The Wonderful Benefits Of Tea
I love the magic found in tea. The warmth, the subtle flavors, and the healing feeling that emerges as the heat travels down your spine and into your belly. How I Love Tea! How about you?
Tea can heal our hearts and open our minds to allow rebirth.
We can make our own teas from fresh herbs. Some of which could also induce deep emotional and physical healing. You might want to explore these teas, which you can make from scratch – each with a unique set of healing attributes:
- Chamomile Tea: Relaxes the mind & heart
- Peppermint Tea: Relaxes the stomach and body
- Ginger Tea: Stimulates healing in the stomach, anti-inflammatory
- Lemon Tea: Vitamin C, Liver Detox, Digestion
- Echinacea Tea: Colds, flus, cough, immune system, anti-bacterial anti-viral, anticancer
- Reishi Tea: soothes nervous & immune systems
- Sage Tea: Calming, removes toxins, anti-bacterial
- Jasmine Tea: anti-inflammation, promotes sleep and relaxation, anti-bacterial, anti-viral
- Matcha Tea: antioxidants, boosts energy levels, contains l-theanine
- Lemon Balm Tea: Calms the nerves, mind, and body
- Cinnamon Tea: Blood sugar
- Dandelion Tea: Cleansing & Detox
- Goldenseal Tea: Releases toxins, clears system, boosts immunity
- Chaga Tea: immune-booster, anti-cancer, anti-oxidant
- Passionflower Tea: sleep, relaxation, lower your blood pressure
- Turmeric Tea: anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer
- Fennel Tea: digestion, coughs, colds
- Maca Tea: Sex drive, boost energy, hormonal balance
- Licorice Tea: digestion, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial.
- Lavender Tea: Calms the mind, sedative, invites a spiritual heart
- Ashwagandha Tea: Relieves mental and physical stress, boosts energy, reduces inflammation
If you love tea, find the time to dive more deeply into its riches!
When you think of a cup of tea, what comes to mind?
You may imagine the strong brews the British favor, enriched with splashes of milk and sugar. Or your mind may desire small cups of Chinese green tea, or mugs of steaming chamomile sitting on your bedside table.
Tea has a rich heritage all over the world, and it’s as diverse a drink as the cultures from which it springs.
Tea can create calm, provide nourishment, and give you the space you need to contemplate and process your life.
Tea is liquid therapy for the soul.
Read on to learn more about the benefits of tea, as well as the many different types of this amazing beverage.
For most people, when you hear the word “tea,” black tea is what springs to mind. Black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea, and pu-erh tea all come from the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference among these teas is how they’re processed after the leaves are picked.
Black tea uses tea leaves that have been oxidized – the same process that turns apples and avocados brown after they’re cut. All tea leaves go through some level of oxidation, but black teas undergo the most strenuous form of the process. Black tea is high in caffeine and comes in a wide variety of flavored blends, including chai.
Aside from black tea, green tea is perhaps the most popular form of the beverage. While black tea tends to have a stronger flavor and may be somewhat bitter, green tea is lighter in both flavor and color. The leaves are “fired” as soon as they’re picked to prevent the oxidation that would turn them into black tea leaves.
There are a number of potential benefits of green tea, ranging from improving brain function and weight loss to preventing cancer and heart disease. Green tea generally contains less caffeine than black tea, making it a good option for people who are sensitive to caffeine. Like black tea, it comes in a variety of styles and blends that vary widely in flavor.
Matcha tea is a form of green tea that has become extremely popular in recent years. Matcha tea leaves are grown in the shade, and the veins and stems get removed prior to processing. The remaining leaf material is ground down into a fine powder that later gets mixed with hot water to form a blended tea drink.
Matcha is different from other teas in a variety of ways; for one thing, the leaf matter is consumed whole, rather than being steeped. This can give matcha some additional benefits, including higher levels of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds. Matcha is often used in Japanese tea ceremonies and is one of the highest-quality teas on the market.
