Hey, is it cool if I talk about tea for a minute? Good, because I LOVE tea.
I went to a tea tasting at the library on my college campus yesterday and I learned quite a bit about this lovely plant that I didn’t already know. This wealth of knowledge inspired me to share with the world (including you!) why I think everyone should drink more tea. So sit back, grab a warm mug of whatever tea you prefer, and enjoy the benefits of these marvelous leaves with me!
First things first: there are four basic types of tea. These types include white, green, oolong, and black tea (of course, there are many more types—these are just the basics). If you’re an avid tea lover like myself, you’ve probably already heard of these different teas. But did you know that they all come from the same plant? Each type of tea leaf is derived from the plant Camellia sinensis (excluding herbal teas, which don’t actually contain tea leaves). The different types of tea are produced by different amounts of fermentation, with white tea having very light fermentation and black tea being fully fermented.
If you haven’t already, I strongly suggest you try each of these different teas at least once. Yesterday was my first time trying oolong and white tea, and I fell head-over-heels for white tea! I think I even like it more than green tea (which I happen to be sipping on as I type). Don’t limit yourself to certain teas because you already have a few favorites. What is life without adventure? Get out there and explore those different teas!
All right, so now that you know some basics about tea (I’ll spare you from all of the really cool tea liquor stuff I learned for the sake of a boring long article), here are some wonderful health benefits of tea:
Highest in antioxidants, antibacterial, relieves cold symptoms, can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, anti-inflammatory, may help prevent some cancers
High in antioxidants, promotes healthy cell growth, reduces bad cholesterol, speeds up metabolism, can reduce the risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s
Antioxidants, aids in weight management, can alleviate skin conditions, can lower cholesterol
Antioxidants, regulates blood sugar, lowers risk of heart disease and diabetes, anti-inflammatory, can relieve symptoms of asthma
- Chamomile: relaxing, aids in sleep and stomach troubles, antibacterial
- Ginger: aids in digestion, relieves nausea, antihistamine properties, eases motion sickness
- Echinacea: relieves cold symptoms
- Peppermint: decongestant, anti-inflammatory, suppresses appetite
- Hibiscus: diuretic, helps lower blood pressure, high in vitamins
- Nettle: helps combat allergies, alleviates arthritis symptoms, energy booster
- Rooibos: alleviates some skin irritations, has cancer-fighting properties
- Cinnamon: fights viruses, lowers cholesterol, alleviates arthritis symptoms, increases antioxidants
It’s no wonder the ancient Chinese used so much tea in their medicines! Don’t forget that there are many more types of teas out there that also have a ton of benefits.
If you’re looking for any recommendations, I’ve been drinking a lot of Japanese green teas lately (namely sencha and genmaicha) and I love them! I’m also planning to buy some white teas soon (as if we don’t have enough tea already!) because, as I mentioned earlier, I fell in love with white tea at the tea tasting yesterday.
What’s your favorite type of tea? I’d love to hear your recommendations!