The top five teas you should be drinking this spring.
Tea. It’s been around for centuries. It’s been used for medicinal purposes, beauty products and has even become a euphemism for gossip, but what is all the rage?
Tea has been essential to so many cultures around the world. There have been proven health benefits between the properties of tea and their effect on our immune systems, mood and health that have been around for centuries.
“When we sip tea, we are on our way to serenity,” says lifestyle philosopher, Alexandra Stoddard.
Research has shown that green tea is one of the healthiest drinks going around.
Green tea is made with unoxidized tea leaves which contain flavonoids – a group of plant-based chemicals that have been shown to reduce coronary inflammation.
Here are some of the major health benefits associated with daily consumption of green tea:
- Contains healthy bioactive compounds – The nutrients found in green tea have been linked to treating various disease including some cancers, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and may help prevent type two diabetes.
- Boosts metabolic rate which increases fat burn.
- May improve brain function – Green tea contains caffeine which is a stimulant that increases brain activity including mood, memory, vigilance and reaction time.
In a season where immunity is still compromised, the antiviral properties of green tea are a natural way to help fight off colds this spring.
With its minty properties, peppermint tea has been used for its taste and medicinal properties for hundreds of years.
Some reasons to incorporate peppermint tea this spring are:
- Can reduce headaches – A 2016 study into peppermint oil found that there was a link between the cooling nature of the substance and the easing of migraines.
- Breathing in the vapours of hot, peppermint tea can reduce nasal congestion. This is particularly useful in combatting winter colds.
- Peppermint tea can aid in digestion relief for those suffering with upset bowels.
- Peppermint capsules may help fight bacterial infections while tea several types of mouth bacteria.
This flowery tea has a relaxing essence that soothes the senses. Chilly nights can be warmed with this fragrant tea that the whole family will enjoy.
People incorporate this tea into their diet for a variety of health benefits as seen below:
- Proven to help irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and can be a fantastic preventative measure for harmful bacteria.
- Can help with sleeping as it relaxes the nerves, according to Dietician Anshul Jaibharat.
- In a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Chemistry, it found that chamomile can help reduce muscle spasms and period pain by decreasing the production of prostaglandins.
Despite its infamous, polarising reputation, ginger tea is one of the best teas to help with unsettled stomachs. Its light spice soothes and relaxes stomachs.
- Can reduce nausea and morning sickness in expectant mothers through acceleration of the gastric processes.
- Ginger tea can help alleviate issues surrounding the heart all the way from relieving heartburn to helping to protect against heart disease.
- May help to alleviate pain from inflammation and sore muscles.
The refreshing scent of lavender perfectly transitions to the calming brew of lavender tea. Here are the main reasons lavender tea is a winner:
- May help boost sleep – enjoying a cup before bed can help you to unwind.
- Can help improve skin health.