LET’S TALK ABOUT TEA AND WHERE TO GET IT IN THE UK

Posted on 18/09/20

What is Tea and its Benefits?

Hot or cold, a cup of tea is always welcomed with friends, meetings or just to chill and relax at the end of the day. There are many benefits that one can get from tea but this all depends on the quality of the tea leaves used.

Organic tea, black tea, herbal infused tea or just plain old builder's tea, whichever type of tea you like, there is an understandable thirst for knowledge on it’s benefits, with 84% of the British population drinking tea every day. In the UK, you can buy tea from a wide selection available through the many online tea shops.

Tea has health boosting antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. It has no calories, sugar free, can aid sleep and detox. Tea is also great for relieving anxiety, stress, adrenal fatigue and high blood sugar.

Since not all teas offers the same benefits, it can be hard to determine which teas would not only supply you with the health benefits that your body requires but taste delicious as well.

*But fear not, we have compiled a list of teas and its benefits that you can check out :

TYPES OF TEA

BENEFITS

Green Tea

Made from Camellia sinensis leaves and buds that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong or black tea

Improve blood flow

Lower cholesterol

Lower blood pressure

Full of antioxidants which proactively protects cells from damage & supports immunity

Helps balance blood sugar

Stress relief

Black Tea

Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized than oolong, yellow, white and green teas. Black tea is generally stronger in flavour than other teas.

Has antioxidants properties

Reduce blood pressure

Reduce risk of stroke

Lower blood sugar

May improve gut health

Reduces plaque formation

Healthy bones

Increased energy

Oolong Tea

Traditional Chinese tea made from partially oxidized leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant

Has antioxidants

May boost metabolism

Reduce stress

May help prevent diabetes

Improve heart health

Could help speed up weight loss

Improved cognition, memory

May strengthen tooth enamel and reduce formation of dental plaque

Relieve eczema

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is an herbal infusion made from dried flowers and hot water. Two types of chamomile used are German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Promotes sleep and treats Insomnia.

Boosts immunity.

Treats cold.

Reduces muscle spasms and period pain.

Soothes stomach ache.

Treats cuts, wound and skin conditions.

Reduces stress.

Lightens skin.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea can be made using fresh leaves, dried loose leaves, or teabags. In teabags, peppermint may be mixed with other flavours, such as liquorice or fruit.

Makes you Stress Free. When it comes to relieving stress and anxiety, peppermint tea is one of the best allies.

Sleep-Friendly.

Aids in Weight Loss.

Cure for an Upset Stomach.

Improves digestion.

Boosts Immune System.

Fights Bad Breath.

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is made by infusing dried or fresh ginger in hot water for a few minutes, allowing the oils of the ginger to infuse into the water before drinking.

Boosts immunity.

Relieve nausea.

Improve stomach performance.

Reduce inflammation.

Fight respiratory problems.

Improve blood circulation.

Relieve menstrual discomfort.

Relieve stress.

Echinacea Tea

Echinacea, also called purple coneflower, is a type of plant with nine known species native to North America. It comes in teas, pills, liquid or dried.

Improve immunity.

Helps with anxiety.

Improve skin health.

Natural form of pain relief. ( oral pain, sore throats, UTIs).

Helps with digestion.

Rooibos Tea

Also known as red tea or red bush tea. It is made using leaves from a shrub called Aspalathus linearis, usually grown on the western coast of South Africa.

Reduce blood pressure.

Ease respiratory problems.

Boost your bones.

Alleviate allergies.

High in antioxidants.

Boost immune system.

Caffeine free.

Contains abundance of antispasmodic agents that relax muscles, especially in the gut- this will aid IBS or stomach ache.

Sage Tea

Sage tea is an aromatic infusion made from the leaves of common sage (Salvia officinalis), an herb in the same family as mint.

Rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds.

May promote healthy skin and wound healing.

Promotes oral health.

May have anticancer properties.

Improves blood sugar control.

May promote brain health and improve mood.

May support women's health.

May boost heart health.

Rose Hip Tea

Rosehip tea is an herbal tea made from the pseudo-fruits of the rose plant. It has a delicate, floral flavour that's slightly sweet with a distinct tart aftertaste. Found just below the rose petals, rose hips are small, round, and typically red or orange.

