I was between posting about honey AND herbal teas. I mean, they both go hand in hand. But, I feel like there is so much goodness to talk about with just the teas themselves. Plus, I’m prepping for an upcoming cleanse so drinking tea helps start the detox process. More details to come on that, though!
My mom used to brew HUGE batches of sugared iced tea for my dad. The amount of sugar was outrageous. I really don’t know how it still could have tasted like tea. I used to take sips from his glass and initially, it was sugary sweet but then the tea added this bitter taste. *scrunch face* I decided I hated tea at about 8 years old.
I don’t think I tried any other kind of tea (besides that black Lipton tea my mom brewed) until AFTER college. I remember having my first cup of green tea with honey, and a little light bulb went off. I decided to try all kinds of tea at that point with different sweeteners to see which really fit me. I had read all of the benefits of green and white teas and began buying from the bulk section at my local grocers to find my favorites. It was a great way to try them out without breaking my budget. Then, I found that some teas didn’t even contain tea leaves! Other herbs could be added into the sachet to create meaningful mixes that could be used to soothe common ailments.
A personal favorite: Honeybush Vanilla. Seriously, go order this from their website, http://alwayssummerherbs.com/
Why You Should Own This Shtuff:
Green tea benefits: **taken from Life Hack “Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia this beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer.
Here’s a list of some of its amazing benefits — benefits that you may not have been aware of. Some of these benefits are still being debated, so please do your own research if you want to use green tea for medicinal purposes.
- Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
- Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
- Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
- Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
- Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
- Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions
- Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
- Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
- Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.
- Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.”
Green tea is processed differently than black tea. They both come from the same plant, but green tea is harvested, withered, and then heated through steaming (Japanese style) or pan-firing (Chinese style). This process halts oxidation so the leaves keep their color and have a lighter flavor. Black tea, on the other hand, is harvested and withered and then crushed, torn, curled, or rolled and allowed to oxidize before being dried. With this method, the leaves darken and develop a stronger flavor and smell.
I am still learning to like black tea….
White tea benefits: White tea contains most and many of the above-listed benefits, but with white tea (which, you guessed it, is the same plant), it is uncured and unfermented. It goes through the LEAST amount of processing so it contains a higher amount of the awesome antioxidants that we drink tea for! Also because of the lower amount of processing, it keeps its color and a very light flavor.
Herbal tea benefits: My personal fave: **taken from Tea Talk
- Herbal teas (which are also called ’tisanes’) are simple, effective, inexpensive, caffeine- and drug-free ways to enjoy the taste and benefits of herbs and spices.
- By drinking herbal tea, you’re also providing your body with some much-needed hydration!
- And, your senses will be pleasantly stimulated by herbal tea… the warmth of the cup in your hands… the visual pleasure in the vibrantly or delicately colored beverage… the aromatherapy of the delicious fragrance… and, finally, the calming deliciousness of that first taste!
Common herbal bagged teas are chamomile, peppermint, cinnamon, dandelion, and ginger and each have their own medicinal properties and uses.
Peppermint is widely known for its soothing effects on belly and mind.
***Tea sachets can also be used to “flavor” scrubs. Steep the bag and add the tea to your favorite scrub or place it right in the bath! I’ve also cut open bags to add the benefits to tea leaves to my scrubs.
The scrubs on the right and left contain tea bags.
Play around with different flavors and also with the amount of time in which you steep your tea. Buy loose leaf or bagged. Mix and match. There is definitely a tea out there that is perfectly YOU. So, get brewing and do ‘yo body some good today. Happy Tea Hunting!