I have heard about several teas that have healthful qualities, but also confused on what teas are good for what. After researching this article, I decided that I don't drink enough tea. This is a guide of more common teas and what they do for our health. Keep in mind that this is a very small sampling of the huge variety of teas, but every kind of tea i read about had some kind of health benefit.
To start, the main teas that we are familiar with, white, green & black refer only to the age when they are cultivated. White is the early leaf, green is a more mature leaf and black is the most mature leaf. All of these have good qualities but in different ways.
WHITE High in antioxidants. Helps prevent heart ailments. Lowers blood pressure and improves artery function. Fights cancer by attacking free radicals. Promotes strong bones, healthy teeth and gums. Lately is recommended for help in weight loss.
GREEN Studies show a significant lower risk of cancer. Has polyphenols which is a potent antioxidant. Lowers cholesterol and the formation of blood clots that lead to heart attack. Lowers blood pressure. Helps prevent tooth decay. Lowers blood sugar levels. Helps with weight loss.
BLACK Rich in antioxidants. Prevents clogging of arteries and reverse poor arterial function that can trigger a heart attack. Will lower risk of stomach, colon and breast cancer and stop cancer growth. Neutralize germs that cause diarrhea, pneumonia and skin infections.
CEYLON Is a type of black tea with the same health benefits.
CINNAMON Shown to lower blood glucose. Helps people with diabetes metabolize sugar better in adult onset (type 2) diabetes. Also used to treat gastrointestinal problems and helps calm the stomach. Used to combat diarrhea and morning sickness.
GINGER For morning sickness, post-op nausea and vomiting and sea sickness. Also helps with treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Eases inflamation of joints and muscle tissue. Is thought to open blood vessels that cause migraine headaches.
GINSENG Reduces the effects of stress. Stress increases acidity which leads to back pain, cancer, Crohns, depression, diarrhea, hair loss, headaches and hypertension. May reduce risk of several types of cancer. Controls blood sugar levels and helps with type 2 diabetes.
OOLONG may help reduce cholesterol build-up in the bloodstream. Helps burn fat. Can help or prevent heart ailments. Treats digestive disorders. Strengthens the immune system to promote longevity. Promotes healthier and stronger bones.
THE FOLLOWING ARE HERB TEAS
CHAI Helps ease sore throat, cough and cold symptoms. Enhances the immune system. Helps fight bacterial infection. Contributes to healthy cardiovascular health. Helps in prevention of cancer.
CHAMOMILE Boosts the immune system to fight infections like colds. Relieves muscle spasms and menstrual cramps. Relaxes the nerves to promote better sleep.
DANDELION An agent for keeping optimum liver, kidney and gallbladder function. Enhances detoxification and replaces potassium. Helps in type 1 and 2 diabetes. Helps in treatment of liver disorders. Purifies the blood.
FENNEL Good for abdominal cramps due to nervousness or menstrual cramps. Also treatment for respiratory congestion and coughs.
GOJI The berries are called "superfood" because of high antioxidant strength. May help clear eyesight. May also protect the liver and strengthens kidneys. Enhances sexual function and fertility especially in men.
HIBISCUS Lowers blood pressure and high cholesterol. Rich in vitamin C
JASMINE Helps in prevention of some cancers. Keeps heart disease at bay. Helps reduce fat and helps in weight loss. Helps in regulation of insulin. Fights bacteria and viruses.
LAVENDER Calms nerves and anxiety. Helps with insomnia. Helps treat upset stomach, flatulence and colic. Alleviates depressive and migraine headaches. Reduces body temperature during fever.
LEMON BALM Helps for stress and anxiety. When you apply a steeped tea bag directly to a cold sore, research shows a tremendous reduction. Also works with herpes simplex virus to relieve itching and redness.
NETTLE Fights colds, tuberculosis and asthma. Counters arthritis rheumatism and tendinitis Combats intestinal disorders. Fights skin problems. Used to treat urinary tract infections.
RED CLOVER Relieves pre-menstrual symptoms. Reduces bad cholesterol levels. Reduces build-up of plaque that contributes to heart disease. Helps in blood flow. Helps delay bone loss due to osteoporosis. Helps treat inflammation and infection.
WHITE PEONY Aids in liver health. Promotes blood circulation and nourishment and helps lower blood pressure. Helps alleviate menstrual disorders. Helps in treatment of headaches, dizziness and tinnitus.