Sometimes just the simplest things in life can do the job! Take tea bags for example – here are a dozen ways to use a tea bag for fixing those every day health hiccups.
- you can use a chamomile tea bag as a compress to reduce the inflammation of conjunctivitis by just putting a tea bag in warm water for 2 to 3 minutes before squeezing out any excess liquid and placing on the infected eye for a few minutes, several times a day, until better.
- a warm, damp tea bag when pressed to a sore nipple in the early days of breast feeding will help to soothe and heal any pain and discomfort. This will also help to heal any cracks and take the pain away almost at once. A further tip is to place several few warm tea bags straight on to your breasts when they are feeling tender.
– Apply a few wet tea bags on sunburned skin to help ease the pain. Also brew some tea (even better is tea that has aloe included) and place the brewed tea into a cool bath and soak in it for a while. If your skin is already dry and peeling from sunburn, place a few warm tea bags over the irritated skin to help heal and ease the pain. Be careful to avoid sunburn. Sunlight itself is extremely beneficial and half an hour or so every day will build up your tan gently and top up those vital vitamin D levels.
– apply warm and wet tea bags to reduce swelling and ease any discomfort.
- these can be helped by applying warm tea bags to the itchy sore areas. Tea bags pull infection out of the bites and ease the itching, pain and swelling.
Colds and flu
– when you are feeling less than well with those cold and flu symptoms, add some well brewed ginger tea to your hot bath water. The ginger will stimulate the skin, open up the pores and allow the cold and flu nasties to flow out of that skin.
- treat cold sores by pressing a warm wet tea bag to the sore for at some 30 minutes each day. This will disinfect the area, pull the toxins from the sore and reduce the swelling. Keep up every day until the herpes cold sore has gone.
Toothache / tooth removal
– this time soak a tea bag in cool water and place on the painful area in your mouth. This will do two jobs – stop any bleeding and ease the pain.
A stye in the eye
– this can be a very painful eye irritation but if you apply a wet tea bag over the stye for a few minutes, it will help to reduce both the swelling and the pain. Choose a tea bag that is high in tannic acid – blueberry or bilberry are the best.
– do you suffer from foot odor? Soak regularly in a bowl of strong well brewed tea and those odors will be eliminated.
Tired and weary eyes
– forget the cucumber! You can refresh your eyes by closing and placing warm tea bags, one on each eye. Had to have an
injection or vaccination?
Treat that tender site by gently pressing a wet, cool tea bag to cool the area, ease the irritation and reduce the swelling.
And the great thing about tea bags being part of your first aid kit is that every time you have to treat one of those problem areas, you can enjoy a refreshing cup of tea at the same time!