Still at home due to Coronavirus Lockdown? What could be better than relaxing on the couch and sipping your favourite tea while you are working from home or just relaxing?
Tea is one of the most commonly consumed beverages in the world. There are a variety of teas available in the market. Classification of tea depends upon the way in which the tea leaves are prepared and processed. On the grounds of processing, there are 5 true teas, namely, Black tea, Green tea, Oolong tea, Pu-erh tea, and White tea.
In modern times people have not only become dependent on these traditional teas, but they have also become more health-conscious thus have moved towards healthy options like teas. Artificial beverages and flavours do not seem to amuse people anymore. Herbal teas have gained intense popularity, prepared from flowers, leaves, grains, and even mushrooms, such teas are considered more healthy and effective as compared to traditional teas.
Here are some teas that have amazing health benefits-
- Lemongrass Tea
Lemongrass, also known as citronella, is a tall, stalky plant with a fresh lemony aroma and citrus flavour. It is used commonly as an ingredient in Thai cuisine and bug repellants. Lemongrass is also used in aromatherapy as it freshens the air, uplift the mood, and relieves stress.
Lemongrass tea is the compilation of all benefits of lemongrass in one cup. It has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Regular consumption of this tea may reduce the risk of cancer, promote healthy digestion, regulate your cholesterol, and also help you lose weight.
One can prepare lemongrass tea with the fresh or dried lemongrass leaves or can buy one from the market.
- Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is one of the most popular hot beverages with a variety of health benefits. It comes from a daisy-like flower from the Asteraceae plant family. Chamomile is considered as a herb, it is consumed as a natural remedy for several health conditions over centuries.
Chamomile tea is prepared with the dried flower infused into hot water. It can be enjoyed as a caffeine-free alternative to traditional teas and coffee. It has an earthy and sweet taste.
It is loaded with antioxidants that play a role in reducing the risk of several chronic diseases. Consuming Chamomile tea before bed may improve your sleep quality as it contains apigenin that it may also promote sleepiness and reduce insomnia.
- Green Tea
Green tea is called as the healthiest beverage on the planet by many. It is a traditional tea, native to China and India. It has recently gained popularity in United States. Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves of Camellia sinensis bush. It is one of the less processed types of tea and is rich in antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols including EGCG catechin which has various health benefits.
Green tea contains less caffeine but enough to produce an effect and improve brain function. It helps boost metabolic rate that can increase fat burning in the short term. The antioxidants present in Green tea may lower the risk of cancer and type 2 diabetes. One can make Green tea a regular part of life feel better and energetic.
- Ginger Tea
‘Ginger’ is a spicy, aromatic root of the ginger plant. It has been used for a variety of medicinal and cooking purposes since ages. People use it as an ingredient in cooking for enhancement of taste of the dish. It is also used for making a cup of tea so that one can enjoy its benefits with a hot beverage. All you need to do is grate the ginger pod, steep it in boiling water, and your healthy, aromatic, and tasty tea is ready. You can flavour it with some lemon juice and honey. Avoid sugar to maintain its healthiness.
Ginger tea is good in stopping nausea and upset stomach. This pungent herb tea may help lower blood pressure, prevent heart attacks, lower cholesterol, and improve blood circulation. It may also be effective in managing obesity. Ginger tea is an easy, delicious, and a natural way to promote good health.
- Black Tea
Black tea is one of the most consumed beverages in the world after water. Like green tea, it also comes from the Camellia sinensis bush and is blended with other plants for different flavours. Black tea is stronger in flavour and contains more caffeine than other teas, but less than coffee.
It offers a variety of health benefits as it contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Consuming antioxidants may reduce the risk of chronic disease and improve overall health.
Black tea can be prepared very easily, it is a low calorie, and unsweetened beverage with less caffeine than coffee or energy drinks. Regular consumption of Black tea may reduce the risk of heart diseases as it contains flavonoids which are beneficial for heart health. It may also lower bad cholesterol and improve gut health.
Teas come in a variety of delicious flavours and are naturally low calorie and free of sugar. Consuming teas may improve your overall health.
To charge your immune system, digestive health, improve sleep, and focus or manage PMS try these teas for better results. Give yourself a relaxing and healthy treat with a cup of tea.