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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.

Certainly tea is an overlooked necessity for the
prepper's pantry,
prepper's medicine cabinet and survival kits.

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Tea for survival
Using tea bags for survival

Put tea in your survival plan.
Tea is a multi-purpose survival tool. Tea can help you stay
hydrated, deal with pain, keep focused and stay alert in times of
crisis. Tea bags are often included in first aid and survival kits.
Ever wonder why? You'll find the answers in #10 so keep reading!

Discover the remarkable power and benefits of tea and and how
to use tea bags for survival...

How to Use Tea for Survival
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.

Reason #1: Tea bags are a fire accelerant.
One of the most practical, yet surprising, uses of a tea bag is for
firestarting if you have no tinder! The contents of a tea bag are
highly combustible and will make an excellent accelerant.

Open the bag and use the contents like tinder in an emergency
for fire starting. You can also use the string and paper tag tail.
Alternatively, you can recycle old tea bags, dry them again, and
dip them in crayon wax or remelted candles. These make
excellent accellerants for starting a campfire.

Reason #2: Tea improves water quality and taste.
Tea has been around for 5,000+ years for good reason! The water
quality of our ancestors wasn't particularly good, so tea helped
the water taste better. Moreover, boiling water in preparation for
tea kills or inactivates the nasty viruses, bacteria or protozoa
floating about.

Tea was an important staple for your ancesters. Look back on
history you will see this is true. The
pioneer provision list
recommended settlers pack a full 2-lbs of tea for their journey
along the Oregon Trail. Those who drank tea 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 can help hydrate quickly.
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 either a burst of energy
(caffeine tea) or a calming effect (herbal tea):
Tea can effect your energy levels and mood...

  • 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 another 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, such as English
    Breakfast tea, which 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

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 kits.

Why are tea bags in survival kits? Tea has many miraculous
medicinal purposes. The
Dental Medic kit, pictured right, 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

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
  4. Pacify poison oak and poison ivy rash, (black tea applied in a
  5. Alleviate pain of blisters (black tea, moistened and applied
  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 orally).
  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

According to Lipton, "
Drinking tea may be associated with
maintenance of certain normal healthy body functions, such as
hydration, focus, and alertness." Also, they say "Research
suggests that drinking 2 to 3 cups per day of black or green tea
helps maintain healthy blood vessel function."

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

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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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
Tea has nutritional and medicinal values. 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!

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