Use Rooibos tea bags for cleaning the leaves of household plants. Since plants absorb the tea through the leaves, they get a real treat.
Steep used tea bags in room-temperature water until it slightly changes colour and then pour the liquid over the plants. This provides them with extra nourishment.
When potting a new plant, use Rooibos tea leaves or tea bags (dried or steeped) in the drainage layer at the bottom of the pot. Since tea is highly absorbent, it will help absorb water that will then get released slowly back into the plant.
Feed plants by scattering steeped tea leaves into the top layer of the plant’s soil.
Rooibos has been used for years to treat a number of ailments and there is much anecdotal evidence (stories) of how well they work. While some of these treatments have not been proven in the lab, they are safe to use and worth a try:
Add a few Rooibos bags to your bath water to soothe a sunburned skin.
Treat itchy skin by wiping the affected skin areas with a face-cloth dipped in a strong solution of lukewarm Rooibos. Press very gently to dry, as rubbing would make the problem worse.
Apply strong Rooibos tea to the skin to relieve eczema, rashes and diaper rash. You can even bath your pet in a Rooibos solution to treat skin problems.
Treat hay-fever by taking lukewarm Rooibos in the cup of your hands and gently drawing the tea into your sinuses. Hold it for a few seconds, release it and blow your nose gently.
Calm down digestive upset and colic in babies and adults with regular Rooibos drinks.