Chrysanthemum tea is one of China’s most popular herbal teas. It’s loaded with minerals, is highly potent and a natural coolant. Besides it’s various healing benefits for cold and headaches, it helps to cure acne and skin problems because of it’s high B carotene levels.
Chamomile tea is a gentle calming and sedative tea, which has muscle-relaxing properties and can be helpful for destressing and fighting insomnia. It’s also great for skin and hair.
Rooibos tea, a power packed, South African herbal tea, is one of my favorite. It can strongly be recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns, mild depression or hypertension, as it contains no caffeine and has a soothing effect on the central nervous system. Ongoing research and case studies confirm there seems to be no end to it’s benefits.
“A cup of tea would restore my normality”- Douglas Adams
We know that green tea is good for us—it helps reduce inflammation, is a potent antioxidant, and may help with weight loss and general feel-goodness. But did you know that black tea (the Chinese variety, not the English), Oolong, and a marvelous tea called Pu’er are also potent medicines? Oolong is a type of tea that has been dried in the sun and then oxidized (or fermented). Benefits include: weight loss, aging prevention, lower blood pressure, prevention of tooth decay (antibacterial), stress relief, and liver detox (which, in turn, helps treat skin problems such as acne and eczema), and lower blood sugar levels. In traditional Chinese herbalism, pu-erh tea is considered to open the meridians, ‘warm the middle burner’ (the spleen and stomach) and be beneficial to ‘blood cleansing’ and digestion. For these reasons, it is often consumed after heavy meals or drunk as a hangover cure / preventative.
Some people find that drinking good quality pu-erh tea can induce a state known as ‘tea drunkenness.’ Another tea to watch out for is Ti Kuan Yin, which is one of China’s most beloved oolongs and is extremely time consuming to produce. The cup of tea has notes of toasted walnut and tender collard greens, an intriguing lingering floral aroma, lightly orchid. It’s a complete meditative cup.