Are you a morning tea person or a evening chae lover!!
But a tea lover for sure!!!
Lets learn some facts about this beverage!!!
Believe it or not, all tea comes from the same exact plant
I always like to start with the fact that, be it white tea, green tea, black tea, or oolong, it all comes from the Camellia sinensis plant.There are two main kinds: the Camellia sinensis sinensis and Camellia sinensis assamica. The Camellia sinensis assamica grows more in India and Sri Lanka, as well as Kenya. The Sinensis sinensis varietal is the kind that you find throughout China, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan.
Also known as the tea plant (of course), Camellia sinensis is a small evergreen shrub or tree. Its leaves and leaf buds are the parts that eventually wind up in your cup.
Even though they originate from the same plant, anybody who’s tasted them knows that green tea, white tea, oolong, and black tea each have their own very distinct characteristics. That’s where oxidation comes in. After the harvester plucks off the leaves or buds, they process the clippings into the dried, steepable little packages we know and love. The amount of oxygen it’s exposed to during this process is what helps to determine the tea’s eventual classification.
All tea does contain antioxidants, but white, green, and black teas have different amounts.Green tea and white tea are highest in things like epigallocatechin or ECGC, which is a really potent antioxidant that you see in extracts and supplements.
ECGC is a catechin, a type of phenolic compound that’s markedly high in antioxidant activity and therefore associated with a whole host of human health benefits, including improved cardiovascular and immune system functioning. Oolong and black tea are more heavily processed than their lighter siblings, so they’re considered to have slightly lower antioxidant levels, namely less ECGC, by the time they land in our cupboards.
Types of tea
1) GREEN TEA
Green tea was used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to control bleeding and heal wounds, aid digestion, improve heart and mental health, and regulate body temperature.
Recent studies have shown green tea can potentially have positive effects on everything from weight loss to liver disorders, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
2) BLACK TEA
Black tea is used for improving mental alertness as well as learning, memory, and information processing skills. It is also used for conditions such as headache, both low and high blood pressure, preventing Parkinson disease, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In foods, black tea is consumed as a hot or cold beverage.
How does it work?
Black tea contains 2% to 4% caffeine, which affects thinking and alertness, increases urine output, and may reduce the symptoms of Parkinson disease. It also contains antioxidants and other substances that might help protect the heart and blood vessels.
3) LEMON BALM TEA :
Lemon balm is a healthy herb that’s taken from the mint family. The leaves are used to make medicine and cure digestive problems, stomach upset, menstrual cramps, toothache and headache, mental disorders, and melancholia etc.
Lemon balm leaves have a calming effect such that they are advised for people suffering from insomnia, anxiety, restlessness and also use to treat Alzheimer disease. It is also used to treat high blood pressure, tumours and insect bites. In certain cases, lemon balm is applied onto skin in order to treat herpes and other skin diseases.
4) PEPPERMINT TEA :
Helps in reducing headaches.
Reduces menstrual cramps.
Helps in digestion.
Helps in the treatment of sinus.
Fight bacterial infections on the inside.
5) CHAMOMILE TEA
In order to prepare chamomile tea, the flowers are dried and put into water. It is caffeine free and is the best substitute for black tea and green tea. The antioxidants in it play a vital role in lowering the risks of heart diseases and cancer. It helps people having a lack of sleep and is a good digestion medicine.
6) GINGER TEA:
Ginger tea is most heard after green tea. This healthy drink is a spicy flavoured drink that has disease-fighting antioxidants. Ginger tea also fights inflammation and strengthens your immune system. More importantly, it is the best remedy for people suffering from nausea. Especially pregnant women suffering from nausea, ginger tea is the best remedy. It also fights stomach ulcers and the best cure for indigestion and constipation.
7) Hibiscus Tea:
There are numerous benefits of drinking hibiscus tea. One major benefit is that it is used to treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol, indigestion, liver diseases as well as cancer. It can also cause weight loss and is rich in Vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants that help in treating hypertension and anxiety. This tea can be drunk neither hot or cold. In short, hibiscus tea helps in lowering high blood pressure and fights stress.
8) Rose Hip Tea:
Rose hip tea is made using fruit from the rose plant. It is high in Vitamin C and cures inflammation. Rosehip contains the seeds that are dried and later used to make medicines. Rose hip tea prevents flu and vitamin C deficiencies. It is also used to treat stomach related problems like acidity, ulcers and irritation. On the larger hand, it is used to treat diarrhoea, constipation, gallstones, kidney disorders, high cholesterol, weight loss and treating gout. In some cases rose hip tea is used for stretch marks.
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