Tea Time: 6 Clever Ways to Use the Brew

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Literature on the merits of tea is easy to find. Recent studies suggest that tea drinkers have more ability to fight viral infections like colds and the flu than non tea drinkers, and that substances in tea may even promote weight loss. But what if these facts still aren’t enough to sway you from coffee to tea? Have no fear. In honor of National Tea Month, we’ve rounded up some of the best alternate uses for the brew — six, in fact.

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1. Tea helps smelly feet

Though there’s technically not hard evidence to support this one, users swear on its effectiveness. Why? Tannins in tea (black tea, for example) are thought to create an unfriendly environment for bacteria and can help minimize sweating by shrinking sweat gland openings. To try, boil water and mix in three to four teabags. Steep and let cool for 15-20 minutes before soaking your feet for 20 minutes. Repeat once a day until you see — or smell — a difference.

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