If you’re like most people, you think nothing of throwing out your tea bags after your tea has finished brewing. While they may not be great for making another cup of tea, your used tea bags have not outlived their usefulness just yet. Read on to discover how to get the biggest bang for your tea bag buck.
1. Luxurious Foot Bath
Pamper yourself by adding a couple brewed tea bags to a foot bath. Soaking your feet in the weak tea will effectively neutralize odors, soothe tired muscles, soften calluses and nourish your skin. The antioxidants in the tea leaves draw toxins out from the body, improving overall health and wellbeing.
2. Soothe Inflamed Skin
After brewing your tea, allow you tea bag to sit at room temperature. When the tea bag is cool but still moist, place it over irritated, inflamed skin. Soothe tired, puffy eyes by placing the tea bags over the delicate skin. Encourage quick healing for burned skin by massaging the tea bag over the site of pain and inflammation. Place against bruised skin to ease pain and speed up the healing process.
3. Rejuvenate Hair
Use your brewed tea bags to make a conditioning rinse for your hair. After shampooing, use your tea rinse to nourish your hair, soothe your scalp and enhance your hair’s natural color.
4. Antioxidant Bath
To enjoy an antioxidant bath, simply drape your brewed tea bags over your bathtub’s faucet, allowing the warm water to run over the bags. Tea baths are highly beneficial for skin, effectively fighting the signs of aging by neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidation. For an aromatherapy experience, use chamomile or jasmine tea bags.
5. Treat Plantar Warts
Tea contains tannin, an effective treatment for plantar warts. To use, press the warm, brewed tea bag against the wart for fifteen minutes, letting the skin dry naturally. Administer this treatment once a day for one week, and watch the wart disappear.
6. Soothe Razor Burn
Press a brewed tea bag against the affected skin. The tea bag will soothe irritation, reduce inflammation and stop the bleeding.
7. Remove Food Odors from Hands
After slicing garlic, onions or any other strong-smelling food, scrub your hands with warm water and a brewed tea bag to remove any lingering odors.
8. Find Relief from Insect Bites and Bee Stings
Use a brewed tea bag as a compress, pressing it against the insect bite or sting. The antioxidants in the tea leaves will draw out infection, reduce inflammation and bring soothing relief.
9. Heal Canker Sores and Tooth Aches
Cut open a warm, brewed tea bag and remove the leaves. Wrap the leaves tightly in a small piece of fabric and press it tightly against a canker sore or painful tooth.
As you can see, tea bags are useful for far more than making a great cup of tea. Even after brewing, the tea leaves contain powerful antioxidants that facilitate healing, sooth irritation and promote healthy, beautiful skin.