Pre packaged tea bags are extremely helpful while you are travelling. They help you enjoy your cup of tea with utmost ease and sans any hassle of arranging for pot and strainer. These days, the market is flooded with several types of herbal teas, such as green tea, chamomile tea and peppermint tea. These teas are extremely good for health. Most of them possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent and antibiotic properties, which ensure a fit and slim you.
However, we often tend to throw the tea bags after their usage. Well, these used tea bags can also be of great use. They can be used to heal several skin problems. So, let us have a look at various health benefits of used tea bags.
- For Exfoliating Dead Skin
The rough texture of the contents of a used tea bag can work as a great exfoliating scrub. It helps in getting rid of skin impurities, dirt and dead skin cells. Also, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties present in it ensure a radiant glow for your skin.
All you need to do is cut open the tea bag and empty its contents in a bowl. Now add a spoon of honey and olive oil in it to form a thick paste. Apply this concoction on your skin and the let it dry. Once it is semi dry, massage your skin in circular motion for a few minutes. Afterwards, rinse off well with lukewarm water. Repeat this procedure at least twice a week. Chamomile tea in particular acts as a great exfoliating agent. So, incorporate used chamomile tea bags in this remedy.
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- For Treating Acne
You can use green tea bags to cure your acne woes. Moreover, green tea is particularly a great remedy for acne breakouts. The presence of catechins in green tea helps in combating acne-causing bacteria. This is so because they possess anti-bacterial properties. As per a 2009 study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, green tea is an effective remedy for curing acne. Another study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology states that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) present in green tea help in destroying the acne-causing bacteria.
All you need to do is place used green tea bags on the acne-prone skin for about 15 minutes. Later was off with cold water. Repeat this procedure two times in a day.
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- For Eliminating Bad Breath
Both peppermint and green tea are helpful in eliminating bad breath and thus, giving you a fresh smelling mouth. The presence of antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties in these teas is capable of killing odor-causing bad bacteria. As per a 2014 study, a green tea based mouth rinse helped in easing pain related to acute pericoronitis.
Just dip two to three tea bags in hot water for 10 minutes. Now remove the tea bags and let the water cool down a bit. Add two drops of tea tree oil in it and use this liquid as a mouth wash. Do it for about two times in a day.
Peppermint tea is also helpful in curing several types of stomach disorders. To know about it in detail, click here.
- For Providing Relief to Puffy and Irritated Eyes
You can use all sorts of used tea bags to soothe puffy eyes but green tea bags have the best effect. Owing to the presence of antioxidants, they help in easing stress and getting rid of fatigue. Antioxidants work on dark areas and thus make them look brighter. They also reduce swelling and puffiness around the eyes.
Just freeze the two used green tea bags in the refrigerator for half an hour. Meanwhile apply some olive oil on your eyes lid and under the eyes. Massage well so that the skin completely absorbs the oil. Now place the tea bags on your eyes till they come down to room temperature. Later wash your face with normal water. Make this a daily ritual after coming back from office.