When did summer leave? It feels as if the leaves began to change mid August. Wait… they did. Summer decided to end early this year… and though I would normally be totally bummed at this thought, I am searching for the positive in this situation (other than the fact that I have a beautiful 2 month old baby)
I love tea. I love black tea, green tea, white tea- tea’s that aren’t really tea’s but fun and healthy herbs that are dried and covered in boiled water to extract their tasty healthiness.
In this blog post we will explore tea. All types of tea- even some of my favourite herbal healthy ones.
Did you know black tea, green tea and white tea are all from the same tea leaf?? They all just have different levels of oxidization. Therefore slightly different health benefits and obviously different tastes;
Black tea (my personal favourite) contains a great amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants may enter the body through diet (including our lovely black tea) and destroy damaging free radicals, helping to protect our cells from DNA damage. Black tea can also contribute to a healthy heart, oral health and even reduce stress by means of the amino acid L-theanine. Black tea can also, as we all know, increase energy. You can drink black tea, black- or enjoy with milk and sugar
Green tea, depending on where it’s from, can have a slightly bitter taste. It’s great for clearing skin, whether applied topically or ingested internally, it contains a great amount of anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that assist with inflammation, which is also good news for inflammatory illness that is also occurring inside the body.
White tea has a beautiful mild taste, slightly less bitter than its older sister green tea. White tea has an abundance of antioxidants as well, assisting the body’s ability to detox, prevent cancer and protect the heart.
Raspberry Leaf is one of my favourite herbal teas- I drank 2 cups everyday during my pregnancy. It’s great for toning and strengthening the uterus. Its also been known to assist with heavy menstrual bleeding and because its high in iron and magnesium it can assist with painful period cramps and even hot flashes.
Peppermint leaves are wonderful after a heavy meal. Not only do they have a refreshing mint flavor they also aid in digestion, indigestion, IBS and nausea (another pregnancy bonus) TIP: if you are drinking a herbal tea that you know is good for your health, but you aren’t keen on the taste; pop a peppermint bag in your cup along with the herbal tea and you will drift away in peppermint-y goodness while still getting the benefits of the herbal tea you started with!
Nettle tea, in my opinion, is one of the healthiest herbal teas that you can buy. One summer I had terrible poison ivy and nothing was working to aid in healing it- desperate, I visited a herbalist and he instructed me to drink nettle tea. To my surprise, it cleared my posion ivy- later on, I found out it was a wonderful blood purifier. Along with blood purification it’s also good for malabsoprtion problems, arthritis, rheumatism, hay fever, kidney problems and anemia.
Catnip, not just good for doping up kitties! Yes, catnip will knock you out. The first time I drank catnip I thought someone slipped a sleeping drug into my cup. I slept great that night. Naturally, it helps with sleep and stress but it’s also wonderful for colds and flu.
So, now I would advise you to curl up with a great book or magazine (or read through my blog entries) and enjoy one of these great herbal or caffeine teas.