By Cal Orey
It’s no secret. June is National Iced Tea Month. But you may not know that tea offers cool home cures, including beating sleepiness and it can also keep you calmer than java. It turns out when I was in the TSA line at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, I was asked by the agent: “Have you ever been searched?” I answered: “No,” and I was led into a booth and searched. I was told it was the metal on my boots that got me into this compromising position. And so I survived the early morning adventure with the greatest of ease, sort of...
But I was thankful for the tea I drank en route. It was the green tea with less than more caffeine, and no intense heart-racing coffee that helped me stay chill. Read: I had the right complacent attitude and made the flight out of the Sierra and into Salt Lake City—two airports known for turbulent flights.
Welcome to summertime...It's a time for travel, stress, skin woes, and even "I shouldn't have eaten that!" dog day afternoons that tea can be a blessing. I’ll describe four
common health ailments and provide why there is a growing trend
about at-home tea cures that’ll wow you
with their potential healing powers. I sprinkled in tea wisdom from
tried-and-true folk remedies.
What Tea Rx to Use: Drink 1 cup of green tea before an early morning flight. Chase it later in the day with 1 cup of black for the extra caffeine buzz. Repeat as necessary.
Why You’ll Feel Tea-rrific: Drinking green tea in the early morning hours is better on your system than a cup of joe or black tea because the latter has less caffeine but enough to wake you up so you’ll be alert. Savoring a stronger cup of tea later in the day can help you feel awake and energized but not as much as coffee which can leave you feeling jittery.
2. SUMMER STRESS
wreak havoc on your nerves.
What Tea Rx to Use: Opt to try a blend of black and white or green and white tea. Use 1 teaspoon of each or 1 bag of each and 2 cups of water. Heat to almost a boil, steep for 3 minutes. Drain. Serve with calming citrus slices.
Why You’ll Feel Tea-rrific: Both white and green tea have less caffeine than black tea—but all three teas boast calming effects. Drinking a hot cup of tea in the morning or night or iced tea throughout the day can also beat stress and calm your frazzled nerves.
What Tea Rx to Use: Cool a strong infusion of white tea, use it to soak a sponge or soft cloth, and then gently pat onto sunburned skin. Infused tea can also be added to a spray bottle or atomizer to apply without touching painful burns.
You’ll Feel Tea-rrific:
are away or at home, tea is an inexpensive, soothing treatment that can offer
immediate relief as well as continue working to soothe the pain, redness, and inflammation of a sunburn,
thanks to its compounds
found in antioxidant-rich white tea—often used in beauty skin products.
4. TUMMY TROUBLES (Soothe the queasiness) A stomachache can be triggered by a variety of factors including eating something that doesn’t agree with you, motion sickness (car, boat or plane) or even a bout of eating the wrong food from raw fish to salad gone bad. You’ll want a remedy ASAP to beat feeling nauseated.
Tea Rx to Use: Tummy Soothing Chamomile-Ginger Tea: Combine
1 teaspoon ginger tea and 1 teaspoon chamomile tea (tea bag or leaves). Heat 2
cups tap water in a tea kettle. Add tea in strainer for 3
minutes. Add a slice of orange and honey to taste. This is an easy
all-natural rescue remedy. Makes 2 servings.
Why You’ll Feel Tea-rrific: Both chamomile and ginger contain properties that can help stave off tummy distress. Calming chamomile can stave off anxiety (stomach distress is a symptom) and ginger is touted for its compounds to beat the queasies. So, is tea a cure-all? for tummy trouble due to an outdoor picnic food gone wrong moment? Nah. But the right tea can help you cope with summertime ups and downs.
Adapted from The Healing Powers of Tea (published by Kensington).
-- Cal Orey, M.A. Is an author and journalist. Her books include the Healing Powers Series (Vinegar, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Honey, Coffee, Tea, Superfoods, Essential Oils, Herbs and Spices) published by Kensington. (The collection has been featured by the Good Cook Book Club.) Her website is http://www.calorey.com.