Drinking tea today has never been more popular than it is now. Tea over the past decade or so has really become the sister to a good cup of coffee and in many cases a replacement for people wanting to cut back on their coffee intake. But what is good about drinking tea?
Today we are going to talk about some great types of tea and the best reasons you should be drinking it. My hope is to get you interested in drinking tea. There are some great benefits to drinking tea over coffee, but is tea now truly for everyone. Is it no longer just something your grandma used to drink?
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Tea has been around in history for more than 5000 years. The story goes that a Chinese Emperor named Shen Nung discovered tea when leaves when blew into his boiling pot of water back in 2732 B.C. He went on to drink the new beverage and reported that he felt a “warm feeling” flow through his entire body.
Quickly falling in love with the new drink, he decided to call his new discovery “ch a”. It means to investigate in Chinese. The popularity of tea grew throughout many centuries in China as tea plantations became more and more prevalent. Tea has always been a big part of Chinese culture, using is it medicinally throughout their history and than adapting to make it a desired beverage for everyday use.
China continued to discover the different ways to process and make various tea from Green Tea to Black tea and more. Shipping this tea all over the world quickly made tea a very popular beverage for daily drinking. Cementing tea’s long history and popularity. Today tea in China, remains a huge part of their history, culture and religion.
In North American it has just been over the past decade or so, that Americans have started drinking tea as part of their healthy diets or as a substitute to coffee and pop.
We have all drank tea to soothe our sore throat and just to make us feel better overall. Tea does not come in just one type. What are the most popular types of tea on the market today? Here they are:
- Black Tea – oxidized longer than green or oolong tea
- Green Tea – made from unoxidized black tea leaves
- Oolong Tea – made from the same tea leaves, but is semi-oxidized
- White Tea – leaves not oxidized at all
- Pu’erh Tea – fermented aged tea leaves
- Herbal Tea – steeped spices and herbs
When it comes to all the different types of tea, there truly is a tea for almost every need or issue you are looking for. The personal journey we can take sampling and trying all these amazing tea is truly exciting. Venturing to try various flavors under each type of tea can be endless. There are tons of choices you can choose from. It all boils down to your own taste buds and how adventurous you want to be.
Let’s now look at some benefits of each type of tea.
Dating back thousands of years, tea has been used as a way to treat sick people to help them feel better. There has been plenty of research that positively proves that drinking tea can actually improve your health. Just as an example of some of these findings they say that a frequent tea drinking will be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or die from a stroke. Not that alone is a pretty darn good reason to start drinking tea.
Now each type of tea offers properties that can help with specific issues.
Black tea : Reduce the risk of stroke, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure. With a little less caffeine than a cup of coffee. They are full-bodied and rich tea with colors ranging from red to black.
Green Tea: Helps increase your metabolism, decrease risk of heart attack, and lower cholesterol. Filled with earthy flavors to almost a seaweedy taste. Half the caffeine to one cup of coffee. The color is mostly green, but can look a little yellowish as well.
Oolong Tea: Reduce the risk of diabetes and is full of antioxidants. Vast in flavors with less caffeine than Black tea. The color is green or brown.
White Tea: Benefits heart health, skin and full of antioxidants. With a lighter more mellow than black or green tea. Color is yellow to dim color. The caffeine is no more than a cup of coffee.
Pu’erh Tea: Can aid in digestion and has inflammatory properties that will alleviate joint point. Offering a smooth and mature flavor. Caffeine is equal to a cup of coffee.
Herbal Tea: Is a stress reliever, helps with digestion and help with a cold. Usually herbal tea do not have any caffeine.
Try something new
In the last few years, a new tea has come sliding into the market CBD tea. Yes that is what I said. As we are all starting to learn more about CBD, we are realizing it’s beneficial medicinal upside.
CBD tea is a blend of herbs that are paired with CBD (Cannabidiol) to provide healthy benefits. Benefits like helping with chronic inflammation, and help reduce pain. Great for helping with anxiety and panic attacks. It has been proven to help reduce seizures in epileptics and is often used to help cancer patients deal with the side effects of chemotherapy.
There are many amazing attributes to taking CBD. The best part of mixing that with tea is it is easy to make a cup of tea and drink in the CBD. It can also help with the bitterness that you can sometimes with CBD oil.
I say why not try it, especially if you are in pain and just want some soothing relieve. You don’t need to worry as CBD has no psychoactive properties, so you don’t need to worry about getting high. Instead, you will feel a calm, warm feeling wash over your entire body.
I swear that once you try CBD tea, you will be wishing you had tried it sooner.
We have spent a ton of time talking all about tea and the benefits, so let’s talk about where we can get the best selections of tea, right from our phone or computer.
Like many things in the world today, tea can very easily be bought online. One of the biggest and best tea companies that exist today is David’s Tea. They have an amazing online presence for US and Canada customers. They offer incentives for regular buyers called “Frequent Steeper” and the selection of tea they have will blow your mind. With easy shipping, you can have your tea delivered right to your door.
Now I don’t want to leave, without offering a place for your to get your own taste of CBD tea, and that company is called Grasslife. They are a Canadian company that sells many weed products, including tea. Check them out if you are feeling a bit adventurous.
We have all heard of Keurig, but did you know they also sell tea. Yes they do. Tea pods are an easy and fast way to get access to a warm cup of tea. Now personally, I prefer the loose-leaf tea versus the ground tea, but they sure are convenient. They will do in a pinch.
Whether you are shopping at David’s for the good loose-leaf tea, or shopping for tea pods,
I hope you enjoyed reading my post “What is good about drinking tea”. Hopefully I have inspired you to drink more tea. Maybe even step outside your comfort zone and shop online to get that tea. With what is going on in our world, we need to find ways to get the things we love even when the stores can’t be open for us to go out.
Start tea shopping now!