Do you drink tea? There are many ways to consume the world’s most popular (after water, of course) beverage. And beyond drinking tea when you wake up or enjoying it with toast for breakfast, there are tea varieties that have been associated with wellness and medicinal benefits for generations.
Some of the most popular medicinal teas include:
- Green Tea
- Chaga Tea
- Black Tea
- Pu-Erh Tea
- White Tea
- Chamomile Tea
- Hibiscus Tea
- Rooibos Tea
Read on to learn a bit about each of these teas:
Green tea is often mentioned in health and wellness circles, as it is a great addition to your wellness regimen. It is lower in caffeine than many tea varieties and with its high antioxidant count, is sometimes associated with Cancer prevention, facilitating digestion, healthy metabolism, good heart health, and more.
Chaga doesn’t come from the Camellia Sinesis plant like most teas. It is a mushroom that grows on birch trees in cold climates, like Siberia. Chaga tea comes from brewing Chaga mushrooms into a fine powder. Chaga is also used topically in creams and oils. Chaga is known for having a high antioxidant value and potential health benefits related to the immune system. It is commonly used as a home remedy for cold and flu symptoms and a number of other conditions. It’s continually being looked at for many health benefits.
Black tea has a place in nearly every home’s pantry and is common in many countries around the world. Whether you like a strong cup of black tea with lemon, honey, a bit of milk, or sugar, you’re doing your body a favor by regularly drinking it. There are significant health benefits for your lungs, blood flow, cholesterol levels, and more. Black tea is also available in many varieties, so you can benefit from a vast array of flavors.
Pu-Erh tea is getting a good dose of attention from TV talk shows and celebrity endorsements because of its potential weight loss benefits. But this fermented tea isn’t just good for those wanting to slim down; it’s good for cholesterol and also has some significant antimicrobial properties.
White tea is known for a low caffeine rate and a light and silky taste. It’s can help you fight strep and staph infections, counteract tooth decay, and has some anti-aging properties as well.
Many who want help relaxing after a tough day look to a cup of chamomile tea. The tea comes from distillation of chamomile plants and its consumption is known for anti-stress results and has been studied as a treatment for Cancer.
Hibiscus infusions are consumed in a number of cultures. The flowery beverage, consumed either hot or cold, is renowned for improving blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.
Oolong tea, also referred to as wulong tea, is revered for potential help with weight loss. This tea is part of the camellia sinesis plant, and the partially fermented tea has a woodsy flavor. Beyond weight loss benefits many consume it for beauty reasons, as it’s said to be good for the skin.
Rooibos tea, often referred to as red tea, is known to help with digestion. This fermented tea is strong flavored, good for an energy boost, and offers a great deal of nutrients. Rooibos tea is known to help improve the health of one’s cardiovascular system, liver, and teeth.
The above list of medicinal tea benefits is not exhaustive. A bit of research can help you see why it’s advantageous to drink tea more often. Of course it’s not intended to replace a visit to a doctor, but if you talk to your doctor about upping your tea consumption there’s a good chance he or she will agree with you.
There are some delicious and beneficial tea varieties listed here. Why not experiment and try some? Consider adding an afternoon tea to your regimen or replacing one cup of coffee with one of these great teas.
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