The focus for today’s Tea Time Tuesday article is on ‘greening’ our tea brewing experience. How we can reduce the clutter and waste by upcycling, recycling, and repurposing.
I can safely guarantee that most of the people who brew tea do not consider repurposing the cashed (spent, used) tea leaves for alternate uses. In fact, I would dare say at least eighty percent of the tea- drinking population simply tosses the tea bags or tea leaves into the rubbish bin without a care regarding how better to use these very viable byproducts. Why not use this material for all-natural, good-as-it-gets potpourri?
Simply dehydrate (or dry on a low-temp oven setting) your used tea leaves and tea bags. If using loose leaf tea, simply squirt a few drops of your choice essential oil on the material and place in an incense or potpourri burner. Burn as you would any potpourri, adhering to safety and fire code best practices. (Do NOT allow children to burn any incense or potpourri unattended, by the way.)
You can also place loose- leaf tea in a plastic bag and poke tiny holes in the bag to lightly release the scent. Secure bag with a hemp rope or with cuts from an old brown paper bag, like the above photo depicts in the beginning of this article.
Squirt a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto a tea bag and string around your car’s air vents or place under the seat for a conspicuous release of aromatherapy!
If you are a crafter and want to do your own blends but need bulk tea, be sure to check out Kombuchick on Etsy.