It’s this time of the year when a cup of nice hot tea can suit any moment of the day or night, especially those colder ones.
Apart from the plain pleasure it can offer you, it can surely give you some important for your skin nutrients such as antioxidants including caffeine.
Antioxidants for skin are precious, so how about checking the various benefits that different types of tea have for our body and health?
In the meanwhile, I wouldn’t say no to a cup of Turkish red apple tea which tastes delicious and it’s one of my favorites.
Why So Many Different Types Of Tea?
Tea comes from the leaves of one plant and this is Camelia Sinensis. The differences in color and properties of the various types of tea are due to the amount of processing the leaves of the tea go through.
Only red tea comes from a plant indigenous to South Africa and that is Rooibos which means “the red bush” in the African language.
So, let’s have a look at the different types of tea:
White tea has undertaken the smallest possible processing, so it contains the highest levels of antioxidants. It is picked up in the beginning of Spring every year and then it is dried without being oxidized, so this is the reason why it is expensive.
It has a fine taste and because of its antioxidants, it protects the body from the free radicals, delaying the damage that oxidative stress can inflict to us like aging. So, by drinking white tea, we can benefit our skin as well.
Also, because of the flavonoids, white tea can have a good effect on the heart and its pressure. Its antibacterial qualities are unquestionable.
How To Enjoy White Tea
You leave it inside hot water for 1-3 minutes (70-80 degrees celsius.) Because of its fine taste, it can’t be used so easily in cooking but can flavor nicely a light mousse.
Slightly more processed than the white tea, green tea is very rich in antioxidants. It has more antioxidants than black tea or Oolong tea but less than white and the most dominant group of antioxidants in it are catechins.
Green tea has been widely researched and scientists stressed out its health benefits such as controlling sugar levels in the blood as well as cholesterol, protecting from atherosclerosis and boosting the immune system.
Not without a reason obviously, the Chinese have been using it as medicine for more than 4.000 years. Green tea also contains a very small quantity of caffeine and teine.
How To Enjoy Green Tea
Leave it inside hot water for 2-3 minutes (70-80 degrees.) You can try using it on grilled fish together with some fennel seeds or even make some cookies with green tea.
The leaves of black tea are fully oxidized during the processing so that’s how we get a type of tea with strong aroma and high levels of caffeine.
Because of its long processing, black tea has the smallest amount of catechins. Still, it contains other types of antioxidants like polyphenols which have an anti inflammatory function that is also good for the skin.
How To Enjoy Black Tea
Leave it inside boiling water for 3-5 minutes (100 degrees celsius.) You can combine black tea with other herbs and spices like coriander or jinger and a little brown sugar to make a mixture and spice up chicken, fish or even vegetables.
Are you wondering what Oolong tea is? It is a combination of green and black tea. Its leaves are partly oxidized during processing. Its taste is closer to the green’s tea flavor and so are its health benefits.
How to Enjoy Oolong Tea
Leave it inside water that has just started boiling for 3-5 minutes (80-90 degrees celsius.)
Some people use the leaves of Oolong tea in fried rice and serve it with some vegetables of their own preference.
If you want to find a coffee replacement which doesn’t contain caffeine but can still boost up your nervous system, then red tea is the perfect solution.
Its sweet flavor makes it really unique and this tea is also supposed to be beneficial in cases of digestive problems as well as allergies. Personally, I find cranberry and apple tea a great option.
How to Enjoy Red Tea
Leave it inside boiling water for 3-5 minutes (100 degrees celsius.) In cooking, it can nicely be added to soups and sauces.
Closing up with this article, let me share with you two of my favorite tea quotes and just daydream for a while enjoying the last sips of my tea.
“I like the pause that tea allows..” Waris Ahluwalia
“Where there’s tea, there’s hope..” Arthur Wing Pinero