Sip On This — 10 Teas + Their Benefits
Tea has been consumed for centuries by millions of people as a natural remedy to common ailments. With so many different varieties of teas, it can be hard to figure out which one is the best for you! We’re sharing ten teas + their benefits to help you decide what to sip on next great drink of choice —
1] Spearmint — Spearmint tea can be used to alleviate nausea, indigestion, headaches, cramps, or a sore throat. Plus, two cups of Spearmint tea has been shown to be more effective than prescription treatments for acne due to its anti-inflammatory contents.
2] Oolong — Besides water, Oolong tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world. Oolong tea has been shown to lower cholesterol levels, lower the risk for heart disease ++ has been studied to lower risk for certain types of cancers // type 2 diabetes. Plus, it has just the right amount of caffeine [10 to 60mg per cup — about a quarter of a cup of coffee!] to increase cognitive functioning without giving you the jitters!
3] Chai — Over 5,000 years ago, legend has it that a king ordered a healing spice be created to be used for Ayurveda ++ chai was born. Its heat + spice can be helpful for stimulating digestion, the cardamom is a mood booster, the cinnamon helps circulation + respiratory functions, ++ overall it can help freshen your breath! You can even make your own Chai tea blend here!
4] Chamomile — Chamomile tea can help reduce cramps, as found in a 2010 study [thank you!!] It can also help lower blood sugar + treat diabetes. Although studies have not proven it, Chamomile tea is also thought to have cancer-fighting qualities. Drinking a cup of Chamomile tea before bed can help you relax + fall asleep quicker ++ shown to have modest anti-anxiety benefits!
5] Green Tea — Green tea contains lots of catechins — antioxidants that fight + even may prevent cell damage. These catechins help to improve blood flow + even prevent the formation of plaques [some of which are linked to Alzheimer’s disease]. Green tea is a great swap for sugary drinks, can help support weight loss, ++ also contains a natural chemical called theanine which can help you relax.
6] Hibiscus — This beautiful pink tea isn’t just great for Instagram aesthetics, it’s a great superfood too! Hibiscus can help speed up metabolism + is rich in Vitamin C. Some studies found it helpful in the treatment of depression, anxiety + hypertension because of its vitamin + mineral content. It’s also great for your liver + has even been found to protect against liver disease.
7] Rooibos — Rooibos tea comes from a South African bush plant which creates aunique red tea that’s rich in antioxidants that assist in detoxification. Rooibos tea also contains aspalathin + nothofagin which are two antioxidants that can boost your immune system + protect against diseases. It’s also rich in calcium + fluoride that helps to build stronger teeth + bones as well as being able to help treat eczema, acne, ++ prevent aging [goodbye wrinkles!]
8] Eucalyptus — You’re probably familiar with eucalyptus from koalas, but they’re not the only creatures who can benefit from this native Australian plant! Eucalyptus can reduce a fever + speed up the treatment of a cold, sore throat or flu because of its antibacterial properties. It can also help with other breathing problems like asthma or allergies!
9] Cinnamon — Cinnamon tea has high antioxidant content that can prevent certain cancers. It can help to improve cognitive function by increasing speed + concentration. Plus, its holiday-season taste makes it the perfect for cold winter nights — you can make cinnamon tea by using cinnamon sticks!
10] Ginger — An old Indian proverb says, “Everything good is found in ginger.” Ginger has been traditionally used as a healing medicine — ginger tea can help relieve stress, reduce menstrual cramps, + improve circulation. It can also relieve nausea + improve digestion ++ food absorption [bye bye bloating!]
Bonus Benefits of Tea
Tea has so many great benefits that are not specific to the type of tea too! Here are some tips // tricks for drinking your tea —
- Add lemon to your tea to increase its Vitamin C content!
- Don’t add your tea bag to boiling water, it can damage the catechins that make tea great for you!
- Most tea is calorie free + is a great alternative if you can’t seem to drink enough water
- Tea contains less caffeine than coffee, which means fewer effects on the nervous system — think, jitters, crash, increased heart rate
- Tea can be more inexpensive than coffee, but you can get more bang for your buck! Keep a tea bag package in your backpack or purse + fill up on hot water at a local coffee shop. Often, they’ll give you the hot water for free!