Most people know I love tea, in fact I would go as far to say I F’ing love it. Its warm, delicious and gives me a fuzzy feeling inside and if its raining? Oh my god its even better! But besides the taste and the adorable tea cup instagram shots, did you know that tea has quite a few health benefits too? You probably did, but just in case you didn’t here are some yummy tea facts that you can muse over.
Want to look a tiny bit younger? A study has shown that because of the high polyphenol count in white tea, extracts inhibit wrinkle production by strengthening elastin and collagen – in other words fine lines and wrinkles! It also can keep your joints younger so if your looking for a natural solution to feeling old and weathered, add a cup of white tea to your day. Drink up!
If your a big tea drinker and want help with your weight, green tea burns fat and boosts your metabolism naturally. Green tea contains an antioxidant known as polyphenols which fight against free radicals which also means it helps you fight against aging and promotes longevity. If you are not too keen on the taste, its absolutely amazing with some fresh ginger grated in it which is also helps with nausea. (Aka the dizziness you feel when your spinning in class #winkwink)
Dude you are stressing me out!! ‘Have some tea already!’
Yes this is a common conversation in our house and its pretty well know that this special tea is calming and sedative but it can also be helpful for insomnia. I’m not saying in all stressful situations this will eliminate the enemy but it will drone them out for a while. Sit back, relax and tune out.
An easy tea to make at home with fresh herbs from the garden, it can be used to relieve the symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating which is great for those times when you feel a little fatter than you should. Being one of the easiest herbs to grow, its other benefits include relieving muscle spasms and helps to concentrate. Get going to your local nursery and buy some peppermint for your garden!
Any tea that is high in vitamin C is good enough for me! Its largely grown in South Africa and has been touted for its antioxidant properties which may help ward off disease and help with anti ageing. It can also help with common skin problems such as eczema.
There have been studies that have found that black tea helped in reducing levels of the stress hormones in its participants and can also help lower blood pressure. Now I am not a doctor but if I am feeling a bit on the stressed side I do indulge in a big cup of black tea and it does make me feel great afterwards. Easy to drink with lemon or honey or with a dash of milk. Black tea is one of my favourites after a big class.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TEAS
Higher Living are not only found in some supermarkets but they are quite affordable and have a high range. I tried their ‘Evening’ blend with lemon balm, lavender and chamomile and its a great tea to wind down with. You get 15 individual servings in a box and it is natural caffeine free.
T2 is one of the more expensive brands but having said that, they do deliver. Packaging plays a big part in their marketing and they now sell Penguin Classic Novels on their website so you can purchase a brew and a book too! You can however, buy smaller less prettier boxes but the tea is still lovely. I tried their ‘Breakfast in Bed’ blend that also came with a tiny recipe book for yummy cakes and scones.
Madame Flavour is another brand that is found on the shelf and if you are a Chai lover they have a ‘Sultry Chai’ which is so beautiful you will be disappointed when your cup winds up empty. On buying her first box, I found a printed note that said she wants to hear from you and to write her a letter and she would reply. I never got around to trying this but its very clever and personal.
So drink up everyone. The foundation of youth is in the bottom of your cup! Cheers!!