7 Healthy Uses for Soggy, Old Tea Bags

After you’re finished sipping your cup of tea do you toss your used tea bags in the trash? You might not know it, but if you do you’re wasting a multipurpose health tool that can be used to heal everything from chapped lips to bleeding gums. So don’t just toss your soggy tea bags in the trash can. Put them to work as the following 7 DIY health and wellness remedies…

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1. Restore that Picture Perfect Smile

If your smile is a little less than glowing, it turns out that used tea bags can restore the perfect, photogenic grin. Not only does research suggest that sipping green tea or applying used bags to you lips will restore hydration to your pucker due to the powerful skin-renewal polyphenols within.

A 2010 study from Japan’s Hiroshima Prefectural University, show that the natural anti-inflammatory benefits within green tea can prevent periodontal disease (or gum decay). The study monitored the tea-drinking habits of 1,000 study participants and linked daily green tea sipping with healthier gums and less tooth loss with age.

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