Did you hear? Drinking tea is in! Whether you’re looking to switch off of coffee or just need a warm drink as the winter weather creeps in, there is a type of tea for everyone. In honor of January being National Tea Month, we’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite teas along with their health benefits.
Notably the “healthiest” tea, green tea comes with a slew of nutrients and antioxidants. The polyphenols and antioxidants in your cup of green tea are known to boost brain and heart health. It is also one of the least processed teas as the leaves are simply harvested, dried, and rolled. With the rise in popularity of matcha, green tea is becoming more and more mainstream, and we are here for it!
Herbal tea is probably what you thought of when you started reading this blog post. Your go-to chamomile, ginger, lemon, hibiscus teas, and more fall under this category. Each one provides something special with their own flavors and nutrients. For example, chamomile tea is known to improve sleep and stress levels as it contains a mild amount of apigenin. Peppermint tea helps reduce headaches and nausea due to the menthol and methyl salicylate. Meanwhile, hibiscus tea can lower your blood pressure, improve kidney health, and lower your risk of kidney stones.
Did you know that black tea is produced with the same type of leaves used for green tea? The difference is that instead of drying them out, the leaves are fermented, producing the darker color. If you’re looking for a caffeine boost from your tea, black tea is your pick. Plus, black tea can help reduce inflammation and support your immune system. Some common types of black tea include chai, Earl Grey, and English breakfast. Try them in a latte, you won’t be disappointed!