But winter weather calls for something to warm you and for that, hot tea is great. Did you know January is National Hot Tea Month?
In honor of this occasion, I'm sharing some new uses for tea besides just for drinking, plus a favorite recipe for Tennessee Sunshine Punch, a delicious hot tea. Check them out!
New Uses for Tea - Around the house...
Use tea to minimize scratches on wood furniture -
Black tea (the type most commonly used for brewed iced & sweet tea) can be used to cover up scratches on wood furniture. Herbals and green tea won't work for this because they don't have the dark, rich color.
Put a tea bag into a mug and pour 2 tablespoons of hot water over it. Let it steep for at least a couple of minutes, the longer the darker it will be.
Dip a cotton ball or swab into the tea and dab it onto the scratches. Make sure the color seeps down into the raw wood. Quickly wipe away any excess moisture because this can damage the surrounding areas.
You may have to repeat this process to get the desired effect.
Use tea to clean windows and glass -
- 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
- 4 tea bags (green tea)
- Hot water
Place your tea bags into a mug and pour hot water over them. Add grated ginger and let this mixture steep for about five minutes.
Let the tea cool and squeeze out the tea bags. Place them in a container in the fridge or freezer depending on how cold you'd like them to be. Then, when ready take them out and place them over your eyes (both on the lids and underneath).
Finally, a favorite hot tea recipe -
To make my favorite hot tea punch, you'll need:
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 6 orange herbal tea bags
- 10 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 cups cranberry juice
- 1-1/2 cups white grape juice
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- Orange slices and additional whole cloves, optional
In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Turn off heat; add tea bags, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Stir in the juices and brown sugar; heat through. Remove spices. Garnish with clove-studded orange slices if desired. Enjoy!