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The Remarkable Powers of Tea
Using tea bags for survival

How to use Tea for Survival
Tea bags are often included in first aid and survival kits. Ever
wonder why? Read on to discover the remarkable powers of tea.

Tea is a seemingly ordinary beverage with amazing benefits
whether ingested or placed topically to heal. We've compiled
some compelling reasons to include tea bags in your stockpiles,
bugout bags and survival kits.

Why are tea bags in survival kits? Tea has many miraculous
medicinal purposes. The Dental Medic kit, pictured left, includes
a tea bag among the components for oral relief. Black tea
provides the benefit of soothing canker sores and preventing
bleeding of the gums or tooth loss.  Whether you have a
displaced tooth or a nose bleed, black tea can help speed the
healing. Stopping the bleeding is the primary reason for
including tea in survival kits, but firestarting is perhaps the
most useful purpose.

Ten Compelling Reasons to Include Tea in
Your Preps
Tea can be an important part of your preps for many reasons:

Reason #1: Firestarting.
One of the most practical uses of a tea bag is for firestarting if
you have no tinder. The contents of a tea bag are highly
combustible! Open a bag and use it like tinder in an emergency
for firestarting.

#10 is the first most practical reason for including tea in your
first aid kit... Keep reading!

Reason #2: Tea improves water quality and taste.
Tea has been around for 5,000+ years for a reason! The water
quality of our ancestors wasn't particularly good, so tea helped
it taste better and boiling water in preparation for tea killed
bacteria. The
pioneer provision list recommended settlers pack a
full 2-lbs of tea for their journey along the Oregon Trail. Those
who drank it were less likely to get dysentery, a common cause
of death in their journey. They didn't know it at the time, but
boiling water to make the tea helped kill off the bacteria and
save many lives.

Reason #3: Tea helps hydrate quickly (filtering
water) for diarrhea.
In an emergency situation, tea can help you hydrate quickly
when you need to boil water to kill the impurities. Instead of
waiting for the water to cool after it boils, you can simply make
tea. (Hot water on its own would be unpalatable for many.)

Another reason why are tea bags in survival kits is that the
herbs themselves help alleviate diarrhea. Tea can also help
relieve diarrhea because it has tanic acid. Just open the tea
bag, and swallow the leaves with the water as an anti-diarrheal.
Mint teas in particular help sooth diarrhea.

Reason #4: Tea provides a burst of energy (caffeine
tea) or a calming effect (herbal tea):

  • Tea can provide a burst of energy (caffeine teas): Tea is
    a morale booster, which is why tea is one reason tea is on
    the list of 37 foods to hoard, but the reason for including
    tea bags in bugout bags and survival kits is that
    caffeinated teas provide a burst of additional energy. As a
    stimulant - tea can refreshen and awaken when you need it
    most. Choose a caffeinated variety (English Breakfast tea
    has caffeine and bergamot).

  • Tea can provide a calming effect (herbal teas): While
    some teas provide energy, other teas can provide a calming
    and soothing effect, which you may need. The stresses of a
    life in uncertain times will require a few respite moments
    with a cup of herbal tea. As a calming agent or sleep aid,
    flowers make for ideal calming teas. Try lavender mint.

Reason #5: Tea helps fight allergies and strengthens the
immune system.
No matter the kind of tea (black, green or white), tea is full of
flavonoids, which fight off infection, strengthen the immune
system and fight allergies. Tea increases the protein production
in your system and these proteins fight off infections. In short,
tea is an
immunity booster. Consider adding echinacea,
peppermint and chamomile teas to help combat the common
cold, naturally, too!

  • Allergy tip: Drink your tea with survival lemon juice and
    prepper honey. As you breathe the warm beverage, you'll
    stimulate the tiny nostril hairs (called cilia), which will help
    sweep away dust and pollen.

Reason #6: Tea offers arthritis pain relief (green tea
or black tea).
Polyphenol is the chemical compound in tea which suppresses
the gene that causes arthritis inflammation. Drinking hot or cold
tea will help reduce the inflammation. Tea polyphenols may also
help reduce bone deterioration!

Reason #7: Tea is an anti-cancer agent (green tea).
There are many healthy benefits of tea and the anti-cancer
properties (polyphenols) is just one of them. Hundreds of
studies have proven green tea and green tea extracts effective
in preventing cancer and this has been well publicized.
Essentially, green tea helps cancer cells commit suicide;
however green tea and extracts have caffeine. A lesser known
tea, Rooibos (red tea) also has been known to have the
essential flavonoids to fight cancer.

