Different types of tea are packed full of amazing health benefits to help sooth the body and enhance vitality. Below are my favourite types of tea to drink and their health benefits.
Peppermint Tea: is primarily used to assist in digestion and has an awakening and refreshing taste. It can help relieve irritable bowl syndrome, nausea, bloating, stomach aches, diarrhea and constipation. It does this through its antispasmodic properties and by assisting gas movement throughout the body. This prevents the gas becoming stagnant in the stomach which can cause cramps and bloating. Moreover, the strong methanol flavour and antibacterial properties can combat bad breath, leaving it fresh and clean.
Green Tea: is a healthy substitute to coffee. It has a stimulant effect without the ‘jittery’ feeling of coffee. Caffeine can naturally increase brain function, including increases in reaction time and memory. Green tea has also been linked to increase metabolism, with one study showing an increased energy expenditure of 4%. It can also mobilize increased fatty acids for energy, which have a larger energy content (37kj per 1 molecule) when compared to carbohydrates (17kj per molecule). Additionally, the catechins in green tea can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses.
Chamomile Tea: is commonly taken in the evening to relax before bed. Beautiful with a dash of honey, its calming effect on the nervous system can assist in unwinding after a long day. It has antibacterial properties to help prevent and treat colds as you sleep. Chamomile is also wonderful for soothing an upset stomach by relaxing the muscles of the small intestine.
Chai Tea: has a spiced flavour with notes of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves. It is made from some of best medicinal herbs, perfect for adding into a healthy lifestyle. It is full of antioxidants that help fight free radicals which are unpaired atoms that damage body cells and tissues through oxidation. As such, it is believed to prevents against some cardiovascular diseases and cancers. Traditionally, chai tea is taken after meals to aid in digestion. Black pepper is a digestive agent that helps the pancreas excrete enzymes to break down foods efficiently. Do be aware that chai tea contains caffeine due to its base of black tea, so pay caution to drinking this in the late afternoon. However, it is a great healthy alternative to coffee as it is a stimulant, but provides long-lasting energy due to cinnamon’s blood sugar regulatory effects.
Licorice Tea: tastes earthy, intriguing and sweet.It can be an acquire taste and intense for some but i personally find it very soothing and relaxing. Licorice root is used as an expectorant, useful in reducing phlegm and upper respiratory cold symptoms, such as a sore throat. Additionally, it contains anti inflammatory properties assisting in relieving aches and pains, perfect for a post workout drink. These properties also help the liver neutralize toxins, aiding in healthy digestion.
Drinking tea can be a daily habit to relive stress, relax and reflect on the day whilst also improving general well-being and health. Even better if you have a beautiful mug and coaster, such as my one below. The quote inspires me to always believe in myself in all that i aspire to do. Self belief is a larger factor to success and happiness. I actually picked up this coaster at the St. Kilda market in Melbourne. The designer (firstname.lastname@example.org) hand-made and painted the design. Let her know that i sent you if you send her an email :).