I get so excited when I find new things to try and my latest obsession is Chinese tea 🙂 and the more I’ve been researching it, the more I love the whole thing. Chinese tea culture is rooted deep in tradition, family, respect and daily life which I find so wonderful. I found a really amazing brand called ~ Jasmine Tea Mill ~ at my local Chinese supermarket (so I was convinced it must be good ~ haha) and to be honest with you I didn’t even know where to start because there are just so many variations to choose from!
After much deliberation I decided to go for Lychee Black Tea, White Peony Tea, Pureh Tea (Pu-er), Red Rose Tea, Apple Flower Tea, Hibiscus Tea and Fruit Melanges Tea. She said that loose tea leaves that you steep in hot water hold far more benefits as opposed to tea bags because its simply dried in its most natural form and hasn’t been refined at all. I have a “tea ball” to steep my tea which makes one cup at a time but there’s plenty of pots, cups and strainers on the market so it’s all personal preference really. It’s also important to note that you should drink tea after a meal and not before as it can hinder your body’s absorption of essential vitamins. I usually give myself about 20 minutes after food before I get into tea mode. Each tea has its own benefits so you can start by choosing one to try or go all in and buy loads of options like I did ~ go figure!
Black teas are packed with anti-oxidants which can help with bone density and strength, cardiovascular health, natural weight loss, reverse the visible effects of aging (like wrinkles and reduced skin elasticity) and can even help manage or prevent diabetes. Black Tea has quite a high caffeine content so if you’re sensitive to caffeine then you should drink it during the day rather than in the evening.
Pu’er (Pu-erh) Tea is a variety of fermented tea and unlike other teas it improves with age. The one that I bought is 7 years old and I LOVE IT. It contains quite a high level of caffeine, so again its better to drink during the day. It also contains high levels of anti-oxidant activity and helps with immune function; lowering LDL cholesterol levels, increasing HDL cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure, thinning the blood, reducing the risk of heart attacks, lowering the risk of stroke, reducing the risk of cancer, boosting longevity, aiding in digestion and preventing dental cavities and gingivitis.
White Peony Tea (Bai Mu Dan) is also one of my favourites as I find it a little lighter in taste and strength to black and green tea. White teas contain very high levels of polyphenols, which are very powerful anti-oxidants. It helps with bone density and strength, helps the body’s immune system combat both bacterial and viral infections, lowers blood pressure and helps maintain a healthy spleen and stomach.
Fruit Melanges Tea is wonderful to drink at night as it has no caffeine and helps with relaxation, tension and irritability. It’s also a great diuretic which helps the body with purification and detoxification. It contains dried fruit, hibiscus, hawthorn and red rose so it has a really amazing sweet fruity taste too.
Hibiscus Tea is very good for women as it’s rich in anti-oxidants again and really helps with water retention (which we all know can be awful). It also aids in the digestion of starch and sugars so its great to drink after a meal. I Googled this tea and what I did notice on most of the websites was that it lowers the level of oestrogen in the body so it’s not recommended for women with fertility issues or women wanting to fall pregnant which is a very important point to note.
Red Rose Tea is made from real rose buds that are plucked when they are young and then dried. It’s another great tea for women as it helps to improve circulation, provides Vitamins A, B, C, E & K, relieves menstrual pains, helps with bloating and weight loss, maintains your skins healthy appearance and helps with acne. It’s caffeine and calorie free so it’s perfect to drink anytime of the day.
Apple Flower Tea is another really great one for women with imbalances related to the menstrual cycle. It also helps with clearing up skin problems, improves digestion, removes excess fat in the system and promotes natural weight loss. I also find that it pairs really well with Rose Tea.
I started off trying them one by one but what I’ve now started doing is mixing them together according to what I feel like at the moment and I’m absolutely loving it! Make sure that you do some extra research on the teas you want choose because like I said, every tea has its own characteristics for certain functions. I’m drinking around 4 – 5 cups of tea a day now and what’s really great about that is that I’m getting the extra liquid into my system over and above the water I drink. It’s now a big part of my daily routine and I’ve really been seeing a massive difference in my skin, water retention and just all round health. #winning
On that note, I’m off to make myself another cup of tea (Pu-er, Lychee Black Tea and Red Rose Tea that is)…..so until next time ~ stay warm and healthy.
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