I’ve always been a big tea drinker. Not only does it evoke a cosy stay-in-your-pjs-and-netflix-all-day kind of feeling (which is evidently my favourite) but it is oozing in health and beauty benefits that not many people know about. Plus, it tastes great and has zero calories. What’s not to love?
Here’s some of my favourite teas and their health benefits with links to the brands that I love most (they’re all organic/non-GMO and pack the most flavour).
Green tea. Green tea is one of the lesser processed teas, therefore it’s high in antioxidants, specifically catechins which help fight cell damage. It reduces bad cholesterol, boosts metabolism and aids in weight loss.
Black tea. Black tea actually comes from the same plant as green tea, and is known for it’s large amounts of caffeine and antioxidants. The benefits include lowering risk of heart disease and diabetes, encouraging a healthy immune system and regulating blood sugar levels. In small doses, it is also known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties specifically for digestion.
Oolong tea. Oolong provides the benefits of both black and green teas, and with it, a fruity flavor. Oolong tea is often the tea of choice for weight management and is known to help alleviate skin conditions.
White tea. White tea reigns as the least processed type of tea, making its antioxidant properties the highest. It can lower cholesterol and blood pressure and is antibacterial.
Pu’erh tea. Pu’erh is becoming widely known for lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels as well as it’s weight loss properties. Drinking Pu-erh tea at the correct times will help you shed unwanted pounds by helping your body to metabolize fat (literally though, women in China drink it twice a day to keep slim) but drinking it at the wrong times can actually make you GAIN weight. Weird, right? Learn more here.
Ginger tea. If you haven’t tried this tea, you seriously haven’t lived. Ginger tea helps with digestion and aids in weight loss. Have it before a meal to stimulate your digestive system (stops that sluggish after-meal feeling) and to act as an appetite suppressant. It also relieves tired muscles and helps the body absorb nutrients.
Rooibos tea. Also called Red Bush Tea, comes from South Africa. It is naturally caffeine-free and has many benefits for skin irritations and contain cancer fighting properties. Anyone who has ever suffered from asthma, skin issues, eczema, insomnia, bone weakness or hypertension may want to consider drinking rooibos tea.
Peppermint tea. The oil and menthol found in peppermint can have a therapeutic effect, acting as a decongestant and an anti-inflammatory, while also helping to suppress the appetite. It also soothes an upset stomach. It’s one of my favourite teas to have after a meal.
Lemon balm tea. Lemon balm belongs to the mint family, but has a lemony scent, hence its name. Widely known for its calming effects, lemon balm can also help with the common cold and other respiratory issues. Lemon balm alleviates digestive problems and also works well for painful ailments like a headache or toothache.
Chamomile tea. Long used throughout Europe and Asia to treat sleep and stomach troubles, chamomile is becoming quite popular in North America. While its sleep-inducing properties are well known, chamomile can also soothe puffy eyes and be used as an anti-bacterial mouthwash.
A cup of tea is often synonymous with relaxation, but most people are surprised to know certain teas are actually rich in antioxidants that provide many beauty benefits. Here’s a few ways I regularly use tea as part of my beauty routine.
Helps reduce & prevent acne. Green tea contains catechins that have anti-bacterial properties that can kill off acne-causing bacteria. Honey contains anti-inflammatory agents that can help reduce redness and inflammation brought about by acne. When combined together in a mask they will help heal scars, flush out toxins, and smoothen your complexion. Use 1-2 green tea teabags and 1-2 tbsps of honey, leave for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.
Tightens under-eye bags. Before bed, steep green or black tea bags in hot water for a few minutes before popping them in the fridge. The next morning, place the chilled pouches on your eyes for about 5 minutes and let them work their magic: Blood vessel-constricting caffeine reduces puffiness, while the inflammation-calming polyphenol EGCG helps smooth the under-eye area.
Adds shine to dry/dull hair. A hair rinse using green or black tea will boost brassy and blah strands. Simply steep tea bags in boiling water for 15 minutes and allow to cool for a few hours or overnight. Pour it onto freshly-washed hair and leave on for ten minutes.
Soothes sunburns. Cold compresses made out of tea bags can relieve pain and reduce redness. Check out this guide for how to soothe sunburn with tea bags.
Tones and moisturizes dry skin. Spritz cool green tea onto your face twice a day to draw out impurities, shrink large pores and get a healthy glow. Here’s a little DIY on how to make a green tea face mist.
Soothes scalp & dandruff. Rooibos tea is enriched with zinc, copper, potassium, and calcium, which all promote hair growth and strengthening. The high dose of copper assists to prevent premature graying of hair, while anti-inflammatory agents of the tea can also help to soothe the scalp and fight dandruff. Here’s how to use it in your hair.
Smooths your skin. According to this source, sipping on white tea every day helps slows the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers – those super-supportive intracellular structures that skin needs to stay firm and wrinkle-free.