The year was 2737 BC in faraway China. Chinese emperor Shen Nung sat surrounded by Camellia Sinensis trees with his servant. The day had a light breeze as the emperor’s servant boiled some water for his master to drink, when leaves from the Camellia Sinensis trees blew into the hot water. Instead of removing them, Shen Nung decided to give the Camellia-infused water a try.
And since then, tea has become the common drink in China and spread to countries all over the world. Centuries ago, tea was consumed for medicinal purposes, and today, it is enjoyed as an everyday hot beverage with plenty of health benefits.
There are many different herbal teas to choose from, so we’ve chosen five of our favorites - Green Tea, Jasmine Tea, Rooibos Tea, Ginger Tea, Peppermint Tea - and explored the health benefits of each!
We’ll start with the healthiest and most common tea out of all, green tea! It’s best served clean with boiling hot water only, however, a few people prefer adding a bit of honey to add a sweet taste to it.
Green tea has many medicinal properties that have been used for centuries. In fact, it comes from Camellia Sinensis, the very same tree the ancient Chinese emperor experimented with!
Green tea is known to improve your brain function and mood, as it also contains caffeine, but not as much as coffee does. So if you’re looking to reduce your caffeine intake, have a hot cup of green tea to start your day!
It has antioxidants that reduce cancers such as breast cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, and colorectal cancer in the colon or rectum.
Because it’s drunk without any sugars, it helps regulate your blood sugar levels which in turn reduce your chances of contracting diabetes. It also reduces the risks of getting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's disease.
Green tea and jasmine tea have similar properties as it is made out of green tea leaves and infused with Jasmine flowers. Jasmine flowers contain certain antioxidants that protect cells from deteriorating as we grow older. Jasmine tea is also known for its highly fragrant, sweet smell that can also soothe and calm your nerves, making you feel more relaxed.
Just like green tea, jasmine tea also contains caffeine that can boost your energy and brain function. It contains properties that give your immune system a boost which leads to better health and skin, and increases your metabolism which in turn contribute to healthy weight loss. The antioxidants in jasmine tea help eliminate cancer-causing agents in the body, and also reduces pain caused by arthritis in the elderly.
Rooibos (pronounced Roy-bos) is a caffeine-free tea from Africa which contains calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamin C, and antioxidants. The English translation of this Afrikaans word is “red bush.”
Rooibos tea is the most common tea drunk in Africa and mostly enjoyed by adding milk and sugar to the boiling water, although it is healthiest with just boiling water. The tea contains ingredients used in many skin treatments, so regular cups of rooibos tea is a great start to smoother, healthier looking skin. Its high levels of vitamin C and calcium helps repair collagen and connective tissue in joints, and builds stronger bones.
Rooibos tea helps symptoms associated with allergies and asthma as it can relieve coughing and wheezing. Just like green tea, rooibos tea helps regulate your blood sugar, decreasing your risk of diabetes, and also supports heart health.
Some might not like the spicy taste of ginger tea, however, it is a great choice for relief of nausea, dizziness, and cold sweats. With that being said, ginger tea is safe to drink for pregnant women experiencing morning sickness, cancer patients experiencing nausea from chemotherapy, and people experiencing motion sickness from car rides, airplane trips, boat rides, etc.
Ginger tea also aids pain such as menstrual cramps and has anti-inflammatory properties. It contributes to lowering your blood pressure, reduces the chances of heart attacks, and relieves heartburn. Regular consumption also helps control your appetite, manage your weight, and regulate your blood sugar.
Peppermint tea is loved by many due to the fresh feeling it brings to your mouth and soothing feeling it brings to your body!
Consuming peppermint tea helps relieve digestive problems such as too much gas, bloating, and indigestion. It can alleviate tension headaches and migraines. Its minty flavor eliminates bad breath and may also play a role in killing dental plaque. The strong smell and taste of peppermint tea is also a great way to relieve people from a blocked nose caused by sinus, common cold, and allergies as breathing in the steam opens up the airways in your nasal cavity and helps you breathe better.
Drinking peppermint tea can also help an upset stomach, heartburn, and diarrhea. It’s also a great remedy for muscle pain and menstrual cramps. Because it’s caffeine-free, peppermint tea can be drunk before bed for better sleep as it helps your muscles relax.
And there you have it! To sum it all up, tea contributes to a longer, healthier life!