It’s tea time but that Earl Grey is getting kinda boring. Here are ten healthy teas that are a welcome change and help keep you healthy at the same time. Well, technically 9 because Black Tea does make an appearance – it IS pretty good for health, so we’re not knocking Earl Grey just yet!
An herbal favourite, Chamomile is known for its calming and relaxing properties. Chamomile tea can help with sleep disorders and anxiety and add a soothing touch to your next dinner. The antioxidants are also supposed to help with headaches and migraines.
Apart from being refreshing and cool, Peppermint Tea contains Menthol, which is known to aid in stomach issues and help with digestion. With that classic mint fragrance, peppermint Tea is also considered to have antimicrobial properties that combat bad breath.
Popular in the east, Green Tea – made with the stemmed tea leaves, is packed with antioxidants and catechins. One of the healthiest teas out there, Green Tea can help with heart disorders, decrease inflammation, and improve circulation. Green Teas are also supposed to help with cholesterol and weight loss.
Ginger can help with stomach issues – digestion, bloating, stomach upset, gas, and other disorders. Ginger tea is also said to help with stomach cramps, nausea and stress with its muscle-relaxant properties.
Black Tea is the most common in the tea-drinking world. Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea is a fantastic alternative for coffee drinkers that want to cut back. With the highest caffeine content among all the teas, black tea can provide that high-energy boost but without any of the jitters. Black Tea is also said to help with coronary artery disease.
Moving east again, we have the Masala Chai Tea, widely consumed in India and mentioned in Ayurveda. A combination of a variety of spices including ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper and star anise, Chai Tea is known to help with digestion, immunity, sleep patterns and blood sugar.
Flavorful and fragrant, Cinnamon Tea is another favourite in the east. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon is supposed to help with indigestion, nausea, bloating and diarrhea.
Of South African origin with a red tint, Rooibos is made from the leaves of a red bush plant. Rooibos is known for its anti-inflammation properties that help liver function and aid digestion.
White Teas are unfermented and considered the most natural. They are also expensive and considered ‘pure’ and delicate. The caffeine content is a lot less than blackand green tea, and the health properties are more around skin and hair health – it is said to boost both and help with anti-ageing.
Another floral tea with a pretty hue, Hibiscus is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in antioxidants. Added bonus? Hibiscus is supposed to help with blood pressure issues too.
Try out these teas and let us know what you think. If you’re unsure what to consume or need medical advice before including a specific ingredient/food in your diet, schedule an online video consultation with a General Practice doctor at Gogodoc. Visit our website or download the app to book an appointment. Then brew some tea while the doctor calls you!