aromatory bag with the used tea leaves, hang over your faucet and let the bath water run over it. Tea baths may stain the tub, so scrub the tub after each bath.
In a research study by Integrative Longevity Institute of Virginia explores the benefits of tea baths through its many antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities. As a daily drink, teas can be used for various therapeutic effects such as anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, immune-enhancing, and more. Since the skin is the largest organ in the body, a tea bath allows the body to absorb the tea and its beneficial nutrients much quicker than you could obtain by drinking tea. Reference: Benefits of Tea Baths
- Detoxifies skin
- Promotes healing of sores and wounds
- Soothes Stressed Skin
- Promotes rejuvenation of skin cells
- Reduces inflammation
For a refreshing Body and Face exfoliation, grind up your tea leaves and add to your favorite facial cleaner.