Like the other teas we’ve discussed so far, white tea comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. However, it is much more minimally processed than either green or black teas. While it doesn’t get fired like green tea to prevent oxidation, it also isn’t put through an intentional oxidation process either.
There are only three different styles of white tea: silver needles, white peony, and Shou Mei. The flavors of this tea tend to be somewhat lighter, since no steps to strengthen the flavors are taken during processing. It tends to have lower caffeine levels than either green tea or black tea, depending on how you brew it.
Oolong tea sits somewhere on the oxidation spectrum between white tea and black tea. This tea is often described as “partially oxidized,” although this is only a part of what defines oolong tea. In addition to the lighter oxidation process, oolong tea goes through a distinctive set of transformations that shape the leaves into something new.
Oolong tea may be shaken, rolled, dried, pan-fired, withered, or baked to achieve a distinctive flavor in the cup. Different regions have different ways of processing their oolong teas, and you may find brews from different regions have very distinctive flavors. Overall, oolong tea is somewhat less bitter than black tea, but has a stronger flavor than white or green tea.
Pu-erh is the last of the “true” teas we’ll talk about here. This tea is similar to black tea, but instead of being oxidized, pu-erh tea leaves get aged in the open air. This exposure to oxygen, as well as various bacteria and enzymes, actually cause the leaves to ferment somewhat, creating a unique, full-bodied taste.
Like champagne, pu-erh tea is defined by the region from which it originates. This tea came from the Yunnan province of China, and today, most pu-erh tea in the world is still produced there. In general, pu-erh tea leaves are aged for about three years, although there are two different processes that take varying amounts of time.
Herbal teas and the rest of the teas we’ll discuss here are not “true” teas – that is to say, they don’t come from the Camellia sinensis plant. Herbal tea is a large umbrella that can cover teas made from a wide variety of other plants. Popular herbal teas include peppermint tea, chamomile, ginger tea, mint tea, and many others.
Herbal teas, as a rule, are caffeine-free and may have a variety of flavor profiles and potential benefits. For instance, the benefits of peppermint tea include easing nausea, reducing inflammation, and making drinkers feel more alert. Chamomile is an anti-spasmodic that can help to relieve some of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Rooibos tea comes from a reddish bush native to southern Africa. This tea technically falls under the umbrella of herbal teas, and, like its cousins, it doesn’t contain any caffeine. However, it has a somewhat bolder flavor than many of its herbal cousins and is traditionally fermented to make the flavors stronger.
The benefits of rooibos may include reducing your risk of heart disease and cancer, as well as potentially helping people with Type 2 diabetes. Rooibos has high levels of antioxidants, which can have a variety of health benefits. And the lack of caffeine can make this a great option for people who are trying to cut back.
Mate is another herbal tea that has gained a large enough reputation to deserve its own mention. This tea is made from dried holly leaves and originates in South America. Unlike most herbal teas, mate is very high in caffeine and was traditionally served in a gourd and drunk through a metal straw.
Some people say that mate tea has the strength of coffee, the joy of chocolate, and the health benefits of tea. The benefits of mate can include improved focus, reduced risk of infection, and weight loss. Mate is high in antioxidants, and the caffeine boost can help you to be more productive in your day.
In addition to the more common types of tea we’ve discussed here, there are also dozens of other specialty teas, some of which fall into the “true” tea category. Purple tea originates in the Assam region of India and is made from a rare type of tea plant that grows wild there. Yellow tea is processed more gently than green tea and produces a flavor somewhere between green and white tea.
Learn More About the Benefits of Tea
Tea is an amazing drink that is as widely varied as the cultures it comes from. From the strong, rich flavors of black tea and mate tea to the delicate flavors of white tea and herbal teas, you can go a whole lifetime without experiencing all the flavors of tea that are out there. Many of these teas also have potential health benefits, in addition to the simple joy of holding a warm cup between your hands.
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