• Rich in fluoride, so drink after meals to help guard against tooth decay. 
  • Use as a poultice by placing damp green tea leaves on insect bites to reduce itching and inflammation. 
  • Or soak a pad with weak green tea to make an emergency first aid treatment to ease bleeding from cuts. 
  • Boosts the immune system. 


  • Some types, such as Pu erh are  effective at reducing cholesterol levels, so drink after a fatty meal. 
  • Helps reduce high blood pressure. 


  • Take a strong infusion of tea (2 tsp per cup of boiling water, without milk or sugar) for diarrhea, food poisoning, dysentery, or hangover. 
  • Reuse tea bags as a poultice and place on tired eyes. 
  • Damp tea leaves can soothe insect bites.      
  • Use a weak infusion as a cooling wash or sunburn. 


  • Drink one to three cups as strong as you like to relieve headache pain. 
  • Put a few leaves in boiling water and inhale to ease nasal congestion. 
  • Children may prefer Spearmint tea for its milder taste. 


  • Drink a cup at night for insomnia, anxiety and stress. 
  • Add to a baby's bath water at night to encourage sleep. 
  • Add 2 teaspoons flowers to boiling water and inhale for hay fever, asthma, or bronchitis.