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Great Recycle Ideas For Old Tea Pots

Why chuck those old tea pots or pitchers that have been lying around since forever, neat trinkets can be made out of them, especially if they only hav...

 

Why chuck those old tea pots or pitchers that have been lying around since forever, neat trinkets can be made out of them, especially if they only have minor damage. Tea pots that are completely shattered of course are better off being swept up into the bin. It always seemed a shame to me whenever one of my tea pots develops a crack or the spout breaks off or the shellac wore down and damaged the design. Tea pots/pitchers represent coziness and the comfort and safety one can find in a home. Considering all the joy they’ve brewed for me, seems the least I could do is find a retirement home of some sort for them.

As Indoor/Outdoor Ornament

It’s a belief that water fountains require large space. However, it is not always so, and a fountain can be small yet beautiful. In fact, you can make a teapot fountain yourself that can be decorated anywhere inside or outside your home. Logically, a teapot water fountain will require less space and time since you can make it in an hour.

You can beautify your patch of land use old tea pots/pitcher as cute alternatives to flower pots or ornaments in your garden or in your house. Depending on the kind of vegetation, you might want to drill a few holes in the bottom so any excess water can drain or you could use your old tea pot as vases for real or artificial flowers. You might want to half-bury one and stick a fairy or butterfly figuring on top to add color to a garden in winter, or just simply to make your garden look unique and inviting.

As A Coin Bank

This is an especially good retirement job for animal shaped teapots or tea tops that are relatively small. They can be pretty little keepers for all the loose pocket change that rolls around in handbags, coats and lies around counter tops. Some people like to keep rubber bands or paper clips, pins, or any loose odds and ends that you don’t know where to place. Try to place any old tea pots used for coin banks low enough so you don’t have to lift them up or handle them. Picking them up when full might completely shatter them. Try to use old teapots/pitcher with a mouth wide enough to stick your hand in.

As A Spell Component

Those who follow a pagan faith like Wicca make use of spell components to help make effective spells. You can practice magic without having to be of a particular faith or use it as party game or toasting game when you entertain. You might use an old tea pot to “brew” a wish into fruition, such as when you start a new business or relationship. Old tea pots are full of associations of good times and nourishing, comforting tea, so those associations will make the old tea pot a magnet for positive vibes.

As A Collectable

A teapot collection should not be hidden away in a closet. You should display your teapots/pitchers in a way that shows their delicate lines and beautiful patterns. The Teapots should be repaired if you choose to make them part of your interior design, but you can always hide chips or fine cracks by only showing the “good side” of that particular item. Old tea pots can blend in any room. Many teapots are like small works of art, and should be enjoyed for more then brewing tea. There are many ways to display your teapots that will highlight their charm.

Oolong Tea: Full of Flavorful Benefits

 

While modern medicine remains skeptical about oolong tea’s healing powers, there are adequate reasons to continue research on the benefits oolong tea and what makes it a prized commodity in many eastern cultures. Thousands of years of Chinese history can back up the many claims about the health benefits of oolong tea.

Tea has certain ingredients that offer healthy remedies. The amount of specific ingredients may vary depending on the degree of fermentation during the processing stage. Green tea, which is unfermented and contains the antioxidant catechin, claims to be helpful in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Oolong tea predominantly contains polyphenol which is known to promote health and beauty. Polyphenol is also the ingredient that gives oolong tea its unique flavor.

As people age, the free radicals in the body and the skin become more abundant. Free radicals constantly form on the skin from any number of sources and if not removed, cause the skin to age more rapidly. In additional to the polyphenols in oolong tea, it also contains antioxidant characteristics which attach to the free radicals and help them find their way out of the body.

Same Source, Different Types

You may be surprised to learn that green tea, oolong tea, and black tea all come from the same plant. What makes them different is the fermentation process of the leaves that changes the taste and benefits of these different teas. Black tea is fully fermented during its process while white and green tea are not fermented at all. For oolong tea, the fermentation process lies somewhere in between, depending on the company processing the leaves.

Drinking oolong tea, which was brewed in extremely small teapots and drank from small teacups, was considered an art in China. Only in the 1990’s did brewed oolong tea become readily available to drink and thus its use quickly spread to Japan and eventually into the Western world. Oolong tea is a native of the Fujian Province in China and these products are shipped globally, maintaining the strict growing culture that has made this tea famous in China for generations.

Aside from the health benefits of oolong tea, it is one of a few beverages that can compliment any type of meal. Tea lovers can appreciate its flavor and claim that they do not lose the fondness for the taste regardless of the quantity consumed each day.