How to Use Black Tea for Sunburn

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Oct 13, 2017

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#2 Vinegar for Sunburn

Apple cider vinegar is one home remedy that comes up time and again, and sunburn treatment is no exception. To use apple cider vinegar for sunburn, you can use it straight, or dilute it in lukewarm water. (Straight vinegar may sting a little because of the acetic acid.)

Apply vinegar to sunburn gently with a cotton ball or lay a soft washcloth soaked in vinegar on the area. Apply on the hour, as needed. (You can use homemade apple cider vinegar if you have it on hand.) For larger areas, add a  cup of vinegar to cool bath water and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. A vinegar/water compress is a good option for a sunburned scalp, as it won’t leave a residue that’s difficult to wash out of your hair (which could require scrubbing).

Other Tips

Getting a sunburn can be particularly drying for the skin, so it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water to rehydrate.

When you replace the fluids lost with a sunburn, your skin can recover more quickly. Try to minimize consumption of, or refrain from, caffeine and alcohol during the healing process, as these can contribute to dehydration. Pure water, coconut water, and herbal teas are all excellent choices to help replenish your body and help you stay hydrated.

It is important to take steps to prevent sunburn in the first place. Always use protective sunscreen and cover your body as appropriate when exposed to the sun for longer than 15 minutes at a time.

If despite your best efforts you end up with a sunburn, another tip is to use a natural, fragrance-free moisturizing lotion on your skin up to several times a day.

When you have a sunburn, avoid additional prolonged sun exposure, and if you must be outside in the sun, use a sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher, and keep sunburned areas well-covered.

If need be, you can take an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever like ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation while your sunburn heals. There are also OTC hydrocortisone creams that may provide some relief from the uncomfortable itching and pain of sunburn.

If you experience peeling skin or blistering, resist the temptation to peel the skin or break the blisters as this can lead to infection. Be sure to see your doctor if you have painful blistering, have a fever, or if you experience any other complications associated with your sunburn. Getting a bad sunburn is certainly uncomfortable and bothersome.

It can be reassuring, however, to know that relief from your sunburn can likely be found by looking in your pantry or medicine cabinet at home. These available natural skin care options are convenient, cost-effective, and can be used without having to worry about any harmful side effects.

The next time you end up with a sunburn, try one of these natural treatment options to get relief and promote healing.

What Are Bath Tea Bags?

Bath tea bags are just the more concentrated versions of tub water filled with actual herbs, leaves, and flowers. Because they are steeped in hot water first for a few minutes, the medicinal extracts of the herbs are fully infused. They typically come in 2 forms: (1) an actual tea bag resembling a drinkable tea, and (2) a bundle of herbs inserted in a bigger muslin cloth bag.

These tea bags are either pre-packed or homemade.

These tea bags are either pre-packed or homemade.

There’s not much difference except perhaps for the bag material they use.

Tea bags that are made of filter paper are usually for one-time use only.

On the other hand, bath tea bags that are made of cloth are reusable and this minimizes trash.

They are also effective in filtering out the herbs during infusion to eliminate clogging in the tub.

As for their contents, they don’t have to be just green tea extract. You can use a variety of botanicals and herbs that are clinically proven to improve health.

Most manufactured tub tea bags are even labeled according to their suggested application. For example, there’s a bath tea bag for skin softening made of buttermilk and certain herbs like chamomile and rosemary.


6. Stop Foot Odor

If you soak your feet in a solution of strong tea, your foot odor problem will be gone! I also add fresh mint leaves to the solution, and it smells great.

20. Clean the Sink

An acquaintance of mine uses teabags to wash their sink and make it shine. They also mentioned that it removes any foul smells around your home.

Keep your sink squeaky clean for guests with this handy trick.

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Treatment of Sunburn Blisters

With more severe sunburn, the skin may blister and eventually peel. Try to leave the blister skin intact if possible, as it will protect the raw skin underneath. If sunburn blisters appear, keep them clean and watch for any signs of infection.

If you need to drain the sunburn blisters, carefully use a sterilized needle. A better option may be to bandage the blister with honey (as noted above), which should bring down the swelling without puncturing the skin.

