Chinese Remedies Using Black Tea

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Black Tea is a fully-fermented tea that fits into the Dark Tea category of Chinese Tea.

In China it is more commonly known as Red Tea due to the beautiful deep red color of the tea liquid.

Black Tea offers several health benefits to the regular drinker though due to the fact is under goes 100% fermentation its health benefits differ from Green Tea or Oolong Tea – The main benefit from Black Tea is heart health.

Black Tea is one the 6  tea types from China and one of the most important with a long history of use and production throughout China.

The importance of Tea and Tea Culture throughout China cannot be over stated… if you were to undertake an in-depth study of   Chinese tea the study would take you to the center of Chinese cultural values… There are many in China who believe… ” Tea Is Life “

Tea as a gift is very important gesture, it is often gifted to new family members or business contacts… to give someone a gift of  tea is to – wish them a long happy life.

Black Tea in particular offers a very distinct personality when compared to other teas.

Black Tea Classification

One of the more well-known characteristics of Quality black tea is that, as it ages over time, the tea’s flavors, scent and consistency is accentuated and becomes more pronounced.

In other words, when full leaf  Black Tea is stored correctly, the better it will taste, this depends on the quality of the tea you are aging of course.

Tea connoisseurs or those first learning about Chinese Tea often compare the tasting and appreciation of  Chinese tea to the likes of sampling or collecting fine wine.

Like wine, the qualities that  the tea inherits is dependent on where the  tea  is grown, the main influences are :

  • soil
  • altitude
  • humidity
  • rainfall
  • soil structure…
  • season it is picked – Spring is considered the best time to produce great tea

all of these  criteria influence in a small but noticeable way the  taste of Chinese Tea…

Many tea experts can recognize the flavor and scent that is unique to the region the tea is grown and the methods used to process it.

Black Tea Benefits :

Black Tea alone should not be expected to cure all the health problems in the above list,  but when used on a daily basis as it is used in China – Black Tea  has been found to relieve many health issues – Black Tea can be a  great alternative to many store brought medicines.

Black Tea like many natural remedies should be seen as preventative medicine – not an instant cure all – but a very nice tea to drink, that will compliment your current health care.

Black Tea Remedies :

One common remedy involving Black Tea is to use it as an astringent for acne. It is used to rinse your face rather than washing with harsh soaps or chemicals, Black Tea will help retain your natural oils while washing away bacteria that lead to acne.

Black Tea is also used in administering to dry or cracked lips. The black tea actually helps the skin to retain its moisture without becoming dried.  This is accomplished by placing a lukewarm Black Tea bag to the lips and allowing it to sit there for up to ten minutes.

Another lesser known Black Tea remedy is for sunburn, Strong Black Tea that you have allowed to cool is combined with warm bath water the person with sunburn then soak themselves in the bath tub for up to 15 minutes, this will ease most of the pain from sunburn -  at least offer temporary relief.

In a recent Australian study Black Tea was proven to be a natural remedy for blood pressure and shown to improve blood circulation and reduce high blood pressure by several points – Black tea is known to reduce the  incidents of strokes.