Evgeny Pyatkov/shutterstock • Full of tannic acids with strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, black tea can calm diarrhea or bloating by helping the body absorb fluids better.
• Wet tea bags will also reduce swelling on cuts, bee stings, bug bites, toothaches, or eyes suffering from conjunctivitis.
• Poison ivy rash? Soak the area with three to five black tea bags for itch relief.
• The alkalines in black tea also neutralize acids and can relieve pain in canker and cold sores; apply a damp, cooled tea bag to the area, repeating three to four times a day.
• A black-tea foot soak will also kill bacteria and close pores, helping you sweat less and reduce odor.
Memory Stockphoto/shutterstock • Researchers suspect that polyphenols in green tea may play an important role in cancer prevention, believing they help kill or slow cancer cells’ growth. In a study of 472 women with breast cancer, those who drank the most green tea experienced the least spread of the disease.
• In skin-cancer studies, lab animals given green tea developed one tenth as many tumors as animals who drank water.
• Green tea also has been shown to lower your risk of dying from heart disease or stroke, reduce rates of tooth decay, and stop a decline in mental ability.
• When it comes to memory, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered that drinking just one cup of green tea a day made folks 55 and older 38 percent less likely to experience a decline in their mental abilities; drinking a second cup daily made them 54 percent less likely to show declines.
• Studies have also shown that using green tea as a face wash or compress helps reduce acne blemishes.
Learn more about the many health benefits of green tea.