Tea can do wonders for your health, it’s not just a myth. Each tea has a certain thing it’s good for, which can make finding the right one without doing some intensive searches difficult. Maybe you just aren’t that fond of tea to put the extra effort in. But the winter days are approaching, and tea is the perfect drink for those cold days and nights.
If you try drinking tea for a week or two, you will already start feeling the benefits. You’ll have more energy, be in a better mood, and l just feel like you’re overall healthier. It’s not just in your head, tea does help your health!
Here is a list of the best teas you can use for health:
Oolong tea combines the health benefits of both green and black tea. It contains a number of useful antioxidants, and Chinese herbalists believe that it is effective in improving symptoms associated with weak kidney and spleen energy. Along with that, it is often recommended for its great weight–loss properties. The polyphenols in oolong tea help with enhancing the function of your metabolism and would help your body burn fat cells more easily.
Black tea is known as many people's healthy alternative to coffee. This is because black tea is famous for its ability to banish fatigue, stimulate mental alertness and raise energy levels. It’s also been known to reduce stress hormone levels and act as a nerve sedative which helps with relieving headaches. Black tea also contains antioxidants which may help to protect your body from the ravages of aging and environmental effects. It’s also known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. There are alternative uses that also have a medicinal purpose as it can be topically applied to cuts, bruises, and burns, and is well known for its sunburn relief.
We’re sure you’ve already been told about the great health benefits of green tea by someone in your life. When people implement green tea in their daily lifestyle, they can feel a change - which makes them want to share this news with everyone and leads to you rolling your eyes into infinity. Green tea is a bit of an acquired taste - but it truly does get acquired. If you drink it every day, after a week the flavor will be so mild you won’t even notice it. Every year scientists find more and more health benefits in green tea, so don’t let minor things stop you from giving it a try. It has very potent antimicrobial actions and has been proven to lower cholesterol as well as inhibit the increase of blood pressure. When it comes to dental hygiene it also prevents the formation of plaque on teeth and cavities. Green tea has also been found to help inhibit cancer growth.
White tea is made of the least oxidized leaves of all the other tea types. That detail helps keep more of the medicinal elements in the tea intact. Along with similar benefits of green tea - anti-microbial, lowers cholesterol, and inhibits increase of blood pressure - white tea will also help you keep your skin acne-free. White tea is widely used in beauty and cosmetic products, with the promise that its high antioxidant content will keep your skin looking young. Along with that, this tea also helps create a calmer but more alert state of mind, which means it can help you relax and concentrate more fully on tasks. Fun fact: Buddhist monks drank white tea to keep them from falling asleep during meditation.
Chamomile is a flowering plant in the daisy family and is 100% caffeine-free. Traditionally people used it to help with sleep and relaxation, so a cup before going to bed should help you slip into dreamland easily - and work on hitting your sleep goal in the Leaf app. The essential oil in chamomile is bisabolol which has a number of anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Due to that, it can help alleviate a number of common ailments such as:
- Insomnia and other sleep disorders
- Stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu and ulcers
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Muscle twitches
And much more.
Echinacea is rumored to improve symptoms of cold, flu and sinuses as well as bring immune-boosting benefits to your body. In translation, this tea is absolutely perfect for the upcoming weather. It will keep you from succumbing to those colds and flus that’ll be wreaking havoc. It reduces pain and inflammation which helps prevent the common cold. The best part, however, is that this tea doesn’t taste medicinal at all. It’s not a flavor that might take some time to get used to as it has almost fruity floral notes. Give it a try and see for yourself!
Ginger - lemon
Ginger is among those teas that everyone has heard the benefits of already. It serves a perfect dose of vitamin C and will kick-start your circulation. Not only that but it increases energy and helps digest our food, along with controlling problems like nausea. It has anti-inflammatory properties which also makes it helpful to arthritic patients.
What makes ginger tea even more awesome, is when you mix it with lemon. Ginger has an active ingredient called zingiber, and lemon contains the immune-boosting compounds pectin and limonene. This makes for one epic due that serves as a weapon against bacterial infections.
Most might recognize mint as an aid in digestion, relieving feelings of nausea, and even reducing flatulence, but there are also a few benefits you might not know about. Peppermint teas can help alleviate headaches associated with menstrual cramps! So if you tend to experience those, try giving this tea a chance when that time of the month comes. It can also help with breathing troubles such as asthma, as the smell of mint opens up blocked breathing passages. One of the best parts is, if you drink it in the morning it will give you a boost of energy even though it’s completely caffeine-free! So if you’re looking to replace coffee, but nothing seems to wake you up, try drinking a nice cup of mint tea!
Maybe you’ve heard of this, or maybe you’re just staring at the screen puzzled thinking that you’ve probably stopped on these a hundred times already. Well, surprise surprise, you can make tea from the plant’s leaves and flowers. It contains a significant amount of vitamins and minerals good for your body. One of the main benefits it brings is improving your digestive system and liver functions but it also prevents fluid retention which means it provides a soothing pleasure to the pain and swelling caused by arthritis.
Is your favorite tea on this list? Do you have any extras you drink it with? Make sure to let us know below.