Do you drink tea? There are many ways to consume the world’s most popular (after water, of course) beverage. And beyond drinking tea when you wake up or enjoying it with toast for breakfast, there are tea varieties that have been associated with wellness and medicinal benefits for generations.
Some of the most popular medicinal teas include:
- Green Tea
- Chaga Tea
- Black Tea
- Pu-Erh Tea
- White Tea
- Chamomile Tea
- Hibiscus Tea
- Rooibos Tea
Read on to learn a bit about each of these teas:
Green tea is often mentioned in health and wellness circles, as it is a great addition to your wellness regimen. It is lower in caffeine than many tea varieties and with its high antioxidant count, is sometimes associated with Cancer prevention, facilitating digestion, healthy metabolism, good heart health, and more.
Chaga doesn’t come from the Camellia Sinesis plant like most teas. It is a mushroom that grows on birch trees in cold climates, like Siberia. Chaga tea comes from brewing Chaga mushrooms into a fine powder. Chaga is also used topically in creams and oils. Chaga is known for having a high antioxidant value and potential health benefits related to the immune system. It is commonly used as a home remedy for cold and flu symptoms and a number of other conditions. It’s continually being looked at for many health benefits.
Black tea has a place in nearly every home’s pantry and is common in many countries around the world. Whether you like a strong cup of black tea with lemon, honey, a bit of milk, or sugar, you’re doing your body a favor by regularly drinking it. There are significant health benefits for your lungs, blood flow, cholesterol levels, and more. Black tea is also available in many varieties, so you can benefit from a vast array of flavors.
Pu-Erh tea is getting a good dose of attention from TV talk shows and celebrity endorsements because of its potential weight loss benefits. But this fermented tea isn’t just good for those wanting to slim down; it’s good for cholesterol and also has some significant antimicrobial properties.
White tea is known for a low caffeine rate and a light and silky taste. It’s can help you fight strep and staph infections, counteract tooth decay, and has some anti-aging properties as well.
Many who want help relaxing after a tough day look to a cup of chamomile tea. The tea comes from distillation of chamomile plants and its consumption is known for anti-stress results and has been studied as a treatment for Cancer.
Hibiscus infusions are consumed in a number of cultures. The flowery beverage, consumed either hot or cold, is renowned for improving blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.
Oolong tea, also referred to as wulong tea, is revered for potential help with weight loss. This tea is part of the camellia sinesis plant, and the partially fermented tea has a woodsy flavor. Beyond weight loss benefits many consume it for beauty reasons, as it’s said to be good for the skin.
Rooibos tea, often referred to as red tea, is known to help with digestion. This fermented tea is strong flavored, good for an energy boost, and offers a great deal of nutrients. Rooibos tea is known to help improve the health of one’s cardiovascular system, liver, and teeth.
The above list of medicinal tea benefits is not exhaustive. A bit of research can help you see why it’s advantageous to drink tea more often. Of course it’s not intended to replace a visit to a doctor, but if you talk to your doctor about upping your tea consumption there’s a good chance he or she will agree with you.
There are some delicious and beneficial tea varieties listed here. Why not experiment and try some? Consider adding an afternoon tea to your regimen or replacing one cup of coffee with one of these great teas.
Good to know… Thought this might be of use to you as well, caffeinated-zombie
Oh gods yes. You know, I didn’t realize you had tagged me until I went and looked at this post for the third or the fourth time.
I found a bag of tea snacks at home so I had some tea the other day.
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1. Nettle Tea
Nettle is made with the leaves of stinging nettle, named for the tiny hairs on the fresh leaves which can sting the skin. Despite it’s rough exterior, nettle is one of nature’s best remedies for an assortment of ailments including anemia, high blood pressure, rheumatism, arthritis, coughs and colds, congestion, urinary tract infections, and kidney and bladder problems.
2. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is a popular herb that’s used in teas worldwide. Chamomile soothes the stomach and relieves bloating and indigestion. Chamomile also calms the mind and helps people relax and deal better with their stresses. Some people are allergic to chamomile and should avoid taking the tea. People who find it hard to go to sleep should drink a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed. Chamomile is known to fight insomnia by relaxing the body and the mind, enabling the person to fall asleep naturally.
3. Ginger Tea
Ginger is an energizer and a stimulator. Drinking ginger tea both stimulates and soothes the digestive system. Ginger has been known to aid people experiencing nausea. Arthritic people have found ginger tea helpful since it has anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint is a fragrant herb that makes for a soothing drink. Peppermint helps you digest foods better and also reduces flatulence and digestive issues. Peppermint is prescribed to people with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and gallstones in capsules. A cup of peppermint tea will ease nausea and vomiting, especially if you suffer motion sickness. If you have heartburn, don’t drink peppermint tea as this might aggravate your condition. Peppermint tea brings down the severity of herpes outbreaks. The natural mint flavor of the herb helps to freshen your breath. Other health benefits of this tea are control of muscle aches and chronic pain, clearing of congestion and mild coughs, mild asthma and reduction of stress.
5. Lavender Tea
Lavender tea is made out of the dried purple, pink and white colored flowers that grow on lavender shrubs. Used as a scented herb for many centuries, lavender’s medicinal uses have been appreciated and documented for centuries. A cup of lavender tea can soothe your mind and body, inducing sleep. If you are feeling down and depressed, a cup of lavender tea can help uplift your spirit.
Lavender tea helps sooth and treat flatulence, colic, bowel infections and an upset stomach. Lavender tea can be used as a wash on the chest to help reduce cough, bronchitis, asthma, cold and other respiratory issues. For both children and adults, lavender is used to reduce body temperature during fever. Lavender also has healing properties; use a wash of lavender tea to help heal wounds, cuts, ulcers and sores.
6. Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm tea is fragrant to drink and is a very effective tonic to calm nerves and anxiety. Cold lemon balm tea bags help relieve cold sores, or genital sores caused by the herpes simplex virus. Mix lemon balm leaves with valerian to treat anxiety, stress and insomnia. Lemon Balm contains several properties, which control herpes and also regulate the thyroid.
Lemon balm when mixed with peppermint can calm an upset stomach, sooth the digestive track and reduce flatulence. Drink lemon balm tea if you suffer from nerve pain. Drinking lemon balm tea also helps strengthen memory and brain functions and also uplifts one’s mood.
7. Rosemary Tea
Rosemary is not only good for cooking but makes a healthful and highly beneficial tea. Rosemary can help your muscles to relax. Additionally, rosemary is an effective digestive aid as well. If you have gall bladder and liver complaints, drinking rosemary tea regularly will greatly help relieve your symptoms. Rosemary tea also relieves cough and mild asthma symptoms.
8. Hibiscus Flower Tea (Sorrel)
Dried Hibiscus flowers are made into a tea that offers very high health benefits. Hibiscus tea is known to lower blood pressure, reduce high cholesterol and strengthen the immune system (it’s rich in Vitamin C). Hibiscus flower infusions have known to reduce hypertension as well, in people prone to this condition. A recent study reveals that hibiscus tea is rich in antioxidants, which protect the body against cell-damaging free radicals. Red zinger tea and sorrel tea contain hibiscus.
9. Green Tea
Green Tea comes with such a host of health benefits, that it’s called the ‘wonder herb’ by tea drinkers and medical practitioners alike.
Drinking green tea lowers cancer risk and also inhibits carcinogenic in cigarettes and other compounds when imbibed. Green Tea contains potent antioxidants called polyphenols, which help suppress free radicals. Green tea also stops certain tumors from forming. Green tea lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels and thereby promotes heart health. Green tea also lowers blood pressure, prevents and fights tooth decay and dental issues, and inhibits different viruses from causing illnesses.
So I was thinking about names for my new teashop… How about… the Jasmine Dragon? It’s dramatic, poetic… has a nice ring to it.
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Allllllll the teas <3