Tea For Wound Healing
Recently, a relative who’s an oncologist at a leading cancer centre told me about an interesting, natural wound healing remedy – tea bags. In his line of work, he sees many ulcerating wounds or sores, which exude smelly fluids as well as blood, causing much pain, discomfort and distress to patients.
Knowing my preference for treating ailments naturally, he shared that the humble tea bag has antiseptic properties. The tannins in tea have an astringent effect, producing a dry, tightening sensation, so they are useful for helping to stop bleeding. The tannins activate the thrombocytes for rapid blood clotting. The stronger the tea, the more the tannins. Tannins also have both anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects. Tea also stops infection from spreading by creating a protective layer over the exposed tissues, while helping the wound to heal.
The tea to use for wound healing should be from the tea bush Camellia Sinensis, also known as black tea – NOT herbal tea. If you prefer to use loose tea leaves rather than tea bags, you can fill blank tea bags with the tea leaves when you need to treat a wound.
After cleaning the wound area, place cool, moistened tea bags directly over bleeding wounds, sores or ulcers, cuts and even burns. To be effective, you’ll need to keep the tea bag in place for at least an hour (use tape, gauze or plaster to secure). If the wound is very wet, change the dressing regularly. Another way is to make a strong tea solution (make a cup of tea in the usual way, only more concentrated). After the tea has cooled completely, pour some tea on clean gauze and place it over the sores or wounds. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes but remove within an hour, or the gauze may stick to the affected area. This tea solution is even better straight from the fridge, because of the cooling effect. The tea solution may also be used for wound cleaning.
As the wound heals and infection is controlled, any offensive odour will gradually go away. The exuding of fluids will also diminish. How long this will take depends on the severity of the wound and infection, and whether there is any disease – such as cancer – complicating recovery. Still, the tea will help to soothe and heal the wound, so add it to your arsenal of natural healing remedies.
Tea has many other uses. Some years ago, my dog had an eye infection which caused her eyes to become watery, red and itchy, and produce gummy, yellowish discharge. When I told my husband about it, I remember his nonchalant response: “Make a pot of tea”. I was annoyed, to say the least.
Said I: “What do you mean, make a pot of tea? We need to do something about poor Coco’s eye infection right now!”
Said he: “That’s exactly what we’re going to do. When I was growing up, my family used tea to wash out eye infections in our dogs. When the tea cools down, we’ll pour the tea over Coco’s eyes.”
It was a messy affair, but we tilted Coco’s head to one side, and poured the cooled tea over her eyes. We did this a few more times over the next couple of days. Worked like a charm! Her eyes were nice and clear in no time.
Fortunately, I always have tea handy at home. Make sure you do too.