Nothing hits the spot quite like a fresh cup of tea, whether you are trying to get a fresh start to the day or just trying to relax at night. Tea has long been treasured for its benefits in improving health and inducing relaxation.
In America alone, over 158 million people are drink tea every day. This amounts to a lot of tea bags being thrown out on a daily basis, but, before you toss out the bag from your next cup, consider that used bags can still be helpful in many ways. You’d be surprised to know that tea bags are great for more than just making tea. Here are just a few of the uses:
The tannic acid found in black tea can help soothe skin that has been damaged from sunburns. The next time you get a sunburn, soak a bag of black tea in cool water and compress it against the burn. This will help relieve any pain and speed up the healing process.
Soothing Tired Eyes
Being rich in tannins, black tea is also great for soothing puffy eyes. Additionally, the caffeine will help to increase circulation and reduce the appearance of dark circles. So, the next time you haven’t gotten enough sleep, try freshening up by compressing a couple of soaked bags of black tea on your eyes in the morning.
Relieving Minor Burns
In the same way that black tea can help with sunburns, it can also help alleviate the pain from minor accidental burns as well. All you have to do is soak a bag in cold water and compress it against the injury.
An Enriching Hair Rinse
As effective as tea can be for providing nutrients to the skin, it is also great for enriching the hair and scalp. In fact, tea can help with everything from dandruff control to bringing back your hair’s natural shine.
The unique properties of green tea make it an effective means of preventing warts from growing. All you have to do is put a soaked tea bag against the wart, then keep it secured with a bandage for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes are up, replace it with another bag for an additional 15 to 20 minutes. If you do this for 15 days, the wart should turn black and fall off easily.
Nothing shocks the senses quite like having a whiff of a pair of smelly gym shoes. To prevent your shoes from getting so bad that they stink up the entire house, keep a dry tea bag inside them when they are not being used.
Fertilizing Your Flowers
Tannic acid is great for the human body, but it is also very beneficial to plants as well. The tannic acid helps to lower the pH level of the soil, meaning that fungus is less likely to grow. So, the next time you are doing some maintenance in the garden, try sticking a few used tea bags in the soil to help your roses look their best.
Cleaning The Dishes
If you have a serious case of baked-on grime after a night of cooking, tea bags can help make the job a bit easier. Simply soak your dishes overnight with a tea bag in the water, and the grime should come right off in the morning.
Shining Your Mirror
Similarly to how tea can remove grime from your dishes, it is also great at making mirrors sparkle. All you have to do is soak a cloth in some cooled tea, and wipe away.
Washing Your Hands
Anyone who has spent time in the kitchen knows that the smell of onions and garlic is impossible to remove from your hands with just soap and water. Try washing your hands with tea bags to quickly remove the offensive odors.
Relieving Sore Gums
If wisdom teeth have to be removed, why do we have them in the first place? The pain and swelling of your gums after oral surgery is incredibly annoying to deal with, but you can speed up the recovery process by sticking a couple of fresh tea bags in the inside of your cheeks. The tannins in the tea help with reducing swelling and speeding up the body’s ability to form blood clots.
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