You don’t really have to be an extra from Downton Abbey to enjoy tea—or more specifically—tea bags. Besides brewing that perfect cup of a refreshing pick-me-up, a tea bag also possesses some other surprisingly wonderful uses. If you ever thought your tea bag was only good for a run-of-the-mill cup of tea and gossip, well, you are so very wrong.
Here are eleven other awesome ways you can get the most out of your tea bags. Enjoy!
1. Fight Acne
Pimples spewing pus not only kill your self-confidence; they can also be remarkably tender and painful. But worry not my friend, there’s always your tea bag to the rescue! A green tea bag positively bursts with antimicrobial and antioxidant goodness that can zap those zits in no time.
In a study conducted by the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami, volunteers who possessed mild to moderate acne and diligently applied a (2%) green tea lotion twice each day for a course of 6 weeks, were found to see a whopping 58% decrease in the number of breakouts on their skin.
2. Soothe Some Sunburns
We’re all aware that it’s the harmful UV rays in good ol’ sunshine that has the potential to damage our skin. Long-term exposure to harmful sun rays can actually leave one with inflamed, sore and tender sunburnt skin that has you looking like Mr. Krabsfrom Spongebob. Ouch.
However, don’t despair. Applying wet tea bags could just be your salvation.
Research suggests that green tea contains a compound by the name, ‘epigallocatechin-3-gallate’. EGCG was found to work as a wonderful sunscreen that can actually reduce any DNA damage rendered by harmful UV rays.
Also, studies conducted on animals have discovered green tea bag topical application can decrease the development of cancerous skin cells.
3. Treat Dandruff Or A Dry Scalp
Suffering from persistent dandruff that just won’t leave you alone? Simply brew a strong cup of antioxidant-rich green tea. Allow the bags to percolate in hot water for an hour, after which you can proceed to rinse your hair with the strong tea. This is a trusted home remedy to eliminate dandruff and boost hair shine.
4. Rejuvenate Puffy Eyes
Are all those late nights and oodles of stress taking a very physical toll on your eyes? If you’re looking to be rid of the insufferable puffiness and dark circles, then tea bags are your answer! Simply soak two bags in some warm water and squeeze out any excess moisture. Rest them on your lids for a minimum of 20 minutes. Bliss!
5. Alleviate Minor Burns
If the sting of minor burns persists, place 2-3 tea bags in your refrigerator overnight. Wrap them on the burn region like gauze to alleviate tenderness.
6. Tone That Skin
Tea happens to be rich in tannins, which makes them wonderful skin toners! Tannins can react with the proteins in our skin causing skin pores to tighten. Hence, if it’s a milder astringent skin toner you’ve been searching for, then moist tea bags are an inexpensive and effective solution
7. Help With Boils
Skin boils can be extremely painful. Suffer no longer; just use your trusted tea bags! Applying moist tea bags topically on your boil region can lead to its drainage and accelerate healing. Tannins in the tea have antibacterial properties, which can help fight infection. They are also known to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
8. Keep Shoes Smelling Fresh
Tired of icky-smelling shoes? Well, deodorize with tea bags! Place one tea in each shoe overnight. They will successfully absorb any mal-odors and moisturize shoes.
9. Grow Your Garden
Tossing those used tea bags around shrubs or into compost piles in your garden can help give your plants a nutrient boost. When the tea decomposes, it will release the essential nitrogen for your garden.
10. Clean Your Home Like A Pro!
Did you know a wet tea bag can eliminate greasy fingerprints from your glass countertops and make your mirrors and windows sparkle? No kidding.
Tannins found in black tea can also help shine and boost the color of old wooden furniture. Hence, the next time you’re faced with summer cleaning, don’t hesitate from using wet tea bags to your cleaning regime.
Sick of the mal-odors emanating from your fridge? Get rid of the nasties by leaving some tea bags in your refrigerator.
11. Eases Sore Gums
We bet even your dentist wasn’t aware of this wonderful tip. The next time you’re faced with sore gums, just refrigerate some tea bags and apply on the affected, sore region. You can also help relieve any oral inflammation or mouth ulcers this way.