It isn’t just the British that have an affinity for tea. Countless civilizations throughout the ages have used different teas for medicinal, religious or cultural reasons. And today’s modern world is no exception. Just in the US, over 158 million Americans will be caught drinking tea any given day. Millennials lead the way, seeing as 87% of us hooligans drink tea.
Tea has been called an elixir with almost magical properties and one of the “seven necessities of life.”
And because there are practically infinite possibilities, you’ll never get bored. It has vast health benefits, so if you don’t have tea in your life, it’s time to get on it.
Depending on how you’re feeling, what tea is best for you?
If you’re feeling tired or groggy, which is of course normal for most people in the morning, go for any kind of green tea. It contains antioxidants which protect the body from illness, and has less caffeine than coffee, which is actually a good thing. Did you know coffee can cause nervousness, stomach upset, fast heartbeat and muscle tremors. I can’t even drink coffee anymore. Why would I when I could try a new tea everyday for the rest of my life? If you still can’t kick the caffeine habit, try a yerba mate, which is an Argentinian tea sure to boost your day.
2. Not sleepy
You’ve been lying in bed for 20 minutes and you’re no closer to falling asleep than you were when you put your comfy pajamas on. Time to head to the kitchen and make yourself a cup of chamomile tea, a gentle calming and sedative tea made from flowers. It’s also great for an upset stomach. Other great teas for relaxation are Celestial Sleepytime Tea, Yogi Bedtime and any kind of lavender or peppermint.
3. Weight loss
The best tea for weight loss is oolong tea, a Chinese name for black dragon. It is a light, floral tea that helps promote weight loss by boosting your body’s ability to metabolize fat. A study found it helped patients lose almost a pound a week. Other good weight loss teas include mint, white or rooibos.
4. Upset stomach
If your belly is feeling a little queasy, reach for a peppermint or ginger tea. Peppermint tea calms the muscles of the stomach and can also help with menstrual cramps and abdominal gas. Ginger has also been shown to help stop nausea, vomiting or an upset stomach. You can either buy a pre-packaged ginger tea or make your own.
5. Anxiety or depression
A few of the previously mentioned teas such as lavender or mint can also double as working for anxiety but seeing as teas are practically infinite, there are still plenty of options. I’d start with passionflower tea, which as the name suggests, fills you with feelings of goodness. Another option to treat anxiety is lemon balm tea, which calms the nervous system. It is helpful for lifting the spirits, not to mention it can help improve concentration. If taken before bedtime, it can prevent nightmares as well.