Keep Calm and Grab a Tea Bag

black tea

 

Tea bags can be used in a pinch to stop bleeding from mucous membranes such as those in the mouth.

Have you heard that old wives tale of using a tea bag to stop the bleeding from the site of a tooth extraction? I seem to always be busting the old wives, but this one holds water!

It can be any brand as long as it’s black tea. Black tea has tannins in it which cause blood vessels to constrict and thereby stops bleeding. Simply moisten the tea bag with water and apply it to the bleeding site. Holding it in place with some pressure for 15-30 minutes should do the trick. If bleeding persists, please seek medical help! I read that tea bags can stop the bleeding and pain of hemorrhoids, but that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms.

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