Look at my top 5 types of healthy organic teas and discover their benefits. There is nothing more refreshing than chatting with family or friends over tea and scones. Whether hot or iced ones, different types of good organic teas bring not just pure enjoyment but also a bevy of benefits to the body and mind. But while most Westerners refer to black tea as just tea while Eastern folks go by their green varieties, the astounding benefits they bring comes incomparable. If you’re confused on what’s the best type for you, here’s a quick guide to ensure more informed decision when you buy.
Herbal tea, or “tisanes” are one of the most common types of healthy organic teas in the market. These are made from infusing pure herbs, spices, fruits or combination of various plant materials. Though often served hot, some herbal teas can also be drank cold or with ice depending on your preference. Some even choose to grow a herbal tea garden to try out different combinations. The idea is to simply pick your choice of herbs in the garden, steep them directly or dry them out. When brewing, keep teapots covered to lock in both steam and oils.
Types: chamomile, dandelion, ginger, hibiscus, peppermint, lagundi, red clover, lemon balm, milk thistle, rosehip, lemongrass, valerian, sage, anise-hyssop, mint, bergamot and rooibos.
Flavor: Depending on the type of herb or herbs used
Benefits: Herbal teas offer a plethora of benefits to the drinker. This, however, largely depends on the type of herbs you use. Anise-hyssop herbal tea, for instance, can aid in digestion and help relieve whooping cough. Chamonile can calm the nerves and cure insomnia.
WARNING: Do remember that some herbs, spices and other plant material can be dangerous to pregnant women or may badly react with other synthetic medication, or may cause allergies. Always consult a doctor before drinking.
Ancient tea culture has always referred to black tea. Having originated from China, it grow to be a favorite in the Europe particularly in the UK where it became part and parcel of British royalty. Black tea is processed from the Camellia Sinensis plant via full oxidation procedure or Crush-Tear-Curl. This process alters the tea’s flavor profile wherein manufacturers can add fruity, malty or smoky notes.
Types: (according to geographic origin and plant cultivars) Assam and Darjeeling (India); Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Tetulia (Bangladesh) and Kenyan (African black tea).
Taste: deep malty, nutty
Benefits: Curative and for good health; treats coronary artery dysfunction, diarrhea, asthma, digestion issues, cholesterol problems, breast cancer, and other hormonal problems.
WARNING: Can cause stomach acidity when consumed without food. Drinking AFTER lunch or dinner can also cause indigestion.
Of all the types of healthy organic teas, the green tea variety is considered one of the most popular these days as they are favored by celebrities and known personalities across the globe. Like black tea, however, green tea originates from the camellia sinensis plant. Their only difference– processing. Green tea is minimally oxidized and unfermented as they are immediately heated and dried after harvest.
Types: sencha, fukumushi sencha, gyokuro, matcha, tencha, kabusecha, genmaicha, hojicha, shincha, ichibancha, nibancha, sabancha, and so on.
Taste: vegan-like, grassy, or seaweed notes
Benefits: powerful antioxidant, improve brain function, weight loss (fat burning), improve performance, reduce risks to certain types of cancer, lower risks to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, lowers risk to infection, improve oral health, lower risk to type II diabetes and complications, reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases, and lower risk of obesity
WARNING: constipation, upset stomach, liver problems; unsafe when taken in high doses
Like both black and green types of healthy organic teas, Oolong tea also comes from the camellia sinensis plant– only it is partially fermented. Sometimes called “Black Dragon Tea”, it is intricately prepared with some basic tea-manufacturing steps repeated over and over again to get the leave’s (buds or stems) desired bruising and browning. Timing in rolling, withering, and shaping as well as firing and temperature are also greatly taken notice of. Unlike other types of healthy organic teas, the oolong tea has to go through baking or roasting.
Types: Ti Kuan Yin, Dan Cong, Da Hong Pao, Jin Xuan, Echo Cha Jin Xuan, Formosa Bai Hao, Si Ji Chun, Ali Shan, etc.
Taste: sweet and fruity, woody and thick, or green and fresh
Benefits: sharpen the mind, cancer prevention, oral health, treat osteoporosis, reduce risk of heart diseases, treat obesity and diabetes, treat atherosclerosis, beat high cholesterol, boost immunity, stress management, and treat skin allergies.
WARNING: high in caffeine and may react negatively with other medications; risky for pregnant women
Matcha Green Tea
One of the most popular among the green tea variety, matcha green tea is a well-loved organic tea offering from Japan. Used first by the country’s Buddhist monk as a “health elixer,” it has grown to be a sensation in the West as it finds its way to various products not just drinking beverages. Prepared from tencha leaves, this shade-grown plant is hidden from direct exposure to the sun. This growth process allows reduction of photosynthetic thus, lending the dark green shade of the leaves. Unlike the usual green tea varieties, matcha green tea is handpicked and briefly steamed to preserve not just flavor but also nutritional content.
Types: koicha (thick); usucha (thin)
Grades: ceremonial, premium, and ingredient- grade
Taste: vegetal, semi-sweet
Benefits: boost immunity, antioxidant, reduce bad cholesterol, treat type-II diabetes, improve cardiovasculat health, enhance energy, detoxifies blood, manage stress and insomnia, calms and keep the mind sharp, prevent infections, protect against HIV, improve GI health, prevents cancer; can be used for cooking
WARNING: not advisable for people with known sensitivity to caffeine, allergies, and pregnant women
Without a doubt, these different top 5 types of organic teas are known for their astounding taste and health benefits.
They do not only promise to boost the body’s fighting capabilities against diseases but also keeps the mind energized, calm and focused. The key is to drink quality organic teas from tried-and-tested manufacturers. Be reminded that with their popularity, many unscrupulous individuals are marketing tea products which don’t deliver the same benefits as the organic ones. So, keep yourself informed before steeping a cup.
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