Photo by Jordan Shakeshaft

Yes, tea is great to drink. But those crinkly dried leaves in the cupboard are good for more than just tea time! The tannins in black tea can help boost recovery from minor irritations like sunburn! Just be sure to chill the tea first (ouch!), for a soothing, cooling effect.

Other potential skin healers? Green tea is filled with antioxidants and chamomile tea’s anti-inflammatory properties can also help with sunburns and poison ivy.

The Takeaway: Chilled tea can help heal minor irritations like sunburn or poison ivy when applied to the skin.


Sippin’ the stuff ain’t bad either. Green tea has been used as a cure-all for thousands of years.

Fun Fact:

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water.