We all love a cup of tea, whether you enjoy a tea bag with milk, black tea, white tea or a green tea which I know I enjoy after a yoga practice, but, have you ever thought about the health benefits, or how It is collected, or what it even looks like.
Tea contains caffeine, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system which increases mental alertness, reduces fatigue and improves blood circulation. Flavonoids are an excellent source of antioxidants and tea has a good source of manganese, zinc and vitamins B, C, E and K, plus it has a natural source of fluoride which is good for our teeth.
The tea plant is an evergreen shrub of 1 to 3 metres tall and when it is harvested, the small tip leaf becomes white tea, the next 3 leaves are green tea and finally you have the black tea. All tea is good for you and comes from the same plant, it is how it is processed that produces, white, green or black tea.
We should all enjoy a good cuppa and to add a little extra health, add ginger for digestion or maybe enjoy a cup of Marsala Tea Chai to warm you up on these cold January mornings.
“If you are cold tea will warm you, if you are too heated it will cool you, if you are depressed it will cheer you and if you are excited it will calm you” - William E Gladstone