As Britain basks in some of the warmest summer weather in recent history, many of us have been wondering how best to stay cool. As tea lovers, it occurred to us that some of the hottest places on earth – from Morocco, to the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent – are also some of the biggest drinkers of tea. So is there any wisdom in the idea that a hot cup on a hot day can cool you down?
At Dragonfly, we decided to put this counter-intuitive cooling technique to the test. Turns out, nothing hits the spot quite like a cup of our Moroccan Mint green tea – or, if you prefer something more floral, our Moonlight Jasmine green tea – when trying to beat the heat! And apparently there is some emerging scientific evidence to back up this conclusion.
According to research undertaken at the University of Ottawa’s Thermal Ergonomics Lab, when you have a hot drink, it can reduce the amount of heat stored inside your body. This is because the heat of the drink triggers the body’s natural cooling system – which works by lowering body temperature through the evaporation of perspiration. So if it’s a hot, dry day our recommendation is to dress lightly, pour yourself a cup of Dragonfly, and stay cool.