JAM | May 21, 2023

It’s International Tea Day!

Vanassa McKenzie

Vanassa McKenzie / Our Today

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Are you a tea lover? Do you desire a fresh cup of delectable tea to start your day right? Well today (May 21) is the day to indulge in a cup of sizzling tea to celebrate the United Nations International Tea Day.

International Tea Day was first celebrated in 2005 to promote and foster collective actions to implement activities in favour of the sustainable production and consumption of tea and raise awareness of its importance in fighting hunger and poverty.

Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured or fresh leaves of Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub that is said to have originated from East Asia.

Tea is a staple in the Jamaican household, a tradition that has been passed down from one generation to next.

Undoubtely, consuming tea can yeild several health benefits such as boosting the immune system, helps in weight loss and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Five common teas consumed in Jamaica:

Lemon grass

Lemongrass, also known as ‘fever grass’, makes a potent essential oil. (Photo:

Lemongrass or fever grass is a popular tea enjoyed by many Jamaicans mainly because of its aroma and soothing taste.

It is a tropical plant that originated in Southeast Asia but is widely found in tropical climates.

The plant contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that are used to improve blood sugar levels, and cholesterol levels, relieve pain and help with fever.


The Cerassee plant is widely known for its health benefits such as removing toxins from the body and purifying the blood.

While it’s not a fan favorite for many Jamaicans, it is mostly consumed for its antiviral and antimicrobial properties that helps to boost the immune system.

Cerasse can be consumed hot or cold based on individual preference. It can also be used for bathing purposes to help with skin conditions such as rashes, eczema and other medical conditions.

Sour sop leaves

Sour sop leaf tea is another common tea enjoyed in the Jamaican household that is made from the leaves of the sour sop plant.

The tea is known for its health benefits such as boosting the immune system, aiding in digestion and weight loss.
The plant is grown in tropical areas and is native to North and South Africa.

Pepper mint

Pepper mint tea is perhaps one of the most popular tea enjoyed in the Jamaican household.

The soothing, minty delicious flavour keeps many Jamaicans wanting for more not to mention the great benefits associated with consuming the tea such as relieving a terrible headache, aiding in digestion and improve concentration.

Jamaican mint

Jamaican mint is another common tea that is enjoyed by Jamaican throught the years. Almost every Jamaican household has a Jamaican mint plant in their backyard.

The leaves of the plant is used to make a delectable cup of tea that pairs well with the jamaican fried dumpling and ackee and saltfish.

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