While there’s no doubt that everyone’s favorite Earl Grey can do wonders for jumpstarting one’s morning (not to mention the lovely ritual of tea itself is a balm for weary nerves) there is just no denying that teas are good for our overall wellness. Here are a few teas that can boost your brain, heart and (perhaps most importantly) immune system.
Tea has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Most sources give China the original credit, with the first recorded case of it written down in the third century in a Chinese medical journal. Around the sixteenth century, priests from Portugal were introduced to the hot beverage and it quickly spread through Europe. It was in England that it made its greatest impression. To this day, England is known for producing some of the finest tea in the world.
Five Teas and Their Health Benefits Today
- Oolong Tea: Concocted from the buds, stems and leaves of the Camellia plant, this tea is fermented (unlike other teas that are not fermented.) This particular tea is used to prevent tooth decay, cancer, heart disease and helps in strengthening bones. It does contain caffeine, but not as much as coffee, so there is less crash. This is a great tea for one who wants longer stretches of mental alertness.
- Green Tea: This tea is also made from the Camellia plant, but it is processed differently than the Oolong tea. It is best known for lowering heart diseases. Many reports also link it to keeping cancer and glaucoma at bay. This, too, has caffeine.
- Black Tea: Unlike Oolong, this tea is oxidized longer. The longer oxidation gives it a stronger flavor as well as more caffeine. This is an excellent choice for people who don’t want to drink coffee but still want the benefits of taste and mental alertness. It is often prescribed by naturopaths for people suffering from the side affects of cardiovascular issues. It is loaded with antioxidants and is a great choice for those wanting to keep cancer and strokes at bay.
- Peppermint Tea: This is a great choice for those who don’t want caffeine but want a soothing, warm beverage to get started in the morning or retire in the evening. The peppermint is excellent at reducing symptoms caused from vomiting. It’s great for digestion, poor breath, inflammation and even Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- Barberry Tea: Research shows that the compound of this tea contains natural fat melting chemicals. It boosts energy, helpful for those starting exercise routines in 2016. Many naturopaths use it to treat gallbladder issues, reduce kidney stones, and support the urinary track where excess bleeding is an issue.
If you’re serious about your health, take the time to do your research. A good health food store is a wonderful start. Or speak to a Naturopath or Chinese herbalist who can guide you toward specific varieties for your goals. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking prescribed medication, some herbs may present risks with drug interactions.
by Andrea Frazer for SimpleRx
Andrea Frazer is a writer, wife, mom to two Tweens and a rescue dog. Check back for more of her posts and tips on healthy living, healthcare awareness as well as the latest news and ways to benefit from SimpleRx Prescription Discount Program.