Cool Compress

Cool water can do a lot to provide relief from sunburn. You can place a cool cloth compress on sunburned skin and experience immediate relief. You want to be careful not to rub the skin, as this may further irritate your sunburn.

Another option would be to take a cool bath or shower to ease the pain of your sunburn. You can do this as frequently as desired to reduce sunburn irritation and pain. If you are taking a bath, you can add calming and soothing essential oils like lavender or chamomile to the water as an additional healing aid.

When you get out of the bath or shower, pat yourself dry, but be sure to leave a bit of moisture on your skin to provide additional relief and to facilitate healing.

Medicinal Compounds in Tea

There are different uses for different types of tea, for instance black tea is often useful because it contains high levels of tannins. Tannins are naturally occurring compounds which are responsible for the astringent, antioxidant, dark color and bitter aspects of tea. Particularly rich in black tea, tannins have been found by researchers to have antimicrobial activity, enhance ability for the blood to clot and help to reduce blood pressure.

Many herbal teas have additional uses for old tea bags also. Chamomile has soothing qualities, useful for relieving inflammation. Blondes can also use multiple old chamomile tea bags infused for a few hours in hot water, as a hair rinse to bring out highlights. Peppermint tea is great for reusing as a mild mouthwash to replace commercial alternatives. Nettle tea can be steeped for many hours and reused multiple times before all the amazing minerals are fully extracted.

You can bet there’s a use for just about every type of tea you could think of. Some of these uses may surprise you but it can’t hurt to give them a try!

How to Use Tea for Sunburn?

Just like the variety of teas, there are a variety of methods to use tea for sunburn. We have listed them below with a detailed description. Choose among these home remedies for sunburn as per your preference and repeat it until you achieve positive results.

1) Tea Bags

If you have a small sunburned area then this process is sufficient to get relief. Used tea bags can also be used for this process.

  • Bring some water to boil.
  • Remove from the flame and add 1 – 2 tea bags into it.
  • Let it steep for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Wring out the tea bags and place them on the affected area.
  • Leave until they dry out.
  • If you want to keep for more time, wet the tea again with water or tea solution and repeat the application.
  • Repeat the application few times a day.
  • Alternatively, you can chill the tea bags for few minutes and apply for extra cooling effect.

2) Tea Bath

It is not possible to cover a lot of sunburned skin with few tea bags. If you have a lot of sunburned skin then you should try this process to get relief.

  • Bring 4 – 5 cups of water to boil.
  • Once boiled, remove from the flame and add six tea bags into it.
  • Let it steep for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags and pour the infused solution into your tepid bath water.
  • Soak for 20 minutes and bath with cold water.
  • Repeat the process 2 times a day until the sunburn is cured.

3) Tea Treatment

This process stops the pain immediately and helps the burn to turn into a tan rather than peeling.

  • Boil 4 cups of water.
  • Add 5 – 6 tea bags into the water and let it boil for few minutes.
  • Now remove from the flame and let it cool down to room temperature.
  • Soak a washcloth in the tea solution for few minutes.
  • Wring out the excess and place the washcloth on sunburn.
  • Let it rest for 30 minutes at least.
  • Remove the washcloth, rinse off with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat 2 – 3 times a day to notice results.
  • Alternatively, you can soak a shirt in the solution, wring out the excess and wear it.

4) Iced Tea Compress

This process provides a cooling effect to the sunburned area. The coolness will reduce the irritation, burning sensation and itchiness.

  • Brew 4 cups of tea.
  • Pour the solution into an ice tray and refrigerate.
  • Once ice cubes are set, remove the cubes.
  • Tie them in a washcloth or zip lock bag.
  • Place it on sunburn area.
  • Let it sit for 20 minutes and pat dry.
  • Repeat the application daily.
  • Alternatively, you can rub the ice cubes on the sunburn area.

