5 Wonderful Benefits of Yellow Tea

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

For those who don’t know yet, drinking yellow tea is an excellent way to give yourself a healthy boost in a rare and delicious way.

What is Yellow Tea?

Yellow tea, with a unique taste, is a specialized type of tea that is made exclusively in China and is closely related to green and black tea, in terms of preparation and flavor. The preparation process for these tea leaves is similar to green tea, except the leaves are allowed to oxidize further, which can give them more of a yellow appearance and a slightly more mellow flavor. This type of tea is also known as Hwang cha in Korea and huángchá in China but is also known as Sichuan tea, based on where it is sometimes produced.

Pouring hot yellow tea from a teapot into a cup on a wooden table

Yellow tea is a rare tea that can be found mainly in China. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The tea leaves are allowed to sit in the air to oxidize, then they are fried to stop the oxidation process before being wrapped in a special material for 2-3 days, then roasted. The resultant leaves have a yellow-brown color and can be brewed to make yellow tea. This type of tea is becoming increasingly rare and expensive, despite the fact that some believe it is healthier than green tea. Many of the same active ingredients are present as are found in green tea, such as caffeine, catechins, and other antioxidants. [1]

Benefits of Yellow Tea

The many benefits of yellow tea include weight loss, skincare, increasing appetite, detoxifying the body, protecting the heart, and regulating digestion, among others.

Skin Care

Possessing many of the same antioxidants as green tea, yellow tea is an excellent way to prevent the signs of aging, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, blemishes, and scars. [2]

Weight Loss

Anecdotal evidence points to this tea being a great dietary aid, given its metabolism-stimulating properties. This means more passive fat-burning and a body more capable of regulating weight, particularly on a diet. [3]

Aids in Digestion

The anti-inflammatory properties of this tea can help to reduce bowel disorders and regulate your bowel movements, preventing symptoms of both diarrhea and constipation. [4]

Detoxifies the Body

As a liver stimulant, this tea can speed up the process by which you release toxins from the body, helping to reduce the metabolic load. [5]

Regulates Diabetes

The catechins and antioxidants in this tea are known to help normalize the body’s release of glucose and insulin, which is good news for those living with diabetes or at risk of the disease. [6]

How to Make Yellow Tea?

Making yellow tea is quite time-consuming and it is a delicate process, so most people leave the preparation of the leaves to the producers in China. However, once you acquire some dry yellow tea leaves, making it at home is quite simple.

Pouring hot yellow tea from a teapot into a cup on a wooden table

Yellow Tea Recipe

Ditch the grassiness of green tea and embrace the silky taste of Chinese yellow tea!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: yellow tea
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 5 grams of dried yellow tea
  • 2 cups of water (filtered)
  • 1 tbsp of honey


  • To make yellow tea, add 5 grams of dried yellow tea to a glass.
  • Boil 2 cups of water in a kettle.
  • Add the hot water to the glass, about halfway up. Steep for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of honey and then strain into a teacup.

Word of Caution: Due to the potent nature of this tea’s active ingredients, there are some side effects, such as elevated blood pressure, anxiety, and nervousness, as well as gastrointestinal distress and glaucoma.

As with any other variety of tea that contains caffeine, an excessive amount of this tea will increase stress hormones and blood pressure, which can lead to nervousness and may worsen anxiety disorders. Too much of this tea is also known to stimulate diarrhea and stomach upset. Studies have found that drinking too much yellow tea may increase your risk of glaucoma, although this research needs to be corroborated.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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