The Trick to Tea
Tea can be so much more than for when you are feeling stressed, have a sore throat, or suffer from insomnia. It can be a part of your health routine if you choose the right ingredients. I personally drink tea every day. It has so many benefits like helping me relax and it has healthy antioxidants, or it adds a much needed boost when I need it. Here are some of my favorites with a break down for the best way to brew it and the types to choose for various health issues.
Insomnia: Chamomile Lemon Balm, Lavender, Passion Flower, peppermint, Spearmint, Hawthorne Berries and Rosebuds Sleeptime tea blends can be great they often come with the above ingredients.
(One of my favorites for taste is the Trader Joes “Well Rested” herbal tea; my dad likes this also but adds stevia.)
Stress: Kava, Hawthorne, Passionflower, Mints, Chamomile, Sarsaparilla root, Ginger, Licorice
(We love the Yogi brand “Stress Relief” at the office.)
Sore-throat: Lemon peel, Orange peel, Slipper Elm Bark, Marshmallow Root, Fennel Fruit, Licorice root, Elderberry, Hibiscus.
(I love the “Throat Coat” tea from traditional Medicinals.)
Antioxidant: Matcha tea, Alfalfa, Burdock, Dandelion, White Tea, Jasmine Tea, Green Tea, Grapeseed extract.
(I love an oat milk Matcha latte sweetened by honey.)
Relax: Passion flower, Chamomile, lemon balm, Gotu Kola Leaf, Skullcap Leaf. (Chamomile with oat or soy milk can be calming and filling on a long day.)
Healthy and Yummy: Lemongrass, Burdock, Dandelion, Matcha tea, elderberry, hibiscus flower.
(Tazo “Passion” tea is one of my staples and it has lots of vitamin C.)
Detox: Dandelion, Alfalfa, Burdock, Nettle Leaf, Tulsi (holy basil).
(I like the traditional medicinals “Everyday Detox” tea.)
*Green Tea itself is an antioxidant and contains an ingredient called catechin (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) and they help prevent free Radical Damage.
* White Tea has the most antioxidants because it has the least processing followed by Jasmine tea, green tea then black tea (my favorite but the least healthful properties).
How to Brew tea:
Black or Herbal (no Caffeine): Heat the water to just below boiling like 208 degrees Fahrenheit if you have a pot with temperature or a thermometer you attach to your pot. If you don’t have either you look for a few big round bubbles. (With mint tea never steep more than 3 minutes otherwise you get a bitter tannin taste.
---Let the tea bag steep for 5 minutes, some berry teas may require longer, read the instructions on the box.
Green or White: Heat the water to below boiling around 175 degrees Fahrenheit (small beadlike bubbles form and you see steam.)
---Let Bag steep for 3-8 minutes, will depend on the box and also the strength of tea you like.
**Don’t wring the tea bag out as it will release tannins and can make the tea bitter. **