What to brew, what to brew…

With the warmer weather that has recently decided to show up comes plants, and within the category of plants comes herbs. And what can herbs be used for? Tea, obviously.

In this article I’ll be covering a whole bunch of teas that are great for you!

Black Tea:

Black tea is used as the base in chai and may even protect the lungs from second hand smoking. It may even reduce the risk of a stroke and can lower cholesterol. (Paraphrased form here.)

White Tea:

May potentially hold “anticancer” qualities. (Paraphrased from here).

Oolong Tea:

May possibly lower bad cholesterol levels. Science hasn’t totally backed up the claims that people have for a variety of oolong called Wuyi. (Paraphrased from here).

Pu-erh Tea:

lowers weight gain and reduces LDL cholesterol. (Paraphrased from here).

Green Tea:

Full of catechins ( a type of antioxidants) that can “ward off everything from cancer to heart disease”. (Paraphrased from here).

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Herbal Tea:

Contains no caffeine and, depending on the kind of herbal tea, can also hold fantastic health benefits. Hibiscus tea, if taken daily, can help lower blood pressure in people who have hypertension. Chamomile can help people sleep and peppermint may help calm the stomach. (Paraphrased from here).


Ginger Tea:

Digestive aid and can be used to soothe “nausea, vomiting, and an upset stomach due to motion sickness.” (Paraphrased from here).

Rooibos Tea:

Has great “antioxidant properties which may in turn ward off disease and the signs of aging.” (Paraphrased from here).

Lemon Balm Tea:

Can help lift the spirits, helps keep you cheery during the winter, and help your mind rest before going to bed and allow you a more restful sleep. (Paraphrased from here).

A fantastic tea for the common cold that I cook up at home is a Lemon-Ginger tea with honey. The ginger calms the stomach and the lemon combined with the honey can soothe a sore throat. Trust me, it works!

My personal favorite tea is Sleepytime Peach by Celestial Seasonings prepared with either honey or sugar and a little milk. My secret? A little bit of cinnamon to spice things up! It’s great before going to bed (but go easy on the milk if you’re going to go to bed right after).

Try any of these teas out and let me know what ya think in the comments below!

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About Sabrina N. Mapes

There are only so many people who can say they're fans of pirates, superheroes, and violin pop; I am one of them. Some would describe me as spontaneous, others a spazz, and some a caffeine addict... that last one is no longer true.

Posted on May 26, 2016, in Top Stories. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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