There's nothing like a hot cup of tea on a cold winter day or an ice-cold glass of tea in summer's heat. But there's also a little-known use for the tea bag that can help those suffering from genital herpes.
Placing a cold, wet black tea bag directly to the sores has been known as an alternative treatment to flare-ups. Some think the tannins found naturally in tea leaves are part of the secret [source: Grayson].
Regardless, heat water long enough to douse a tea bag, then cool it down immediately. Place the cooled tea bag right on the sores.
When finished, throw the bag away and dry the area thoroughly [source: ASHA].