Our favourite health-boosting teas

Want to de-stress? Energise? Sleep? With of the abundance of amazing teas available today, there’s always a brew that fits the bill, which is why we love a good cuppa any time of day. From green tea to herbal blends, different types of tea offer their own unique beauty and health-boosting benefits and can be enjoyed whatever the season: a steaming mug of tea is wonderfully warming in cold weather, while sipping on iced tea can give us a cooling hydration boost on a hot, sunny day. (Joe’s Tea Co. shows us how to chill tea for a refreshing thirst quencher as well as some lovely recipes here.)
And before you pop the kettle on remember…
Choosing organic teas grown without pesticides by companies that source their ingredients responsibly and look after their workers properly, ensures that we can enjoy tea that not only benefits ourselves but is great for the growers and the environment too.

1. Green tea
Green tea may be the most extensively studied and hyped cuppa on the block today, but for a good reason: regular consumption is said to protect us from various cancers, give our brains a boost, promote heart health and assist with weight loss. These and numerous other health benefits are linked to the high concentration of antioxidants, especially the ECGC, in green tea.
A great variety of green teas is available on the market, but matcha is thought to be of particularly high quality. Tip: using boiling water can release too many tannins and make your tea taste bitter, so let your water cool a bit before pouring.

2. Chamomile
Chamomile is a star ingredient in many herbal night-time blends thanks to its mildly sedative properties, but it’s also a great choice for those times when we need to soothe frayed nerves or relax after a particularly stressful day at work. Chamomile (German chamomile in particular) has been used for centuries to treat other ailments too from colds and upset stomachs to menstrual cramps, and research has supported many of these traditional uses. One study even suggested that regular chamomile tea consumption could help women live longer.

3. Peppermint
Are you about to succumb to the dreaded early afternoon energy slump? Quick, guzzle a mug of refreshing peppermint tea as a caffeine-free pick-me-up. Drinking peppermint tea can increase alertness and may even boost long-term memory. It’s also a top choice for bloating and nausea and can help us achieve a clearer complexion by slowing down oil production.

4. Rooibos
Originally an indigenous drink, rooibos is a caffeine-free, naturally sweet tasting tea brewed from the leaves of a South African plant. Also known as red bush tea, Rooibos has a high mineral and antioxidant content and is often consumed for healthy skin and hair as well as to boost the immune system and soothe the stomach.

5. Rosehip
Deliciously fruity, rosehip tea is probably best known as a great source of vitamin C, but it’s chock-full of other nutrients too. Made from the dried fruit of the rose plant, it’s believed to be especially beneficial and healing for skin, from soothing inflammation to slowing down aging.

 

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