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Here’s the Tea on the Benefits of Tea

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

By Jordan Schmitt, Head of PR

Illustration and photos by Jordan Schmitt

One of the most soothing beverages — whether you’re sick or just curling up with a book — is a hot cup of tea. The flavorful, herbal drink is known for its calming effects, but also has a wide range of health benefits.


There are many types of tea with their own unique flavor profiles. Whether you’re looking for a jolt of caffeine, or need help winding down from a busy day, there is certainly a type of tea for you. Incorporating tea into your lifestyle can promote overall wellness.


White Tea

  1. Delicate flavor

  2. Rich in antioxidants

  3. High source of fluoride, catechins, and tannins

  4. Very low amount of caffeine

Herbal Tea

  1. Consist of a combination of herbs, spices and fruits that cause for many different flavors

  2. Made with the roots, leaves and flowers of different herbal plants

  3. Most variations contain no caffeine

Different variations of herbal tea have their own benefits. Consulting the right herbal tea can help minimize symptoms.


Chamomile

  1. Reduces menstrual pain

  2. Helps with muscle spasms

  3. Improves sleep

  4. Reduces stress


Rooibos

  1. Improves blood pressure and circulation

  2. Boosts good cholesterol

  3. Keeps hair and skin healthy

  4. Allergy relief


Peppermint

  1. Soothes upset stomach

  2. Helps motion sickness

  3. Pain relief for tension, migraines and headaches


Ginger

  1. Fights morning sickness

  2. Can be used as a treatment for chronic indigestion

  3. Helps joint pain


Hibiscus

  1. Lowers blood pressure and fat levels

  2. Good for liver health

The next three types of tea share a common plant, Camellia sinensis, but are made with different methods.


Green Tea

The practice of drinking green tea originated in China and remains extremely popular in Asia today. To produce green tea, leaves are steamed, pan fried and dried. There are a multitude of benefits to drinking green tea. According to Healthline, it may even be one of the healthiest drinks on the planet.

  1. Good for heart health

  2. Lowers blood pressure

  3. Anti-inflammatory: helps to maintain healthy skin

  4. Protection against certain cancers

  5. Boosts brain function and protects from aging effects

These are just a few of the endless health impacts of green tea. It has been enjoyed over centuries while keeping people healthy.


Oolong Tea

This traditional Chinese type of tea is oxidized at a median amount between green and black tea. The partial oxidation gives it a unique color and taste that is highly enjoyed.

  1. Contains I-theanine, which is an amino acid that can improve anxiety and alertness

  2. Has polyphenols that lower inflammation

Black Tea

Drying and fermenting the leaves of Camellia sinensis results in a bold, black tea rich in color and flavor.


If you experience midday tiredness, black tea is a great alternative to coffee because it contains caffeine, while also supporting the immune system.


If any of these teas have relevant benefits to your life, start the kettle! Enjoy with some honey and sugar or drink alone to taste the rich flavors that are present in each cup.

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