Know Your Teas

Consumption of teas has grown in popularity over the years. There are a variety of tea options with a numerous health benefits. The most commonly available teas are black, green, and herbal. All teas originate from Camellia sinensis, which is a native plant to India and China.

On top of tea’s antimicrobial properties, research has shown that drinking tea helps with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. It also encourages weight loss, lowers cholesterol, and brings about mental alertness. Tea is also an excellent antioxidant because it contains flavonoids. Tea can also be used to substitute the consumption of coffee.

Black Tea –
– Made with fermented tea leaves
– Has the highest caffeine content out of all the teas
– Is typically the base for many flavored teas, such as chai
– High in antioxidants
– Research shows that black tea protects lungs from damage due to smoking
– Reduces risk of stroke and heart disease. Helps in recovery from a heart attack
– Aids in blocking allergic reactions, improves skin, delays onset of diabetes, and slows the growth of tumors

Green Tea –
– Preserves many of the original qualities of the fresh leaf while enhancing and bringing out its effects through its making
– Made by cooking the leaves and then pressing them to release their moisture and then drying them out
– Research shows that green tea is an excellent antioxidant
– Prevents cancers of the bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal
– Helps with recovery from a hangover and burns fat
– Reduces risk of neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, reduces risk of stroke, improves cholesterol, and prevents clogging of the arteries
– Counteracts oxidative stress on the brain

Herbal Tea –
– Made with various herbs, fruits, seeds, or roots that have been steeped in hot water
– Are lower in antioxidants than green and black teas
– Some types of herbal teas include, ginger, hibiscus, jasmine, rosehip, mint, chamomile, and Echinacea
– Research shows that herbal teas prevent and heal colds, bring restful sleep, lowers blood pressure, and helps with weight loss
– Chamomile tea prevents complications from diabetes, such as loss of vision, nerve, and kidney damage, and prevents the growth of cancer cells
– Echinacea tea fights off the common cold
– Hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure

Tea is best when consumed as a hot beverage and should be brewed for at least 3 to 5 minutes. Milk, lemon, and organic sugar may be added to the tea for taste. Various teas, especially herbal teas, give off therapeutic aromas. Here is a quote for you to sum up the benefits of tea: “If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you” ~ Gladstone, 1865.

Enjoy tea time!