5) Steeped Tea for Sunburn

  • Bring a cup of water to boil.
  • Add 2 – 3 teaspoons of tea powder or leaves.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes and remove from the flame.
  • Let the solution cool down to room temperature.
  • Using a cotton ball or cotton swab, apply the solution on the affected areas.
  • Let the application dry completely.
  • Reapply the solution once the application dries out. You can apply the solution several times for relief.
  • Rinse off with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat the process once or twice in a day.

6) Tea with Mint Leaves

Mint leaves are known for their natural cooling effect. It soothes the sunburn and provides relief from the pain and itchiness.

  • Boil 1 quart of water.
  • To a bowl add 5 tea bags (detach the strings) and 3 cups of fresh mint leaves.
  • Add boiled 1 quart of water into the bowl.
  • Cover the bowl and let it steep for an hour.
  • Strain the mixture and let the solution chill in the refrigerator for few minutes.
  • Dip cotton pads or soft cloth and apply it on the sunburn affected areas.
  • Let it rest until it dries.
  • Remove the cloth and pat dry.
  • Rinse with water only if necessary.
  • Repeat the application several times a day.
  • Alternatively, you can pour or soak in the mixture for relief.

7) Herbal Tea with Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Bring a cup of water to boil.
  • Add 2 tablespoons each of lavender flowers (dried), dried mint leaves and dried plantain leaf.
  • Remove from the heat and let it cool down.
  • Once cooled, strain the mixture.
  • Add an equal amount of apple cider vinegar to the cooled mixture.
  • Mix well and pour the solution into a spray bottle.
  • Spray the solution on the affected areas and let it dry completely.
  • Repeat spraying whenever required or several times a day.

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Baking soda

Sprinkle one or more cups of baking soda into a cool bath, and soak your burnt body.

After getting out, let the baking soda – which has both antiseptic ad anti-inflammatory properties – dry into your skin.

Using tea bags in the home

Don’t have a garden?  There are still lots of great uses for used tea bags:

Eye compress

Soothe your tired eyes with a tea bag compress.  Soak them in cold water first.  The tea will rejuvenate your face, removing the redness and puffiness after a while.Meat Flavoring

Meat Flavoring

Flavor tough meat!   use tea bags (or even leftover tea) to marinade your meat. The sweetness of the drink will add a savory taste to your dish and tenderize it too.

Healing canker sores

Help with a canker sore.  The tea’s healing properties will soothe the pain and make the sore go away faster. This method also helps when you have a pulled tooth by limiting the bleeding.

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I want to try it! How do you use teabags safely on a sunburn?

If you want to try this treatment yourself, Dr. Beleznay says that black tea usually has the highest concentration of tannins, though green tea may also feel soothing to the skin. “Green tea has been shown to possess a number of beneficial properties including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.” Though you could use either to treat sunburn. Dr. Beleznay also points out that green tea also has other skin benefits, like anti-aging properties.

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If you’re applying tea to a small area, you can just soak a tea bag in room temperature water for one to two minutes and applying it to the area in need. But if you’re dealing with a larger portion of skin, Dr. Beleznay recommends brewing tea, then using a clean cloth to apply it to your skin, though she also says that the teabags may offer greater concentration of the tannins versus the brewed tea. You can use additional tea bags to cover a larger area, but it might take you a little longer to prep them, since you’ll need enough teabags to cover the amount of skin you’re trying to treat.

No matter how you prepare the tea, you always want to make sure you cool it down to room temperature before you apply. Once it has cooled down, apply it directly to the skin for a few minutes.

Keep in mind: It may not be immediately obvious if the teabags are really helping, notes Dr. Beleznay. But as long as the tea is not causing further discomfort, you can keep using the method to see if the stinging improves as the tea begins to dry off of your skin. But if you feel irritation instead, it’s important you discontinue the tea method immediately, says Dr. Beleznay. There are really no side effects to using tea, but your reaction to it will really depend on your own skin.

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Katherine had a complete burnout while she had 2 young children, a business to run and severe undiscovered allergies. During this time of illness, she made self-care and pampering a priority in her life to avoid further burnouts. Read Katherine’s inspiring comeback story, How I Recovered From Burnout With A Home Spa. Send Katherine a message on Instagram, Facebook, or email here.


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