Did you think that tea bags can only be used to prepare your favourite cup of tea? People often throw their used tea bags after they are done with its daily routine. But let me tell you that you’re throwing away an utter-useful object in the dustbin.
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A used tea bag can be used to treat numerous issues like sunburn, acne, dry hair, puffy eyes and many more. One used tea bag can do so many things that it might amaze you to extreme lengths. Next time you toss away your used tea bag in the dust bin, re-read this article.
Also Read: 6 Ways to Use Tea Bags for Beauty Benefits
1. Treat Acne
A study was published by Drugs in Dermatology that green tea is easy and effective to be used an acne treatment. The compound epigallocatechin 3-gallate found in green tea targets the acne-causing bacteria.
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You just have to brew a cup of green tea and let the used tea back sit for 30 minutes. Dab this tea bag on your affected regions for 10 minutes. Do this two times a day to get visible results.
You can also make a wonderful exfoliating scrub with tea bags.
2. Fight Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Medical College of Georgia confirmed that green tea, when used topically, can rejuvenate your skin to great extent. You can thank the EGCG compound found in green tea. It rejuvenates the ageing skin cells and protects your skin against the action of free radicals.
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You can prepare this anti-ageing face mask at home easily. You just need to empty 2 used tea bags in a bowl. Add some raw honey and lemon juice. Mix it well to form a paste. Apply this paste on your face and neck. Leave it for 5-10 minutes. Wash it off with normal water. Do this twice in a week for desired results.
3. Eliminate Bad Odour
All the variety of teas have this property to kill the bacteria that are responsible for causing bad breath. The non-polymeric phenolic and polymeric tannin in the tea is responsible for this deodorizing property of tea.
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To make the mouthwash, brew 2-3 used tea bags in hot water. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. When it cools down, add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil. Gargle your mouth using this solution 2 times every day.
4. Ease Puffy Eyes
The tannin in the tea is a mild diuretic which is known for drawing fluids from body tissues. You can use a used tea bag as an eye de-puffer.
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Just steep 2-3 used tea bags and keep them in the refrigerator. Let them cool for half an hour. Now take the bags out and then place those bags on your closed eyes. Keep it this way for 10-15 minutes. Do it as many times a day for desired results.
5. Cure Sunburn
A day out in the sun without the SPF can cause too much harm to your skin. But a used tea bag can always reverse the damage. The polyphenols in the green tea can repair the damage caused to your skin due to the sun.
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Take 5-6 used tea bags and throw them in your bath tub. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Have a nice soak in this water for 20 minutes. Do this everyday for few days, you will see your tanned skin being cleared up.
6. Get Rid of Toenail Fungus
The black tea is known to have excellent antifungal properties that combats the candida. Candida is responsible for causing the toenail fungus and athlete’s foot.
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Put 2-3 used tea bags in your refrigerator for cooling them down. Place those cool tea bags on your toenails to fight the fungus causing bacteria. Do this 2-3 times a day to see the fungus vanishing.
7. Good for Your Plants
These used tea bags are not only good for humans but are also beneficial for your plants.
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You just need to take few used tea bags and brew a mild tea with it. Let the tea cool down a bit. Transfer the tea in a spray bottle. Spray the brewed tea on your plants’ leaves.