Tea can be dated back as early as 2737 BC during Emperor Shen Nong’s rule according to Chinese legend. Since then, there has been a rise in appriciation of teas, not just for their delicacy in taste but also their powerful healing benefits.
Just like coffee has different beans, teas also have their assortments. Some come as leaves, others a variety of herbs and plants. With this, black, green, matcha, white and herbal teas have different benefits associated with each.
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But what really makes tea so magical?
“Enjoying tea is a special time where we can feel the miracle and the magic of our lives on this planet as it spins through the cosmos, becoming more mindful of the precious days we have here on Earth.” – Zhena Muzyka, CEO & Founder of Magic Hour Tea
Black teas are the most common, offering multiple layers of benefits. From cardiovascular support in lowering cholesterol, decreasing risks of heart disease and hypertension to providing anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
Oolong Teas are partially oxidized. The Tea Spot says “Oolong’s partial oxidation gives it a distinctive flavor profile that falls somewhere between green tea’s freshness and black tea’s robustness, with a smooth, mellow, and slightly sweet taste”. Oolong teas are great for aiding in weight loss, lowering risk of Type 2 Diabetes, strokes, and heart diseases. It can also help with eczema and even improve sleep.
White Teas are less processed, giving them a rich antioxidant profile with anti-inflammatory properties, high antioxidants and relatively low caffeine content. This makes them particularly effective in fighting free radicals and offering potential cancer-preventing benefits.
Our faves: Citrus Blossom White Tea by Mark T. Wendell |
Green Teas are considered the health powerhouse among teas due to their rich array of antioxidants, primarily catechins. It has a broad spectrum of health benefits like potential to reduce the risks of certain cancers, aiding in weight loss and even enhancing cognitive functions.
“One fascinating commonality between black, green, and white teas is the presence of the amino acid L-theanine, which is known for its calming properties. In all these teas, L-theanine works in harmony with caffeine to create a balanced, sustained release of energy. This unique interaction allows for enhanced focus and alertness without the jittery sensations often associated with coffee.” Laura Brumbauhg, E-Commerce Marketing Manager at The Tea Spot.
Herbal teas, while not derived from Camellia sinensis, offer a wealth of medicinal properties. Depending on the herb, these teas can provide calming effects, help with digestion, soothe the throat, or even act as a sleep aid, making them highly versatile options for individual wellness needs.
Our faves: Blue Lotus Flower of Intuition by Anima Mundi |
So raise a pinky, channel your inner English lady at the Queen’s Tea Party and enjoy the blissful benefits that tea has to offer.
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