“When hunger strikes, when workouts sting, when I’m feeling saaaaad, I simply drink one of my favourite teas and then I don’t feeeeel sooooo baaaaaad!” (yes, I made that up. Catchy, yes? You love it!)
I love tea! I love drinking it, brewing it and smelling it. ‘Green Tea’ by Elizabeth Arden is one of my favourite scents! I like to browse tea sites and fantasise about teas I might like to try. Yes, I’m that into tea.
Let’s start with my FAVOURITE tea right now.
Chai is a traditional Indian tea (‘chai’ means ‘tea’ in Indian) and has many health benefits. The usual base for chai is black tea to which spices are added (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, cardamom and nutmeg). The tea is then blended with milk and honey or sugar to make a sweet, creamy drink. You can also buy the chai spice blend and have it without black tea for a non-caffeinated version.
The spices in chai have been used in Eastern medicine for centuries :
- Ginger is excellent for a variety of ailments including sore throats, cold and flu symptoms, upset stomach, nausea and aches and pains
- Cloves are good for promoting proper circulation
- Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels and is also known as a stimulant
- Cardamon is used for easing indigestion and has calming properties
- Pepper aids digestion
- Nutmeg helps lower blood pressure and sooth a stomach ache as well as stop diarrhea and (in low doses) helps detoxify the body
Chai is definitely better for you if you blend it yourself rather than buy from your local Coffee Shop so you can control the sweetness. Look for the chai spice blend in health food stores and have it with skim milk to save calories.
Read this. Nuff said.
My friend Nat and I tried this at work the other day. One of our Asian colleagues swears by it and made a big pot for Nat to try so she poured a cup for me. It’s naturally quite sweet and very herbal tasting. It’s really refreshing and has a truckload of health benefits! I’ll definitely be adding it to my tea rotation!
The following are the health benefits attributed to chrysanthemum tea:
- May help lower blood pressure and consequently also help in the treatment of other related ailments, i.e. angina and other heart problems
- May help relieve headaches
- May help in the treatment of colds, fever and the flu
- May help in the treatment of tinnitus
- May help in the treatment of such skin problems as acne, boils and sores
- Is believed to contribute to clear vision
- May help in the alleviation of dizziness
- Is believed to contribute to alertness
I touched on the benefits of ginger in one of my earlier posts however to recap:
Ginger is good for:
- Upset stomach
- Cleansing the colon
- Keeping menstrual cramps under control
- Improving circulation
- Regulating the metabolism
- Regulating blood sugar levels
- Improving mental alertness
You can buy ginger tea in tea bags from your local supermarket however it’s so much nicer when you make it yourself! Want to know how? Read this.
Peppermint tea is so delicious. I love how it’s an instant mouth freshener too (especially good after meals containing onion!). It instantly perks me up and livens my senses. Just inhaling that zingy scent gets me all revved up! Woo hoo! (Too much? Sorry.)
Peppermint tea is great for digestion issues and soothes a bloated belly. It’s also known to be an appetite suppressant so it could even aid in weight loss.
It has a wide variety of uses which includes anything from stress relief to boosting immunity. You can read more about the wonderful benefits of peppermint tea and how to make your own by clicking on the image above.
I also love black tea which is choc-full of antioxidants (as are most teas). Most teas are generally good for you and I find they are a great hunger distraction. Whenever I feel the usual afternoon peckishness come on I reach for one of my many packets of tea and I forget that I was hungry in the first place!
Are you crazy for tea too? What’s your favourite tea?