Mend cuts and scrapes
Black tea’s tannins act as astringents to stop bleeding from open cuts or scrapes. Gently press a cool, damp tea bag on the affected area to feel soothing relief and reduce any swelling. However, if you notice any signs of an infection, get to your doctor ASAP.
Kill foot odorHTeam/shutterstock
No one wants to deal with stinky feet. Luckily, black tea is one of the most effective home remedies for foot odor. The tannic acid in strong black tea kills bacteria and closes pores—and it can help your feet sweat less. Take advantage of this benefit by soaking in a black tea footbath. Boil two tea bags in a pint of water for 15 minutes, remove the bags, and dilute the tea with two quarts of water. Let the mixture cool if necessary, then soak your feet for 15 to 30 minutes. Repeat daily. Rub a couple drops of these essential oils on your feet to keep them smelling fresh.