Facts About Tea You Need To Know

Besides coffee in the morning, drinking tea is a great way to start your day. But tea is not just a drink to warm you up in these cold winter days. It is not just a healthier substitute for coffee either. Tea is the best thing to help you when you’re feeling stressed, when you’re fighting a cold, it is even an excellent addition to a diet plan.

Did you know that tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water? According to Tea USA Inc., “It can be found in almost 80% of all US households. It’s the only beverage in the world that’s served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion. On any given day, over 158 million Americans are drinking tea.”

Tea even played a big part in the establishment of the United States of America. It is the reason for what we call the Boston Tea Party, the act that lead to the Revolutionary War.

Every herb that can be made into tea is good for you. Some teas are good for sore throat (well, most teas are good for that), some help with stomach problems, others with anxiety. There’s basically a herb for everything. However, we have selected only a few kinds of tea that are proven to help almost instantly for the most common problems that all of us have during these cold winter days.

 

Peppermint tea

Fighting a nasty cough? A few cups of hot peppermint tea will help. While it’s excellent for fighting off a cold, this tea is actually best for upset tummy and nausea. If you get carsick or seasick while travelling, it’s good to have some peppermint tea with you. The menthol in peppermint tea is well known to help with anxiety and stress as well. So whenever you’re feeling stressed or anxious, this is the tea to go for. It is really good for those days in your period when you’re feeling a bit bloated too.

 

How to make it:

1 teabag of peppermint tea or 1 teaspoon of dried loose-leaf tea

8 ounces of hot water

Honey

Sugar

Milk

Place the tea into a cup and pour hot water (but not boiling water) over it. Cover the mug and let the tea steep for 5-10 minutes and remove the teabag/tea leaves. Add sugar, honey or milk to taste.

 

Chamomile tea

The chamomile herb has been used for ages to treat all sorts of medical conditions. This excellent herbal tea is known as night tea, because it helps you relax. It’s also known for the strong, fragrant aroma of its flowers during early summer. Chamomile is best at keeping your skin look gorgeous and healthy. It protects the skin from free radicals and it helps to reduce the look of swollen or even tired eyes! Just put lukewarm teabags over your eyes for 15-20 minutes and you should see a big difference.

Did you know that the chamomile flower is actually the national flower of Russia? Or that the Buckingham Palace has chamomile instead of grass on its lawns?

 

How to make it:

1 chamomile teabag or 1 teaspoon of loose-leaf chamomile tea

8 ounces of hot water

Honey

Lemon

Mint

Place the tea in a cup and slowly add the water. Chamomile is best when it’s made with hot, but not boiling water. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Add honey, mint or lemon to taste.

 

Green tea

The benefits of green tea are well known – it is great for body detox and weight loss, as it is a powerful antioxidant. What it’s perhaps less known for though, is its use in anti-acne treatments and the fact that it helps in regulating the heart and blood functions, thus reducing the cholesterol levels. A cup a day can protect you from a bunch of diseases, plus it can help you lose a few pounds. It can even reduce post-workout muscle damage!

 

How to make it:

1 teabag or 1 tablespoon of green tea leaves

8 ounces of hot water (not boiled)

Honey

Lemon

Place the green tea leaves in a tea strainer or a sieve over the cup and pour the hot water into the cup. Let the leaves steep for 2-3 minutes. Any longer and the tea will become a bit bitter. Add honey and lemon to taste.

 

White tea

White tea comes from the same plant as green tea. However, it seems that white tea is far more beneficial to our health than green tea. This is mainly because white tea is less processed than green tea, which means that it keeps more of its nutrients. Like green tea, it is rich in antioxidants, but is far better for you. It can boost the immune system more than any other tea, and helps in fighting off viruses, bacteria and fungi, even tooth decay. It has even proven to be more effective in weight loss than the green tea. White tea can actually stop the creation of new fat cells and help in breaking down of the fat in existing cells!

 

How to make it:

2 teabags or 2 tablespoons of loose-leaf white tea

8 ounces of hot water

In a pot or a cup of hot water, add the tea and let it steep for about 5 minutes. For a stronger flavour, let it steep a few more minutes. You could enjoy it as is, or add honey, sugar, or milk to taste.

 

Turmeric tea

Turmeric is a spicy root that’s good for a bunch of things and it’s available in almost every food store. The tea contains vitamins which help in maintaining a strong immune system. More importantly, the turmeric is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects if consumed regularly. But the really great thing about the turmeric tea is that it helps in weight control. This tea is excellent for body detox too!

 

How to make it:

4 cups of boiled water

1 teaspoon of ground turmeric

Honey

Cinnamon

Lemon

Add the turmeric to the boiled water and simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup. Add honey, cinnamon and/or lemon to taste.

The daily tea rituals are the most relaxing moments of a tea lover’s day. Perhaps winter is the best time to try having them yourself. Enjoy the perfect cup of delicious tea in good company, or curled up in a warm blanket with a good book.