Tea is usually my solution to everything. Feeling bloated from your heavy dinner, drink tea. Feel like throwing up, drink tea. Stank breath, drink tea. Bored, drink tea. What you should know is that each type of tea has different benefits and healing properties. Now, it’s a matter of figuring out which one is right for you.
Tea brewing is a practice that originated from China in 2737 B.C. that moved into India, Japan, and throughout Europe. Today, tea is consumed for leisure drinking and medicinal purposes.
Below is a very useful infographic that highlights different types of teas and the ailments they can treat.
I’ve personally experienced the most benefits from oolong, black, green, and herbal. I consume white tea for leisure, but only until recently, I found out white tea has its own health benefits as well.
Oolong tea is my favorite. It contains the most caffeine of all the types of teas. Its health benefits are tremendous because it has combined black and green tea properties. In addition to the ailments listed in the infographic, oolong tea helps reduce chronic health conditions, including health disease, high cholesterol, and inflammatory diseases. It also promotes good skin and dental health. I usually recommend it to friends who are avid coffee drinkers looking to cut back or for a caffeine substitute. You’ll get the caffeine without the jitters with oolong. It has a reddish or brownish color, and has a range of taste profiles. Some have a sweet, honey flavor; others have a roasted and woody flavor.
Black tea is the second most caffeinated of the teas and is loaded with antioxidants. It is known to be a mental stimulant and improves the immune system, oral, heart, and bone health. Black tea also lowers the risk of stroke, cancer, and diabetes. In high school, I became obsessed with everything British and how they “dressed up” their tea with milk, sugar, or a lemon. Black tea isn’t my favorite, but it is my favorite to dress up. Earl Grey is a popular black tea. With milk and sugar, it tastes like Fruit Loops. Some black teas, like English Breakfast, I like with a splash of lemon.
Green tea, the beloved, is my go-to. I hold green tea very close to my heart. It is popular and the most recommended. Personally, I’ve experienced the most benefits from green tea, so I would have to agree and advocate for it as well. My mother has type 2 diabetes and lives by it. I drink 2 to 3 cups a day, which gives you 240 to 320 milligrams of polyphenols. I started to implement this into my diet in 2014, and have noticed phenomenal improvement in my immune system. The flavor is light, grassy, and toasted. Note that the longer you seep the tea, the more bitter it will taste. Green tea benefits are similar to those of black tea but with lesser caffeine. Green tea also promotes fat burning and weight loss.
Herbal tea is non-caffeinated and can be made with different herbs. Many of which are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. There’s chamomile, peppermint, ginger, and rooibos—just to name a few. For me, chamomile and peppermint are the best. I usually drink chamomile tea to soothe stomachaches. Chamomile aids digestion and irritable bowel disease. It also calms the nervous system, so its good as an aid for insomnia. If you want to dress it up, I recommend honey as a sweetener. Some of my friends like to use lemon. Of the herbal teas, peppermint tea is my favorite. It tastes like Christmas in a cup! It improves the immune system, relieves fever and respiratory issues, like a cough that comes from cold and flu symptoms, and reduces nausea, bloating, stress, and bad breath.
White tea is the most delicate tasting of the teas because of its minimal processing. It is lightly caffeinated and light-tasting with a natural sweetness. White contains antioxidants that can aid aging, cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular illnesses. It also contains fluoride that is an active ingredient in toothpaste, so this tea doesn’t stain your teeth and can improve them. White tea also helps curb your appetite and boosts your metabolism. I personally like flavored white teas. Flavored white tea, or any flavored tea for that matter, maintains its benefits. The added flavors, however, add calories. So if you’re trying to boost your metabolism for weight loss or management, please take the calories in flavored white tea into account.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner. The information I provide is based on advice I’ve taken from research and friends and my personal experiences. Please use your discretion when taking any recommendations I make or discuss them with your doctor.