Teas Every Prepper Should Stock
Teas every prepper should stock! True teas and herbal teas each have numerous benefits. As such, they can work as health remedies, calming tisanes, or just something to boost your general health. In short, if you are a prepper, then you need to have your own supply of teas in case of emergencies.
Of course, when prepping, you do need to focus on teas that have a greater shelf-life. This feature needs to be balanced out with whatever health benefits the teas have to offer. So, on this note, here are the top teas you should be stocking up on:
The Best Teas
Valerian Root Tea
Valerian roots have a significant number of advantages. For one thing, it is excellent as a calming remedy and can even be used to treat anxiety. It is also known to help ease the symptoms of dysmenorrhea in women. What’s great about valerian root tea is that it can be given to children of all ages.
This tea has an incredibly long shelf-life. If you choose to keep it in powdered form, then it may last around 2 years. On the other hand, if you keep the whole dried root and take care to store it well, it could potentially maintain its potency for up to 3 years.
Loose Leaf Black Tea Leaves
There is a good chance that you have been drinking black tea for many years. However, have you ever considered the health benefits associated with this drink? Firstly, these leaves have excellent antioxidant content. At the same time, they can improve heart health, reduce the risk of stroke, help with blood sugar levels, and boost gut health. It is also great if you need a burst of energy.
However, what sets these leaves apart from other true teas is that it is fermented a great deal more. As a result, it can be stored for a longer period. If kept in a tin and properly stored, these tea leaves could remain fresh for up to 3 years.
You have probably used ginger or ginger tea a few times to ease nausea. Although this is what it’s predominantly used for, it has many other benefits as well. In particular, it is great for easing inflammation in the body. As such, it can help to ward off pain and discomfort associated with medical conditions caused by inflammation.
Most people use fresh ginger root to brew tea. However, you can also use ground ginger. This is good news because ground ginger can last between 3 to 4 years, if stored properly. So, you can easily buy it in bulk and have peace of mind knowing that it will stay fresh.
Like ginger tea, turmeric tea also has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. However, the advantages of this spice don’t stop there. Turmeric tea is also great at improving your general health by keeping your immune system in working order. It also has antibacterial properties that can ward off various bacterial agents.
Thus, it is exciting to know that turmeric powder used to make turmeric tea can last you quite a while. When stored well, it can last up to 3 or 4 years at a time. Considering that you can also use turmeric in cooking, this is excellent news!
The Importance of Storing Teas Properly
With any tea, it is all about storing the base ingredients in the appropriate environments. Do this and you can extend the shelf life of most ingredients. To begin with, store your ingredients in airtight containers. This will prevent any other particles, organisms, or odors from interfering with the teas.
You should also make an effort to keep all the ingredients out of direct sunlight. Natural light can cause degradation to tea ingredients, causing them to lose their aroma and flavors more quickly. Sunlight may also break down certain healthful components of the ingredients as well.
Last but not least, store the teas in a cool, dry area. Make sure that no moisture can get in. You should also make an effort to keep the teas away from humid conditions or overly hot places in your home.
So, there you have it, a list of the top teas that every prepper needs. Add these to your stores and you will be able to sort out several ailments, particularly in an emergency.
Do you have a go-to tea? Tell me about it in the comments! Read more advice on prepping here. Do you keep these teas every prepper should stock at home?
15 thoughts on “Teas Every Prepper Should Stock”
You know, I would never think of tea as something to be stocked for the prepping lifestyle. It makes sense, though. Teas have been used for various health benefits for thousands of years.
I love this, and I love tea! There are some amazing benefits when drinking tea. In the winter months I make tea right before bed. It really just makes me feel relaxed. I like having green tea with honey. A friend of mine took me to a tea shop, and they served us a tea that had the taste of strawberries dipped in chocolates. It was definitely different, but delicious.
I’d never heard of Valerian Root tea. I like that you know and are sure about your staple teas. For me it would be Black Chai, Earl Grey, Green Jasmine and Peppermint.
I love tea, hot or cold. While I don’t have any of these varieties in my cupboard currently, I do have raspberry, green, cinnamon, peach, and black all in tea bags. I do have ground ginger in my pantry. I’ve heard a lot of good things about turmeric, so I should get some of it.
We always have tons of tea at home. I love herbal and my husband likes Chinese red tea the most. And we also have ‘regular’ for our guests. I need to stock on Valerian root tea though, thanks for the reminder
This was really interesting. I am a BIG time tea lover but I had no idea that black loose leaf tea could be stored that long. That’s good to know (and a good reason to pick up a few more of the tea tins that I have been storing them all in). It also sounds like a good excuse to pick up some more of my favourite black teas lol At least then, if something happened and I had to rely on my stock, I would have that taste of ‘comfort’ that comes with my favourite teas.
Some great tips, I had heard of Valerian root before but don’t think I have ever tried this. Something to remember.
I also love how you explained the importance of storing them properly. I do store my tea away from sunlight and in a dry spot, but should look into getting an airtight container.
What a great list of teas for preppers. I had no idea the long shelf life of ginger tea, which is great because I’m a huge ginger tea fan. I love how it smells and taste.
I swear by loose-leaf black tea leaves! I generally steep them a bit and add some lemon and honey – makes for a fantastic drink which can be enjoyed either hot or cold! Love turmeric tea too! Will check out the Valerian root one.
Thank you for the article.
I’ve never really thought about the benefits of tea. Reading this makes me want to look into it even more. Valerian Root Tea sounds interesting. Ive not hesrd of it before, I’m quite an anxious person at times so could be worth a try.
I absolutely love curling up with a hot cup of tea. I’m always done for trying new one, I aboslutely love Ginger Tea. I have never tried Tumeric Tea before, but I’m going to look out for it next time I’m in the natural/herbal medicine store!
We are massive tea drinkers in our house, so this is great. There are so many tea varieties and we are stillworking our way through all the flavours. We love ginger ones x
Great tips! My go-to teas are Irish Breakfast, English Breakfast and a new discovery – Lady Grey (light and fresh). It was interesting to find out just how long teas and some spices can last.
Prepping for tea is a great idea and it’s nice that some teas have a long shelf life. I’m a herbal tea lover so I buy it in bulk and it lasts for a year or two in an airtight container. I often drink valerian and lemon balm tea which is great for anxiety and stress. I also drink elderflower and ginger tea when I feel a cold coming on.