People across the world have been drinking tea for thousands of centuries and with good reason. Many studies have shown that teas have the power to boost your immune system, fight off inflammation, and even prevent cancer and heart disease. While some teas provide more health benefits than others, overall evidence shows that regularly drinking tea can have a lasting impact on your wellness.
Herbal teas are known for their calming properties and contain a blend of herbs, spices, fruits or other plants in addition to tea leaves. Some of the most popular herbal teas include:
- Chamomile tea – Helps to reduce menstrual pain and muscle spasms, improves sleep and relaxation, and reduces stress.
- Peppermint – Contains menthol, which can soothe an upset stomach and serve as a cure for constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and motion sickness. This tea variety also offers pain relief from tension headaches and migraines.
- Ginger – Helps to fight against morning sickness, can be used to treat chronic indigestion and helps to relieve joint pain caused by osteoarthritis.
- Hibiscus – Lowers blood pressure and fat levels, improves overall liver health, can starve off cravings for unhealthy sweets, and may prevent the formation of kidney stones.
Green tea originates from China, where the leaves are processed with heat using a pan-firing or roasting method and Japan, where the leaves are more commonly steamed. Green tea can help boost your heart health by lowering bad cholesterol and reducing blood clotting. It is also anti-inflammatory, which helps keep your skin clear and glowing.
In recent years, matcha – a form of green tea – has grown in popularity. As a very fine, high-quality green tea powder made from the entire leaves of tea bushes grown in the shade, matcha contains even more antioxidants than regular green tea. Researchers suggest that one cup of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of regular green tea.
Black tea is made from the same plant that’s used to make green tea. However, the leaves are dried and fermented which gives black tea a darker color and richer flavor. While black tea helps combat inflammation and support healthy immune function, unlike many other teas, it is also caffeinated. If you’re not a caffeine drinker, the good news is you don’t have to drink black tea to benefit from its healthy properties. It can also be steamed, cooled and then pressed on minor cuts, scrapes and bruises to relieve pain and reduce swelling. A black tea bath can also ease inflammation caused by skin rashes and conditions such as poison ivy.
Now that you know more about the health benefits of herbal teas, are you ready to make your own blend? With Keys’ Teas you can create your own blend tailored to meet your body’s needs. Our teas are crafted with great care and attention to detail, using only the finest organic and natural components. So, rest assured every sip of your personalized tea is a step towards wellness.
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