Reason #8: Tea lowers heart attack and stroke risk
(green tea)
Many kinds of tea have anti-cancer properties (polyphenols), and
the polyphenols also reduce the risk of blood clotting and even
help lower cholesterol levels. As well, hibiscus tea may lower
blood pressure in people with modestly elevated levels.

Reason #9: Tea boosts insulin level for those with
The vapors of chamomile tea can soothe coughing episodes
(Croups), and for those with diabetes complications, including
vision loss, and nerve and kidney damage, studies have shown
chamomile tea may help.

Reason #10: Tea has First Aid Applications.
Tea bags are often included in first aid and survival kits. The
tannins in tea have an astringent quality to reduce
inflammation. Tea helps with bleeding and can relieve tooth
pain or canker sores, which is why it's often included in medical

    Medicinal applications of tea include the following:
  1. Reduce inflammation and appearance of bruises and
    swelling (black tea, moistened and applied topically).
  2. Provide comfort to blisters or even to drain boils (black
    tea, apply as wet and warm compress).
  3. Relieve pain and itch of insect bites (black tea applied
    in a bath).
  4. Pacify poison oak and poison ivy rash, (black tea
    applied in a bath).
  5. Alleviate pain of blisters (black tea, moistened and
    applied topically).
  6. Allay sunburn by rubbing a few wet bags on the
    afflicted area.
  7. Provide cold and flu relief (Echinacea tea, taken orally).
  8. Urinary problems (rosehips or dandelion tea, taken
  9. Stomach upset (chamomile)
  10. Soothe bleeding gums and canker sores (applied
    orally, by biting down on a dry black tea bag).
  11. Stop a nosebleed. Use a dry tea bag to stop a
    nosebleed! Just roll the tea bag into the nostril.
  12. Lesson the pain of pinkeye (apply as a warm and wet

Finally, many people include tea bags in their kits for religious
reasons. The tea bag is a symbol to "relax, and count blessings."

Unconventional Uses of Tea
Following are some unconventional uses for tea:

  • Marinade. Tea is an unusual marinade for meats, and yet
    you'll be compelled to try this savory flavor idea for your
    barbecue. The tea also acts as a tenderizer.

  • Foot bath. Green tea is both an anti-fungal and an anti-
    bacterial, so go ahead and soak your tootsies and get rid of
    some foot fungus naturally! Your feet will smell better as

  • Compost. Recycle your tea bags in your soil to return the
    antioxidants to the earth in favor of your plants.

  • Source of Vitamin C. Pine needles brewed into tea will
    provide the necessary Vitamin C nutrients you need to
    prevent scurvy.

  • Healthy Lactation. Some teas support mothers in
    production of breast milk and in promoting healthy
    lactation. Fenugreek is the herb that aids in lactation.
    Mother's Milk tea, pictured right, includes fenugreek as well
    as fennel, anise (which give the tea a sweet, licorice-like
    taste), and coriander.

  • Cleaning hand tools. Soak tools for a few hours in strong
    black tea, enough to cover the tools. The rust will wipe off
    with a rag!

How to Store Tea for the long term
While tea stores very well in the container you bought them in,
the bag or loose, you'll want to keep the tea fresh prepper style!
Store teas in a mylar bag with oxygen absorbers to preserve

Want to grow your own tea? Try Dandelions!
The Backyard Homestead is loaded with ideas to produce all the
food you need on just an acre! The author suggests purchasing
a dandelion digger, pictured immediate right, which is good to
dig out plants with deep taproots, like the dandelion.

Videos about Tea:
    Cosmetic uses:

Warnings about tea:
Tea is rich with medicinal properties, and though it's a natural
product, there are some warnings about using tea:

  • Talk with your physician if you use a blood thinner (anti
    platelet medicine), as green tea also thins the blood.

  • Green tea can decrease the effects of antacids.

  • Talk with your physician if you have disorders of the
    gastrointestinal tract or bile ducts, impaired kidney or liver
    function, as teas that contain eucalyptus leaf can cause
    nausea and vomiting in rare cases.

  • Consult your doctor also if you have allergies to daisy
    (asteraceae), the family of which includes yarrow,
    safflower, chamomile or echinacea.

So know you know how to use Tea for Survival (and why are tea
bags included in survival kits).
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coffee for survival.

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Tea is a
multi-use survival tool! Now that you know the
remarkable power of tea and why tea bags are included in
survival kits, you can stock up.

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