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using used tea bags: treating health ailments

gwathir:

  • All teas have varying levels of tannins, the naturally occurring chemicals (also called polyphenols) that give tea its astringent, or bitter, taste; they’re released as the tea steeps. Caffeinated teas, like black and green, have more than herbal varieties, which is why they taste more bitter than their herbal counterparts. Tannins also have anti-inflammatory properties, meaning that tea can soothe more than just our stomachs and moods.
  • Allow the tea bags to cool after steeping, then place them on sunburns and minor burns (including razor burn) for relief. If the majority of your skin needs tending, brew a tea bath and submerge yourself in the cooled-off water.
  • Apply used tea bags to rashes and insect bites to ease itching.
  • Alleviate sore or bleeding gums by putting a cooled, used tea bag over the problem spot. Tannins constrict blood vessels, which will stop the bleeding, and they reduce the swollen tissues that cause soreness.
  • Put a soaked tea bag on a bruise to heal it faster. Ruptured capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the body, create bruises. Since tannins constrict blood vessels, they stop the leaking that causes discoloration.
  • It’s said that the tannic acid in tea shrinks warts, possibly because of its bacteria-fighting properties. To try this method, put a warm tea bag on the wart for 10 minutes per day, a few times per day. The wart should shrink after a couple of days.
04-24 / 15:16 / 95 notes / gwathir

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