There’s nothing a cup of hot tea can’t fix.
That saying is echoed by a Chinese proverb, which states, “Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.”
After you learn about the benefits of hot tea, you’re sure to agree.
January is Hot Tea Month!
January is the perfect month to curl up with a cup of hot tea.
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer black, green, white, oolong or herbal tea, you still get loads of health and other benefits.
Celebrate the health benefits of hot tea!
- Green, white, and some herbal teas have antioxidants.
- Green tea and black tea improve brain function.
- Green and black tea may reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Green and black tea may prevent bone loss.
- Green tea boosts metabolism and may help you maintain a healthy diet.
- Tea may prevent tooth loss by changing the pH of your mouth.
- Tea boosts the immune system and may help battle cancer.
- Black tea reduces stress and increases energy even though it has less caffeine than coffee.
- Tea may lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Herbal teas can help with sleeplessness (valerian), nausea (ginger), depression (St. Johns wort), stress (passion flower), high blood pressure (hawthorn) and coughs (thyme) and improve relaxation (chamomile) and the immune system (echinacea), among other benefits.
What’s the difference between green, black and white teas and herbal teas?
Green, black, white and oolong teas are all made with the leaves of the camellia Sinensis plant.
White tea is not oxidized and is minimally processed, so its flavor is not as strong. It and some herbal teas have the highest level of antioxidants among teas.
Green tea has a minimal amount of oxidation, which brings out more flavor and adds caffeine. Antioxidant levels are slightly less with green tea.
Oolong tea is partially fermented and has more caffeine and less antioxidants than green tea.
Black tea has the most caffeine and the lowest level of antioxidants among the four.
The qualities of herbal teas vary according to the substances with which they are compounded.
What are other uses of tea?
- Reduce swelling around eyes. Certain herbal teas, such as chamomile, and black tea will reduce puffy eyes. Just place the cold used tea bag on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Cold and flu detox. Add some strong ginger tea to hot bath water to stimulate the skin and open up pores.
- Conjunctivitis. Use a slightly warm used chamomile tea bag to reduce the swelling from conjunctivitis.
- Cold sore. Put a wet tea bag on the cold sore for 30 minutes. It helps heal and reduces pain.
- Stinky feet. Soak your feet in tea.
- Razor burns. Place warm and wet used tea bags on affected areas to reduce swelling and ease discomfort.
- Toothache/tooth removal. Cool a used tea bag and place on the painful area in your mouth. This will stop bleeding and ease pain.
- Sunburn. Apply used tea bags to skin. The tannins in tea alleviate the pain.
- Mosquito bites. Put used tea bags on bites to stop the itch.
- Poison ivy. Dip cotton balls in tea and dab on weepy poison ivy rash. Black tea is the best for this.
- Turn gray hair dark. Steep 3 black tea bags in a cup of boiling water, then add a tablespoon of rosemary or sage. After shampooing, pour or spray the mixture on your hair. It will stain, so beware. Blot with a towel, but do not rinse.
- Clean wood. Dip a rag in black tea, wipe down cabinets or floor and buff.
Tea of all kinds is becoming more and more popular. People are baking with it, using tea instead of soup stock, and even making smoothies with it.
The more you learn about tea, the more you’ll want to Celebrate Hot Tea Month!