Technically tea is any drink brewed from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant which is native to China and India. High in polyphenols and flavonoids, tea has remarkable antioxidizing properties. The less fermented and processed tea is, the healthier it is for you.
Green and white teas are the healthiest as they are the least processed, however black and oolong tea is also incredibly good for you.
Herbal ‘tea’ or tisanes are brewed from the leaves, flowers, bark, and roots of other plants. There is a wide range of herbal tisanes available which offer a great variety of flavors and nutritional benefits. You can also get lovely blends of teas and herbal tisanes.
While black, white, oolong and green tea all contain some caffeine, the levels are less than 50% of those found in coffee. You can drink more tea without suffering the effects we’ve listed above (although if you drink too much tea, it is possible to have some of the above side effects.)
Tea has greater health benefits than coffee however because of the antioxidants contained within.
While herbal tisanes are not technically tea, they also contain many wonderful health benefits as well.
Not only just refreshing, but tea can also be enjoyed hot or cold, making it a great go-to drink all year round.
Benefits of Tea For your body
Tea is a tasty way to get more fluids into your system, and can help you keep hydrated if you have trouble drinking your recommended 2-liters of water a day.
Some types of tea, such as moringa from South Asia, is high in calcium, iron, and vitamins A and K. It has strengthening properties for your bones and teeth. Tea also changes the pH level in your mouth which may help to prevent cavities.
It boosts your immune system and may reduce your chances of developing cancer. Basil tea, for example, can help your body to recover from illness or injuries because it has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. The flavonoids in tea are some of their greatest strengths in helping your body to heal and preventing disease.
Tea also reduces your risk of diabetes. Green tea, in particular, reduces your risk of high cholesterol, heart attack, and stroke.
Black tea may help to protect the lungs from damage and deterioration from smoking.
Peppermint tea can reduce the effects of pain such as headache, while rosehip tea may reduce pain from arthritis. Ginger tea helps with nausea and is wonderful for women suffering from morning sickness.
Echinacea tea can help you fight off a cold.
While the medical evidence supporting this is in its early stages, consuming tea may also help with weight loss. Green tea helps your body to digest food, as does ginger, chamomile, and lemongrass tea, and drinking tea can stave off the cravings for sweet treats like chocolate.
Benefits of Tea For your mind
For centuries ancient cultures have known of the mental and emotional benefits of drinking tea, and turn to it as the source of happiness, wisdom, and peace. More people across the globe drink tea than any other beverage, apart from water.
Tea encourages mental alertness and may improve cognition, focus, and memory. Green tea has been shown to reduce the development of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Chamomile tea can help calm the mind and relax the body, helping you wind down and get ready for sleep. It may also help reduce the effects of depression and anxiety, as may lemon balm tea.
Benefits of Tea for others
Tea is a lovely, social drink, which can not only be enjoyed by one person, but shared with many. Most cultures have made a social occasion and special event of sharing tea, with ceremonial tea being shared at weddings and offered when visitors come to stay.
The steeping of tea encourages you to sit and chat for longer with friends, and take some time to be with the ones that you love.
Benefits of Tea for the Environment
Mass grown tea plantations have been reported to be bad for the environment because they clear natural habitat and use pesticides, as well as may give workers unfair wages and conditions.
The very best way to enjoy your tea is to make sure that you are buying organic and fair-trade tea.
There is an incredible range of organic and fair-trade tea and herbal tisanes available from Eric’s. Pop in soon and chat with the staff about which teas are good for you.