Various cultures around the world have been brewing tea throughout their history, both for its healing properties or simply enjoying its rich variety and flavour.
Many of these medicinal properties have been researched and found to have truth behind them, so here are 5 different teas from us at Carisma Spa and how they can help you enjoy long lasting physical and mental wellness.
Herbal teas exist in many forms, usually containing a blend of fresh or dried herbs, spices, fruits and even flowers. You can even make them yourself at home, with your favourite recipe and ingredients!
Peppermint or ginger teas are great for upset stomachs and digestion problems. Peppermint can also ease your headaches and migraines, while ginger helps with joint pain.
Hibiscus is an amazing diet helper, since it reduces cravings and lowers fat levels. In fact, this is a much better option than many of the teas commonly labeled as ‘diet teas’ in stores; these often only reduce your weight since they contain laxatives, which is a temporary and unhealthy solution.
The lack of caffeine in most herbal teas also make them soothing and perfect for bedtime, since they won’t keep you up. Chamomile is especially helpful at relaxing you and helping you sleep better. It can even soothe cramping pains like sports injuries, pulled muscles and menstrual pain that can keep you awake and uncomfortable.
Green Tea’s medicinal properties include anti-inflammation and boosting brain function. It contains caffeine, but unlike coffee the energy it provides allows for more focus and stable energy.
Studies also tentatively indicate that green tea may be good for brian health in the long term, reducing the chance of developing Alzheimers and Parkinson’s Disease.
Green tea also boosts your metabolic rate, making it great for calorie burning and weight loss. The caffeine in green tea also helps with physical performance by freeing fatty acids from tissue to be used as energy, so it’s a great workout companion.
Green tea also helps with cholesterol levels, making it a useful part of your diet if you are at risk for cardiovascular disease.
Black tea is one of the most common teas available; in fact, black tea is one of the most consumed beverages in the world!
It’s a useful tea to consume regularly as it reduces levels of cholesterol and sugar in your blood. It’s great for your heart as well, as it can reduce blood pressure and the chances of developing heart disease or having a stroke.
Black tea also helps with your gut health, since it promotes the growth of the good bacteria that keep you healthy while inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria and repairing the lining of your digestive tract.
White tea doesn’t go through as much processing as other teas, which is why it is often said to be rich in antioxidants. This makes white tea a good choice if you want to slow or reduce the effects of aging, inflammation, a weak immune system and a wide variety of other diseases.
White tea can be enjoyed at any time of day, especially since it is low in caffeine and won’t have a disruptive effect on your sleep cycle.
White tea can also be surprisingly good for your teeth and gums, strengthening them to be more resistant to sugar, bacteria and acid, while fighting off plaque buildup. This also helps with bad breath!
Oolong tea is one of the rarer teas on this list, but its health benefits are nothing to scoff at since it combines many of the benefits of dark and green tea.
It helps with diabetes, heart health and weight loss, making it a useful tea to consider including in your diet.
It also shares the benefits to your brain function and focus, as well as in the prevention of Alzheimers’ Disease. You may notice benefits to your memory and attention as well. Additionally, it is a great stress reliever! Studies have found that Oolong has a calming effect that relieves feelings of anxiety within 1-2 hours after consumption.
In addition to helping keep your teeth healthy, Oolong is also good for your bones. By helping the material density in your bones, Oolong can reduce the risk of bone fractures.
Studies have even noticed that Oolong helps with symptoms of skin conditions like Eczema.
While teas should never be a substitute for required medication and medical treatments, they can certainly help your body and do their part in preventing and curing various health concerns. Including a cup of tea or two in your daily routine is a simple, effective way to help your physical and mental health.