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The usefulness of this wonder plant is unlimited. Not only is it a stimulant and nerve soother by itself, it can also cure a number of common ailments when ingested with other medicinal herbs. This page tells you about the many different ways Duncans' Teas can be beneficial to you.

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  • Leftover tea is a particularly versatile resource for many household tasks. It can be used alone, or diluted with water for refreshing cups, glasses, pots, straw mats and even fabric that have been piled unused in the cupboards for a very long time. To avoid dyeing the fabric while refreshing it, pour through it to clean, and then rinse the fabric in hot water.

  • Garbage bags or cans can be kept smelling fresh by keeping a few of these leaves in it.

  • Used leaves also work for a few days as an odour catcher in the refrigerator. Put the leaves on a small saucer, place on a refrigerator shelf, and watch them do the magic.

  • New furniture often comes with a coating of lacquer to protect it from scratches when it’s being moved from the showroom to the buyer’s house. To get rid of the coating, steep five tea bags of black tea in 2 quarts warm water for about 20 minutes. Then dampen a clean, soft flannel cloth in the tea bath, squeeze out the excess, and wash down the furniture. With a second cloth, wipe it dry, and see the difference.


Duncans' Tea adds colour and flavour to food cooked in it, provides tenderness to meat or poultry, and give the dish that extra something, that even a sophisticated palate cannot detect.

        Adding flavour…

Cooking can be done with any one of our brands. For best results, let the tea brew naturally in room temperature water for a long period of time. This will help to avoid any bitter taste even while tea is being cooked.

        Make the most of leftovers. Place 1 tablespoon  Duncans' CTC Tea leaves in 1 cup spring water; allow to brew for about 20 minutes. Season your gravy to taste by adding a tablespoon of tea to each 2 cups of gravy. Stir to 1 cup tea into a pot of chilli, stew, or meat based soup.

        Cube It..

Instead of water cubes, you can make tea ice cubes for a change. Simply pour left-over tea into an empty ice cube tray and pop it in the freezer. Next time you are serving iced tea, add the tea ice cubes in it. Not only will they add flavour, they will also avoid the iced tea from getting watery. You can also add these tea cubes to citrus drinks.


Tea-dyed fabric be used to make sachet covers, aprons, or anything that needs an antique look.

        Cover your walls with tea-dyed cloth rather than paint to make the room quieter, warmer and more relaxing.

        Dyeing fabrics with tea is a way to extend the life of worn sheets, or white or beige scrap material. It can also give new life to old placemats, dollies and handkerchiefs.

        You can give your fabric a varied, textured look by crumpling the fabric into a ball after dyeing it, or tying a knot across an area, and squeezing out as much liquid as possible. For a streaked look, you can hang the wet fabric over the tub to dry, letting the dye run down the length. When the fabric is dry, iron flat. If you prefer more of a crimpled look, do not iron. Crinkled fabrics make beautiful wrappings for gifts and pillow covers.


This is an all-purpose astringent, antibacterial solution for minor cuts, abrasions, and rashes. It is important not to use tea as any scented this might be harsh on bruised or sensitive skins.


cup Duncans CTC Tea 

1 quart boiling spring water

  1. Brew the tea in boiling water for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Strain the leaves and set them aside.
  3. Cool the liquid, then refrigerate.

Uses of the black tea soother:

    • Saturate a cotton pad with the tea soother and apply to minor cuts and abrasions, allowing it to rest on the wound for at least 5 minutes. Repeat. Do not wash off. This can be done up to 4 times a day, and repeated the next day, if necessary.
    • Soak a piece of flannel or cloth on the sunburned area. Keep the cloth on till the area begins to cool. Repeat this treatment to up to 4 times a day.
    • Soak cotton pads in tea soother. Squeeze out the excess and lay them gently on your eyelids. This will help reduce puffiness and help soothe red or fatigued eyes. Let the pads rest on your eyes for about 10 minutes. Repeat, if necessary.
    • You can also use your used tea bags on your eyes after cooling them in the refrigerator.
    • Pout a quart of the tea soother in a pan and soak your feet for about 15 minutes. This is excellent for toe fungi and athlete’s foot, or even minor irritations of the feet caused by running or jogging for a long time. Blot off the excess, but do not rub the soother off. Cover your feet with white, clean socks.


        Brew an unscented, unflavoured, black tea, very strong – about cup tea leaves to 3 cups water – for about 20 minutes. Cool it and use as a rinse after a shampoo. Do not rinse the tea out. This will help to make hair soft, glossy, and dark.

        If you are having a toothache, for temporary relief, place a pinch of spent tealeaves directly on the bothersome tooth. Pack the leaves in as much as possible to ease the pain.

        If you desire a temporary tan, take a bath in tea. To brew, use 1 cup black tea leaves to a warm bath and soak in it for about 20 minutes. Your skin will get a slightly browner and rosier hue.


Allow your spent tealeaves to dry overnight. When thoroughly dry, put them in ash trays and light a match to them.   If needed, add a small piece of burning charcoal to the leaves. This incense generates enough aroma to drive mosquitoes away.


Add the spent leaves into the compost pile in your garden. Worms love tea and will help your compost get richer in nitrogen and other nutrients.

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