Sipping tea just for its antioxidant punch is so last millennium. Here are some of the best, most unusual, and generally awesome uses for tea that don’t involve sipping.
Tea Time — Your Action Plan
Green tea has plenty of skin-protecting benefits — hence its use as a common ingredient in skin creams — butblacktea could be the answer to curing Green tea prevents non-melanoma skin cancer by enhancing DNA repair. Katiyar, S.K. Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Birmingham, AL. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. 2011 Apr 15;508(2):152-8. Epub 2010 Nov 19.. Gently applying chilled black tea to the affected area will help soothe the skin, andthe tea’s tannins can help speed the body down its road to recovery.Cooled chamomile tea also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help affected by sunburns and irritants like poison ivyChamomile: an anti-inflammatory agent inhibits inducible nitric oxide synthase expression by blocking RelA/p65 activity. Bhaskaran, N., Shukla, S., Srivastava, J.K., et al. Department of Urology, Case Western Reserve University. International Journal of Molecular Medicine. 2010 Dec;26(6):935-40.. For severe cases of skin irritation, though, it’s best to seek medical advice — and avoid these topical solutions altogether if the skin is broken or cracked. Got a pesky mouth sore?Applying a used tea bag to the spot can help and reduce inflammationby soaking up excess saliva. Biting down on the bag can also keep a wandering tongue from pestering the wound and causing further irritation (not to mention accidentally biting down on it…ouch). For those who just by sipping,adding a few cups of brewed black tea to a marinade will help before cooking (thanks again those tannins!). The jury’s out on whether makes the better marinade, but that’s what experimenting is for, right? And in case those fragrances building up at the gym are less than ideal,throw some in running shoes or a smelly bag when not in use.The tea bags will help absorb the musky scents while imparting some of their own — more pleasant — aroma.
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