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IT’S TEA TIME!by Julie Kempson, Jun 2019
As a nation, we all love a cup of tea! Tea comes from the plant Camellia Sinensis, and it depends on how the plant’s tea leaves are prepared and processed as to which classification the tea falls under: black tea, green tea, oolong tea, pu-erh tea or white tea! In addition to these more traditional teas there are also a wide range of herbal drinks made from flowers, grains and leaves which are also popular and we are going to take a look at 3 popular ones and their benefits to your health.
This is one of the oldest and healthiest drinks in the world. It originated in China, and is generally very popular in the East, especially in Japan. Green tea is considered very healthy and regular consumption can help reduce the risk of cancer, reduce blood pressure, lower insulin resistance and increase glycemic control.
As the name suggests, this tea comes from the edible flowers of the plant called matricaria chamomilla (otherwise known as chamomile). This tea has a great reputation for being a good bedtime drink as research into chamomile has shown that it may function as a relaxant and can therefore be useful to help people overcome sleep quality issues as well having a positive impact on anxiety and stress.
This refreshing minty tea is made from the dried leaves of the peppermint plant (menthe x piperita). A popular herbal tea, commonly thought to be an effective digestive aid and useful for helping to relieve stomach upsets and discomfort.