What are the benefits of tea?
Tea has been prized for its healing and rejuvenating properties for centuries. From ancient Egypt, ancient China, and later in Europe, teas are a prized commodity still to this day. With so many tea options to choose, we wanted to break down the benefits of some of our favourite teas.
Chamomile tea is well known for its light, floral taste. It has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress. It’s commonly used to help induce sleep for its relaxation properties too. It has also been shown to boost your immune system and reduce inflammation, making it a great tea to drink for menstrual cramps. Furthermore, studies have shown that it can help aid in digestion.
Green tea is full of antioxidants like EGCG which has been shown to reduce your risk of cancer. Green tea has also been shown to boost your metabolism, possibly making it easier for you to loose or maintain a weight. It’s also full of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, zinc, and magnesium. Green tea may help calm and relax the body.
Mint tea is a wonderful way to aid in digestion. This is due to the menthol within the mint relieving inflammation within the stomach. Many studies have show that it can soothe an upset stomach and also prevent nausea with its antispasmodic properties. Mint tea can also help to combat common colds, reduce fever and treat bad breath. Furthermore, mint tea can help improve the overall health of your skin and hair.
Some of the most common black teas are Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, and Yunnan. They can be brewed individually or combined for specific blends. The benefits of black teas are vast with studies showing they can help aid in heart health and ward off cancers with their antioxidant properties. Black teas offer amino acids like L-theanine and caffeine that may help with focus and energy too.
White teas are true to their name, brewing a light coloured, smooth tasting tea. Some common varieties of white tea are White Peony, Silver Needle, and Darjeeling White. Similar to black teas, white tea offers antioxidants and caffeine that may stimulate the body and brain, giving you more energy and focus. It has also been shown that it may help speed up a metabolism and slow free radicals which can lead to cancer, diabetes, and ageing.
It’s easy to see why so many people choose tea as their favourite hot beverage. We love so many tea flavours and often like switching it up depending on our mood or time of year. Which ever tea is your favourite, it’s sure to benefit your daily self-care routine even if to take pause and unwind at the end of a busy day.