Know Your Teas
When most think of tea, they think of the hundreds of different flavors that help you sleep, lose weight, boost your mood and stay healthy.
However, there are truly only five real types of tea...the rest are called herbal teas, made with other parts of the plant besides just leaves.
Don’t Forget the Five
White Tea: least processed and oxidized. Most delicate flavor.
Black Tea: fully oxidized and higher in caffeine.
Green Tea: lack of oxidation produces vibrant color.
Oolong Tea: semi-oxidized with widest array of flavors and aromas.
Rooibos Tea: naturally caffeine-free with natural sweet flavor.
These five contain special antioxidants called flavonoids which help your body in preventing and fighting heart disease, cancer and issues with digestion.
Top 10 Herbal Teas & When To Drink
1. Chamomile Tea:
Calming and sedative tea; drink before bed for a good night’s sleep. Also great for those night’s of sadness to help boost mood.
2. Peppermint Tea:
Relieves symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating; drink after big meals or when you are feeling uneasy. Can also improve the quality of sleep and help you to lose weight.
3. Lemon (Balm) Tea:
Mood booster; drink when you are feeling a little unlike yourself. Can also aid in a good night’s sleep.
4. Lavender Tea:
Mood booster and sedative for a good night’s sleep or a calming afternoon/evening. Great to drink after too much coffee to help balance out the jitters.
5. Ginger Tea:
Helps curb nausea, vomiting or upset stomach due to motion sickness. Aids in weight loss as well as it is great for your gut.
6. Jasmine Tea:
Relieves aches and pains in the joints, as well as stress in the intestinal anomalies. Can aid in weight loss and help lower cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and prevent/treat diabetes. Great to drink 2-3 times daily.
7. Rosehip Tea:
Best sources of Vitamin C to improve immune system, skin and tissue health and adrenal function. Take when sick, suffering fatigue or low on energy.
8. Milk Thistle and Dandelion Tea:
Contains antioxidant vitamins and minerals that aid with alcohol metabolism, helping to clean your liver and protect live cells while ridding the body of poisons. Best to drink after consuming alcohol or after taking antibiotics/medications that may overwhelm your liver.
9. Rooibos Tea:
Contains no caffeine. Mood booster, anti-inflammatory, improves heart and bone health, and controls diabetes. Great to drink 2-3 times daily.
10. Yogi Tea:
Great to help detox the body, as it helps the liver and large intestine rid your body of toxins and impurities. Great to drink daily to flush out any internal pollution and speed up your bodies natural detoxification process.
There’s something about hot tea that our bodies really enjoy. There are so many individual and shared benefits to drinking at least one cup of tea a day, why not include it in your routine?
Your body will definitely thank you!