Part used: Leaf
Energetics: Bitter-sweet, drying, astringent, warming
Actions: Analgesic, anti-diarrheal, anti-emetic, anti inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, anti-viral, appetite suppressant, astringent, cardio-stimulant, diuretic, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective, stimulant
Indications: Stress, mental fatigue, high blood pressure, stroke, coronary heart disease
Orange Pekoe doesn’t refer to an orange-flavoured tea, but rather a particular grade of black tea that is composed of whole loose leaves. Because it is composed of whole leaves and not left-over dust or fragments, Orange Pekoe Black Tea is considered to be high quality. It is high in anti-oxidants, which can help reduce free radicals in the body, promote cellular health, and ward of degenerative diseases like cancer. Orange Pekoe Black Tea also contains a compound known as l-theanine, which can help relieve stress and reduce anxiety .