Black and green tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant, but green tea is unfermented and black tea is fully fermented. Brewing tea in tea bags and drinking the tea may have medicinal effects. Some individuals drink green tea to help prevent cancer, treat Crohn’s disease and stomach disorders such as vomiting and diarrhea, according to MedlinePlus, while black tea may help to reduce the risk of a heart attack and kidney stones. The caffeine in tea may help to increase mental alertness. Besides the benefits of drinking tea, using the tea bags on the body may also have health benefits.
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Genital Herpes and Canker Sore Relief
Individuals may feel relief from the itching and pain of sores caused by the herpes virus by placing a moist black tea bag over the sores. The tannic acid in the tea may help to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of herpes, according to MayoClinic.com. Placing moist black tea bags on canker sores may help to relieve the mouth pain.
Tooth and Gum Health
After accidentally knocking a tooth loose, you need to place the tooth back into the socket. To help hold the tooth in place until you arrive at the dentist, you can bite down on a moist tea bag. Any type of tea bag is acceptable for this use. Drinking brewed green tea may help to increase the health of your gums and reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
Placing wet tea bags on the skin may help to soothe the sting after a sunburn. Green tea may also help to decrease the damage to the skin from exposure to ultraviolet B radiation. Placing green tea on the skin for 30 minutes prior to sun exposure may help to decrease the risk of developing a sunburn, according to the Academy of Dermatology. Putting green tea bags on the eyes may help to decrease puffiness and may help to soothe tired eyes. Tea bags placed on the eyes may also help to treat a headache.