Whether you’re looking for an energy boost or a relaxing moment, a warm cup of tea soothes the soul like nothing else. The beverage has been enjoyed for centuries, even inciting riots like the Boston Tea Party, and has long been looked at for its benefits to health and relaxation.
After only water, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world. So that means you probably enjoy tea every once in a while, if not on a daily basis.
But before you toss your tea bag into the trash next time, realize that it has tons of other uses. We’re going to share just some down below. Scroll for more!
Sooth sunburns with black tea bags. The tannic acids in black tea can soothe skin burned by the sun. Next time you’re burned, soak black tea in cool water and press it against your burn. It will relieve pain and speed up recovery.
Get rid of that tired-eye look. Rich in tannins, black teas can remove puffy eyes. Next time you’re eyes look tired, compress a few bags of black tea on your eyes in the morning. The caffeine can also boost circulation.
Enrich your hair with a green tea rinse. An herbal rinse can help with dandruff control and even bring back natural shine.
Green tea can remove warts. Press a soaked tea bag against the wart and secure it with a bandage for 15 minutes. After that replace it with another bag for another 15-20 minutes. If you do this for 15 days, the wart should fall of naturally.
Deodorize your stinky shoes. Keep a dry tea bag inside your sweaty shoes in between uses to mitigate the smell of sweat and gym shoes. You can also use them as an air freshener in your car.
Fertilize your flowers with old tea bags. While tannic acid is beneficial to humans, it helps plants too. It can lower the pH level of the soil reducing the chance of unwanted fungus growth.
Food caked onto your dishes? Soak them in soapy water overnight and drop a tea bag in there. This should help the food come off in the morning.
Shine your mirrors. Soak a cloth in cooled tea and wipe away the mirror. Watch it sparkle.
Get rid of strong odors from onions and garlic by washing your hands with a tea bag.
Ease the pain in your gums with tea bags. If you have oral surgery, like getting your wisdom teeth removed, stick some fresh tea bags into your mouth and let the tannins reduce swelling and speed up your body’s ability to form blood clots.
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