The health benefits of tea have been touted for centuries. Here, we break it down for you.
Green, mint, chamomile – tea been enjoyed around the world for centuries. And while a steaming brew is always delicious, its health and wellness benefits are finally being taken seriously too.
But, with hundreds of varieties on the market, it’s hard to know which is best for you and what its health benefits are. Here, we’ve compiled a guide to some of the most beneficial brews on the market.
This self-care superstar is the perfect antidote to hectic, stress-filled days. Known to calm and relax, it has a soothing effect on the nervous system and is perfect just before bed as it aids sleep. In addition, its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities help balance gut bacteria, supporting healthy digestion.
Best for: stress, insomnia and digestion.
Whether you prefer peppermint, spearmint or Moroccan, mint tea comes with a whole host of health benefits. The number one choice for upset stomachs, this caffeine-free brew soothes and settles while aiding digestion, thanks to its powerful combination of menthol, menthone and limonene. It also boasts antispasmodic effects, which work wonders if you suffer from IBS or cramps, and is believed to help boost focus and concentration, as the smell stimulates the limbic system.
Best for: IBS, digestion and focus.
3. Rose Hip
Made with the fruit of rose plants, Rose Hip tea is packed with Vitamin C and potent antioxidants. It’s also believed to reduce inflammation and pain, particularly for those with arthritis, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have also found it’s effective at fighting the signs of ageing as it improves skins moisture and elasticity.
Best for: inflammation, arthritis and anti-ageing.
This caffeine-free tea, which hails from South Africa, is packed with antioxidants that help reduce stress, regulate blood sugar and fight the signs of ageing. It also boasts zinc and alpha hydroxy which are known to give skin that sought-after glow. As if that wasn’t enough, early evidence suggests that this multi-tasking tea may help improve bone health and reduce heart disease risk.
Best for: anti-ageing, skin and blood sugar levels.
There are so many varieties of green tea available (personally, we love jasmine and matcha) but they all have the same health benefits in common. Not only is this delicious brew known to give us a serious energy boost (on par with coffee), but it also helps prevent free radical damage and fights nasty viruses, thanks to is its super-high antioxidant content.
Best for: antioxidants, energy and immune system.
This fiery tea is best known as a remedy for nausea, making it a no-brainer for expectant mothers suffering from morning sickness and anyone else with an upset stomach. It’s also great for improving circulation and relieving period pain.
Best for: nausea, morning sickness and circulation.