Green Tea to Refresh Your Home

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From The Book of Green Tea, by Diana Rosen  

The salubrious effects of green tea are well known—tea leaves pack a whopping punch of antioxidants making their brew one of the healthiest drinks to imbibe. However, the benefits of those antioxidants don’t stop there; you can save those soggy tea leaves and use them around the house to help out with some surprising tasks. 

SIMPLE SOLUTION:  After you’ve absorbed the health benefits from your cup of green tea, it’s time to recycle the leaves. You can use them to feed your garden plants–green tea is high in nitrogen–and they will even ward off pests and insects.

Tea leaves also have a long tradition of being used as a deodorizer. Tea is loaded with catechins, which are the polyphenolic substances we know as anti-oxidants. The catechins have antibacterial properties, which makes tea leaves great for fighting odor. Some tips call for dried leaves, here’s how: When finished brewing tea, place the leaves into a large strainer or colander. Press out as much moisture as possible, and then spread the leaves on unprinted paper. Let the leaves dry thoroughly, turning over several times in the process. Then, refresh away…

Carpets and Vacuum. Sprinkle dry tea leaves onto your carpet, crush them lightly and let them sit for 10 minutes, then vacuum. This will refresh your carpet and deodorize your vacuum cleaner and bag.

Yoga Mats. In the hot, humid areas of Thailand, Burma, and other Asian countries, people sleep on straw mats. This straw is cool and comfortable, but people do perspire. It is quite common in these areas for straw mats to be washed in tubs of water to which tea has been added. The tea works as a powerful deodorizer, leaves a fresh scent, and can even infuse the straw with a delicate sage color. You can use green tea to clean other washable surfaces, such as yoga mats and air mattresses.

Litter Boxes. Used green tea leaves are wonderful in kitty litter as an extra boost for diffusing odors, and they help deter fleas from both cats and dogs.

Refrigerators. Place used green tea bags or leaves in a small bowl, uncovered, in your refrigerator to help absorb odors from onions and garlic for about three days. NO need to throw them out even then, just sprinkle the old leaves around your ferns, rosebushes, or other plants.

Kitchen Odors. Preparing fish? Chopping garlic? Rid your hands of the fish or garlic oils by rubbing them with wet green tea leaves, an instant deodorizer. The leaves are also great for deodorizing and cleaning the pan in which you cook fish or garlic. As well, rub wet tea leaves on cutting boards to remove odors there.

Note: Wet tea leaves can stain, so if you are using wet tea leaves on or near a stainable surface be sure to test in an inconspicuous place first.

I am a Muslim Woman

I am a Muslim woman
Feel free to ask me why
When I walk
I walk with dignity
When I speak
I do not lie
 
I am a Muslim woman
Not all of me you’ll see
But what you should appreciate
Is that the choice I make is free
 
I’m not plagued with depression
I’m neither cheated nor abused
I don’t envy other women
And I’m certainly not confused
 
Note, I speak perfect English
Et un petit peu de Francais aussie
I’m majoring in Linguistics
So you need not speak slowly
 
I run my own small business
Every cent I earn is mine
I drive my Chevy to school & work
And no, that’s not a crime!
 
You often stare as I walk by
You don’t understand my veil
But peace and power I have found
As I am equal to any male!
 
I am a Muslim woman
So please don’t pity me
For God has guided me to truth
And now I’m finally free!

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Strong Women

A strong woman works out everyday to keep her body in shape,
But a woman with strong Iman prostrates in prayer to keep her soul in shape…

A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything,
But a woman with strong Iman shows courage in the midst of fear…

A strong woman won’t let anyone get the best of her,
But a woman with strong Iman gives the best of herself to everyone…

A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids making the same in the future,
But a woman with strong Iman realizes life’s ‘mistakes’ can also be Allah’s blessings and capitalizes on them…

A strong woman walks sure footed…
But a woman with strong Iman has Sabr (patience) when she falls…

A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face,
But a woman with strong Iman wears grace…

A strong woman strives to look beautiful and perfect,
But a woman with strong Iman knows that she can possess nothing more attractive than the adornment of faith and the beauty of Taqwa…

A strong woman has faith knowing she is strong enough for the journey,
But a woman with strong Iman has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong…

May Allah guide us and help us to be the women and men of strong Iman,
Ameen!