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[NAY] 05/09/2007: Faith from Philadelphia, PA: "I think Black Tea is probably a good remedy for various things, however for me it always upsets my stomach. It either acts as a laxative, gives me terrible gas that feels like I swallowed a bag of knives, or both. Take a small dose to see how it affects you before trying it as a remedy."Replies
02/11/2011: John from Kanab, Utah replies: "One side effect of drinking a long-brewed cup of black tea (a good side effect) is it makes you sleepy and induces deep slumber. A tea bag of black tea should steep for 10 minutes in a cup of very hot water to get the sedative effect. The tea undergoes a chemical change when brewed for 10 minutes. Most people only brew the tea for 3 minutes which creates a stimulating effect. I usually dream in my sleep after drinking a long-brewed cup. Dreaming is the sign of a deep sleep. The soporific effect of long-brewed black tea is well-known to marathon runners."
02/12/2011: Mesem from Toulon, France replies: "I have always found that a hot cup of tea (no milk) and not particularly strong helps me to sleep. Perhaps its just the warmth. Same if you wake in the middle of the night."
[NAY] 10/17/2006: Steph from Jacksonville, FL: "I'm responding to the claim that black tea cures an upset stomach. Whenever I drink black tea, I always develop painful gas and bloating and sometimes diarrhea. My grandmother said she has the same problem and that it may be caused by tannins in the tea. Maybe some people just aren't able to break down the chemicals? What does help me when i get a "gas attack" is to get on my knees and stick my butt in the air, focusing on relaxing my abdominal muscles. The posture is a bit ridiculous, but it does help expel the gas after a couple minutes. For an upset stomach, i make a tea of grated ginger, mint, chamomile, or a combination. to that i add organic milk and honey."
Sore or Itchy Eyes
[YEA] 07/06/2008: Adrian from Dayboro, Queensland, Australia: "If you suffer from sore itchy eyes, make a cup of tea using a tea bag and when the tea bag cools down, place the tea bag on your open eye (two if both eyes) and let sit there for a minute or so. Problem gone. This is an old Aboriginal remedy used by our Indigenous people."Replies
12/28/2010: Nim from Toronto, Canada replies: "Hi Adrian,
My grand mother (originally from India) also said the same. The remedy really does work! "
02/10/2012: Jp from Onalaska, Tx, Usa replies: "Yes it does work for itchy eyes and many more problems."
Stomach Ache and Menstrual Cramps
[YEA] 03/05/2009: Mabel from Kampala, Uganda : "Hi, first and foremost i would like to thank EC, am so greatful for this website, it's such a blessing! Black tea has always been my remedy for stomachach and menstrual cramps. One just needs to boil a cup of water, add tea bag and take it hot(not very hot though) with no sugar (sour but helps) or add 1 tsp of honey if you cannot stand the taste. This will solve your stomach problems!"
Vomiting, Menstrual Cramps, Diarrhea
[YEA] 03/20/2007: Kristina from Waukesha, WI: "Hi, my grandma used to make us drink strong black tea each time we had the flu, as it would stop vomiting and help settle the stomach. I have tried it with green tea as well and it works the same, and usually you don't need more than a few sips before it starts working. Now I don't even wait for the vomiting to start--I go straight for the tea upon first symptoms of the flu. I have also used this remedy for severe menstrual cramps and diahrrea and those times when painful gas gets in the way of elimination. One time I even tried it for a headache and it went away. Works wonders!"