36. Prevent dizziness: People drink tea for a variety of health reasons, but many older adults do not realize that black tea could reduce their dizziness when standing up. The tea boosts blood pressure, reducing the threat of dizziness. WebMD also lists a litany of other health benefits of black tea, including reduced risk of heart attacks, kidney stones, Parkinson's disease and ovarian cancer.
37. Tenderize meat: Marinate tough meat in black tea to make it more tender.
38. Smoke it: Add tea to a smoker to make tea-infused cheeses and meats.
39. Boil eggs: The Chinese also like to add tea leaves to the water after boiled eggs are cooked. This adds some flavor and color to the boiled eggs.
40. Add to compost: Pouring strong tea into a compost bin will help speed up the process and encourage more friendly bacteria to grow, improving the compost.
41. Fertilize roses: Spread used tea leaves around rosebushes, then add mulch and water. The tannic acid and other nutrients will benefit the plants.
42. Help houseplants: Occasionally use brewed tea instead of water to feed ferns and other houseplants that like rich, acidic soil.
43. Add to potted plants: A few used teabags in the bottom of a planter can help the soil retain water, and adds valuable nutrients.
44. Dye fabrics: Green and black teas have long been used in dyes for fabric and paper, particularly for generating a beige faux- antique look.
45. Paint with tea: Some artists use strong black tea to paint backgrounds or accents on black-and-white sketches.
46. Strengthen puppy pads: A footbath with strong black tea is rumored to help strengthen the pads of dog feet.
47. Repel mosquitoes: Burning tea leaves is said to repel mosquitoes with none of the side effects of chemical bug sprays.
48. Tell the future: “Reading the tea leaves” is more than a political expression. Telling fortunes in the pattern of tea leaves in an empty teacup is an ancient art that is still occasionally practiced. Here is a guide to reading tealeaves, with a list of common symbols and their meanings.
49. Self-analyze: Finally, leave it to the BBC to provide a handy guide to predicting personalities through a person’s used teabag. I have to admit I am a “teabag left in mug” type.