Rich in antioxidants.

May support a healthy immune system.

May protect against heart disease.

May aid weight loss.

May protect against type 2 diabetes.

May reduce inflammation and pain.

May fight skin aging.

Easy to brew at home.

Assam Tea

Assam tea is a black tea named after the region of its production, Assam, India. Assam tea is manufactured specifically from the plant Camellia sinensis var. assamica

Promotes overall health.

Regulates high blood pressure.

Enhances mental alertness

Helpful for diabetes.

Helps in weight loss.

Darjeeling Tea

Darjeeling tea is a tea made from Camellia sinensis that is grown and processed in the Darjeeling or Kalimpong Districts in West Bengal, India.

Provides essential Antioxidants. Darjeeling tea is abundant in antioxidants such as thearubigins and theaflavins.

Reduces the risk of Cancer.

Ensures adequate Hydration.

Relieves stress.

Boosts cardiovascular health.

Facilitates weight loss.

Lowers the likelihood of Parkinson's Disease.

Kombucha Tea

Kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Although it's sometimes referred to as kombucha mushroom tea, kombucha is not a mushroom — it's a colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding the colony to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment. The resulting liquid contains vinegar, B vitamins and a number of other chemical compounds.

Potential source of Probiotics.

May provide the benefits of Green Tea.

Contains Antioxidants.

Can kill bacteria.

May reduce Heart Disease risk.

May help manage Type 2 Diabetes.

May help protect against Cancer.

Is healthy when made properly.

Nilgiri Tea

Nilgiri teas are grown in the Blue Mountains, which are part of the Western Ghat mountain range which stretches across South India. They are some of the highest grown teas in the world, up to 8000’ elevation. And Nilgiri is one of the most beautiful tea regions in the world.

Lose weight with Nilgiri Tea.

It reduces LDL cholesterol and the risk of heart attacks.

It fights diabetes.

Bust your stress with Nilgiri Tea.

Increases your immune system.

Takes care of your oral health.

It controls ageing and makes you look young.

It increases your bone density.

Elderberry Tea

Black elderberries (technically sambucus nigra) are small, dark purple berries common in parts of North America and Central Europe.

Elderberry tea combines immune boosting elderberries with cinnamon, turmeric and honey (optional) for a delicious and healthy tea

Fighting colds and flu

Treating acne

Reducing wrinkles

Olive Leaf Tea

Olive leaf tea is mellow and soft with a multitude of health benefits.
It packs the antioxidant punch of a heavyweight. The most beneficial tea is made from organic green olive leaves, quickly dried to maintain their health enhancing properties.

Reduces cardiovascular risk, like atherosclerosis.

Lowers blood pressure.

Helps treats type 2 diabetes.

Supports weight loss.

Eliminates free radicals.

Boosts immunity.

Fights herpes.

Reduces inflammation.

Bamboo Tea

Bamboo Tea is made from dried leaves to be an herbal decoction.

Bamboo tea has a pale greenish-yellow colour and helps quench thirst and can be drunk at night, as its caffeine-free.

Contains a lot of silica which helps to repair cells.

Strengthens bones, teeth, nails.

Improve skin health

Promotes beautiful, healthy hair.

Its antispasmodic properties make it an excellent remedy against asthmatic attacks, bronchial spasms, and nasal congestion.

Relaxes the stomach, avoiding intestinal spasms.

Good source of antioxidants.

Controls diarrhea.


Just for fun (data from www.statista.com)

What age do you fall under? I'm just at the brink of the 35-44 years old, and yes I do drink a lot of tea! And as for how often I put the kettle on, depends on my mood and which season we're in.

Where to Get Tea in the UK?

Here are some of the online UK tea shops for you to get tea in the UK:

https://www.whittard.co.uk/

https://www.teapigs.co.uk/

https://www.tealyra.co.uk/

https://www.harrods.com/en-gb/...

https://www.theteamakers.co.uk...

https://www.teapalace.co.uk/

Did you find the benefits of some of the tea surprising? Which tea have you tasted and would recommend to family and friends? Which ones would you like to try? No matter where you are in the world, your orders are just a click away. Buy from any UK online health or tea shops and let ForwardVia combine all into one box to save you one shipping cost.

*Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content and information, contained on or available through this blog is for general information purposes only.

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