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Miracle Sunburn Cure: Sweet Tea Relief

Remember, if you think you have a second or third degree sunburn, it might be better to consult your local physician or emergency room, depending on the severity of the burn.

Did you know that tea is an effective treatment for light to mild sunburns? Most teas have a high tannin content, which is the precursor to tannic acid — a concentrated, commercial form of tannin used for many medical applications, including the treatment of light burns and rashes. Black and green teas have higher than average tannin content, so that’s definitely recommended, but most teas will suffice. Sorry for misleading you a little with the post title.

In a systematic review by Chung et al. (1998) [17] they found that Tannins have also been reported to exert many physiological effects, such as to accelerate blood clotting, reduce blood pressure, decrease the serum lipid level, produce liver necrosis, and modulate immunoresponses. This would explain common folklore such as that soaking feet in tannic acid (or strong tea) can treat or prevent blisters; foot odor; and rough, dry feet.[18][19] A further example is that “A popular home remedy to stop the bleeding after wisdom tooth extraction is applying tea bags in the back of the jaws and biting down, given that the tannic acid in tea helps to clot blood.” [*]

Here’s how it works:

Basically, you need to steep three tea bags in an average sized pitcher, and once it has steeped, add ice or let it cool to room temperature.

You’ll want to perform the rest of this process outside or in a bathtub, somewhere you don’t mind getting dirty or that’s easy to clean up. Probably your bathtub or shower, since you’re most likely going to be in the buff. Once the tea is at your preferred temperature, use a rag or old washcloth to apply the tea to your skin. Reapply several times as it dries, you should feel immediate relief as you apply these layers of tea.

Leave these coats on for several hours; it’s best to do this before bed and place some old towels over where you’ll be sleeping. After you’ve let the tannin work its magic, hop back in the bathtub or shower and clean yourself off. Your sunburn should be substantially subsided or completely gone!

Source: Instructables

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