The Benefits of Tea and Why you Should Drink at Least 1 Cup per day
Mmmm tea – I have to say that I love tea and could drink it all day long. Black tea, white tea, green tea and herbal teas. You name it, I have probably tried it and may even have some in my tea cupboard – yes that’s right, I have a cupboard dedicated to tea. What’s great about all of the different teas available is that they are all good for different things and help with many different ailments. Another great thing is that you can make some of them yourself and even invest new flavours!
The point of this article is to tell you the benefits of some of the teas and what they are good for as drinking tea on a daily basis will help us all in some way, shape or form..
There is pretty much a tea for every ache and ailment out there at the moment. Many people not only drink teas for their wonderful flavours but also for their cleansing and health properties. I have not heard of a tea yet that does not have some kind of health benefits to them. As there are so many teas, I will list a few and their properties and you can take it from there. You will find more information online.
Caffeinated although decaffeinated is available
Black Tea – the most common tea drunk in the UK – what they call a quintessentially British drink. It has been said by experts that black tea is a wonderful source of potassium, manganese and antioxidants. All of which are great for bone growth, body development and balancing bodily fluids. The antioxidants are also said to play a part in helping to fight illnesses such as cancer.
Back tea can be drank on its own or with a dash of milk. To be honest I like it both ways and sometimes, depending on the blend, it is wonderful with a small slice of lemon. Sooo refreshing.
Examples of black tea blends, all of which taste different from the next – English Breakfast (Golden & Well Rounded) , Earl Grey (Classic Blend) , Ceylon (Light & Refreshing) , Assam (Strong & Malty) , Lady Grey (Bright with Orange) & Lapsang Souchong (Smoky)
White Tea – this is another good tea with many antioxidants which help to reduce the risk of cancer alongside cardiovascular disorders. It is also said to improve oral health. As well as being full of antioxidants, white tea has anti-ageing properties which help to maintain health skin.
Green Tea – another tea loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. The main benefits of green tea are of course lowering risk of various cancers, it has been known to improve brain function (caffeine however you can buy caffeine free)help with fat burning and weight loss and also oral health to help prevent infections. Wow right?! Did you know that green tea comes from the same plant as black tea, it is just prepared differently.
Naturally caffeine free herbal teas
Rooibos Tea aka Redbush Tea – well known for its ability to give our tired immune systems a wee boost. Not only does rooibos tea contain many essential minerals that our body needs, it also has amazing calming properties that can help alleviate headaches and sometime insomnia. If you are having issues sleeping then perhaps Rooibos is what you need. I have also read in several places that it can also help asthma and hay fever sufferers and help to ease the symptoms of eczema.
Peppermint Tea – as well as its amazing tastes, peppermint has wonderful qualities to aid digestion and is usually drunk with or after a meal. Can be used to settle your stomach and to ease a sore throat.
Tip – mix with decaf green tea to boost the benefits.
Echinacea Tea – usually used to help prevent coughs and colds as it encourages the immune systems to fight off and reduce many systems of colds, flu and other pains that you may have. Echinacea is also used reduce inflammation.
Raspberry Leaf Tea – now this is a tea for the ladies (men can of course drink it too with no detrimental effect to their health). A wonderful tea which is said to reduce the symptoms of PMT and stomach cramps.
Chamomile Tea – A lovely calming tea which helps relieve stomach-ache regulate digestion and boost sleepy immune systems. To add it its calming effect you can add any or all of the following – aniseed, fennel and even caraway seeds.
Ginger Tea – a tea which is world renowned for its amazing ability to calm nausea. It is also known to help with stomach cramps as the ginger helps to stop the spasms.
There are so so many more that I could tell you about but we would all be here for a very long time. Tea really is good for you in so many ways. I will admit that some of them are a very acquired taste and so if you have not tried any of the herbal teas before, my advice to you would be to try the blends that also contain fruits of honey etc as they are all natural sweeteners.
Being a hippy I just love to make my own homemade teas and so each and every one of the teas that I have mentioned can be made by you in your own home. You can either grow the ingredients yourself, buy them from herbal shops or even forage for the ingredients. Whichever method you chose, go wild and experiment with the flavours. We have also written an article on how to make your own hippy tea. Please click here to take a look.
Please note – if you decide to forage and pick your own ingredients, please be very careful and take someone who’s knows plants with you as some can be very dangerous to pick by mistake..