Coffee or tea? If you told me I had to choose, I would almost always go for a coffee because I’m probably the biggest coffee fan in the world. But that doesn’t negate my love for tea. We have something going on on the side.
As a kid, I associated drinking tea with being sick, and I can tell I missed out a lot. Luckily, I’m now in for trying all the different kinds of teas there are, and I’m sure everyone can find their favorite. What’s better, you can choose a specific tea according to your needs and moods to get your perfect mug every time.
To start the day off
If you’d like to try having a tea in the morning instead of your usual coffee, opt for a white tea. Drinking white tea on an empty stomach won’t cause discomfort like some other sorts would; but it doesn’t mean you miss out on the caffeine boost. Every tea has caffeine (note: tea, not herbals, meaning coming from the tea plant), and how much you’ll infuse depends on the temperature of the water—the hotter, the better. Think 200°F. Oh, and one study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to other teas, so that’s a win-win.
To gain some extra energy
Feeling like you could use a nap, but you’re up against a deadline? Instead of a chocolate bar, have a green tea, which is said to boost metabolism. If you’re not really a fan of green tea because you find it too bitter, fear not—it’s all about the temperature. Lower temperature equals less bitterness, so don’t let the water boil. However, make sure to let it steep for a while to make sure the tea still has depth of flavor. Green tea can also be your ally in shedding pounds, but in that case we’re talking about a liter or two a day. (Don’t drink more than that!)
To support digestion
If you’re looking for something to support your digestion, have a cup of pu-erh tea. This one is actually traditionally used in China to ward off weight gain following a heavy meal, so you know it’s good. The science backs it up too: one animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain. Most pu-erh teas only have a moderate amount of caffeine, so you don’t have to be scared of having trouble falling asleep a couple of hours later.
To calm down
Chamomile tea can help soothe anxiety, and that’s a natural remedy many know about. In fact, it’s scientifically backed: only in one clinical trial though, but it showed that chamomile indeed is helpful to people with mild to moderate anxiety disorder. The tea can also help with digestive upset (and it can sometimes occur together with anxiety, so yay for chamomile). Moreover, if you suffer from premenstrual cramps, this is the tea to use, as animal studies have shown that chamomile reduces muscle spasms.
To get ready for bed
Yes, you can even have a tea in the evening. Of course, the less caffeine the better, so it’s best to use an herbal, which doesn’t contain any. Think rooibos, orange, apple and cinnamon, ginger, holy basil… there is an enormous number of various blends and they smell and taste divine. Perfect to unwind after a stressful day.
Maybe an orange scent is what would wake your senses best? Or perhaps a cup of green tea with mint before bed is literally your cup of tea? You can always experiment and come up with what best suits your needs. Once you discover the world of teas and herbals, it’s easy to never run out of new tastes and blends.
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