Drinking tea can be good for health, especially when it is done on a regular basis. From a Chinese medicine perspective, there are certain times of day when tea drinking is considered to be most beneficial.
In the morning:
Consuming tea in the morning can be an effective way of quickly replenishing the body’s water supply after sleeping. Drinking a cup of light tea not only rehydrates the body but also assists with cleaning the intestines and stomach. It may also help to prevent and relieve constipation. It is better to avoid drinking strong tea in the morning. A little lighter than usual is recommended.
Around 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon:
Drinking tea at this time helps to enhance the body’s immune system, which may reduce the likelihood of catching cold or the flu.
Around 8:30 p.m. in the evening:
Many people avoid drinking tea in the evening as they are concerned that it will affect their sleep (though aged white tea is gentle and usually does not affect sleep). The human immune system tends to be more active at the beginning of the night, more active than in the early morning. Drinking tea in the evening can assist the reparative bodily functions, such as cell reconstruction.
Different seasons or different times of a day correspond to different tea. Drinking tea with mindfulness and respect from the heart, we will understand better the tea we drink like we know about our friends.
［原创］Edited translation by zenteaone.org from posting of The Five Petals Tea Hut.