Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, and for good reasons. Drinking tea is a simple pleasure that people have enjoyed for centuries. Tea is not only enjoyable, it is packed with antioxidants and other health benefits. Tea consumption may even prevent osteoporosis, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Tea Health Benefits

Although the ritual of drinking tea in itself is a pleasure, different types of teas have their own proven, healing properties.

Here are the different types of tea and their health benefits:

Black Tea

Named after it’s dark color and bold flavor, black tea is more oxidized than other teas.

Benefits of black tea:
– aids the digestive system
– has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body
– protects your skin
– improves your metabolism

Green Tea

Green tea has a milder, earthy flavor and is lighter than black tea. Green tea is one of the least processed teas.

Health Benefits of Green Tea
– protects against cancer[1]
– maintains heart health
– increases fat burning

Oolong Tea Oolong tea leaves are dried in the sun, creating a mild tea with a pale color.  Health Benefits of Oolong Tea: -helps manage blood sugar levels and diabetes -prevents tooth decay [2]  White Tea White tea is minimally processed, which gives it a delicate flavor.   White Tea Health Benefits: -aids mental health -fights bacteria  Herbal Tea Herbal tea typically does not contain caffeine, making it an ideal bedtime tea. Herbal tea is made of dried petals, leaves, roots and stems of plants and flowers.  Health Benefits of Herbal Tea: -aids in digestion -helps relieve anxiety and stress -natural sleep aid (link to blog post about sleep) -has anti-inflammatory effects  H2 How to Choose the Right Tea  Because there are literally thousands of tea varieties, finding the right tea for you can be overwhelming. On the plus side, tea is so popular and relatively inexpensive, so you can easily try a variety of teas to find the one you like best.

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea leaves are dried in the sun, creating a mild tea with a pale color.

Health Benefits of Oolong Tea:
– helps manage blood sugar levels and diabetes
– prevents tooth decay [2]

White Tea

White tea is minimally processed, which gives it a delicate flavor.

White Tea Health Benefits
– aids mental health
– fights bacteria

Herbal Tea

Herbal tea typically does not contain caffeine, making it an ideal bedtime tea. Herbal tea is made of dried petals, leaves, roots and stems of plants and flowers.

Health Benefits of Herbal Tea:
– aids in digestion
– helps relieve anxiety and stress
natural sleep aid
– has anti-inflammatory effects

How to Choose the Right Tea

Because there are literally thousands of tea varieties, finding the right tea for you can be overwhelming. On the plus side, tea is so popular and relatively inexpensive, so you can easily try a variety of teas to find the one you like best.

how to choose the right tea

Tea blends for Common Health Symptoms:

Stress Blend

  • chamomile, a proven tranquilizer
  • lavender, naturally soothing
  • passionflower, for a good night’s sleep

Fatigue Blend

  • mint, for extra pep
  • nettles, great for allergies
  • ginseng, for vitality
  • licorice root, for all stomach ailments

Exhaustion Blend

  • chamomile, naturally tranquilizing
  • nettles, to boost the immune system
  • licorice root, immune-boosting
  • lavender, soothing and relaxing
  • ashwagandha Root, an adaptogen against stress
  • clove. A staple of allspice racks

How to Make Tea at Home

How to make the perfect pot of tea:

  • Put the kettle on and bring it to a boil
  • Grab your favorite tea bag or a diffuser with loose tea and add to a mug. Fill with the hot water
  • Cover and steep for up to 7 minutes
  • Remove the cover and teabag

Sit down, take a deep breath and enjoy your tea!