Tea Bags:  An Item For Your Bug Out Bag

Tea Bags: An Item For Your Bug Out Bag

Make a point of adding some tea bags to your bug out bag. They are a morale booster and energizer. They also can be used for a wide variety of medicinal uses.  Green tea and different kinds of herbal teas are great!

Tea bags containing leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant, such as normal white, black, or green teas, can be useful to pack in your fist aid kit or big out bag.  They’re lightweight and take up little space.  These teas, especially black tea, contain substances called tannins, which are the primary source of the their medicinal qualities.  These tannins have an astringent quality, which can reduce inflammation of bodily tissues and contract blood vessels.

Apply a moistened tea bag for relief for the following conditions:

  • Pink eye
  • Sunburn
  • Bleeding gum tissue/wounds in the mouth/knocked out teeth
  • Snow blindness
  • Minor insect bites
  • Bruises/swelling
  • Canker sores
  • Drain a boil
  • Drying out a poison ivy/oak rash
  • Swab your feet with a damp tea bag to get rid of foot odor
  • Relieve razor burn
  • Relieve tired, achy, or puffy eyes by placing tea bags on the eyes for 15 – 20 minutes
  • Soothe bleeding gums (resulting from a lost tooth) by applying a damp tea bag to it
  • Reduce food odor by soaking feet in a tea bath for about 20 minutes
  • Sooth nipples that are sore from breastfeeding

Here are also other practical uses for tea/tea bags you can consider:

  • Add the contents of used tea bags to planting soil or compost, adding nutrients for plants that prefer more acidic soil (such as roses or ferns)
  • Tea can be used to clean grime off your floors, counter surfaces, mirrors, pots and pans
  • After washing your hair, you can rinse with a cup of tea to condition it, though might not be recommended for those with light-colored hair