The Tea Reference Guide: Part 2

Since writing my first post in this series, I told my boyfriend about it and he’s been helping me write up little blurbs on each tea. I think I might be winning him over, he was really curious as to what rose hip tea tastes like. He asked me if all tea was bitter, and if it was normal to put sugar in tea if you wanted to, and I’m liking these questions. After we write about my favourite teas, I think I’ll write a post about steeping times and sweetening teas, he can’t be the only person with these questions on his mind. Anyway, without further ado, here are another three of my favourite teas and I do hope you’ll give them a try.

Rooibos

I actually only had Rooibos for the first time a couple of years ago, when I was visiting a new tea house that opened up in downtown Toronto. It tasted nothing like I’d ever had before, so much earthier and herbal than what I was expecting when I tipped the teapot down to pour out some of the red tea. When I drink this, it feels like it’s good for me, and considering it’s a herbal tea, I’m not surprised. This South African tea has been praised in its country of origin for decades, where people claim all sorts of health benefits. Science hasn’t really explored Rooibos very much, but some promising studies suggest that it’s good for reducing heart disease risk, and for improving bone health. I like this tea warm and without any sugar, I’ve had it iced but it’s one of the few teas that I prefer hot.

Ginger Tea

My mother brewed a pot of ginger and turmeric tea every day for years when I was younger, insisting that everyone drink a mug after dinner. It was our miracle drink that would help fight colds and speed up recovery like nothing else. It’s not surprising, since ginger and turmeric are both amazing, but we’re going to talk about ginger tea right now. Ginger encourages your immune system to kick nasty things out of your body, helps relieve nausea, and relieve stomach problems! Science even suggests that ginger can help with period pain, and improve diabetes’ symptoms! Ginger tea is delicious hot, another one that I prefer on the warmer side, and I need to have sugar with this tea. My favourite way to have this is with milk and sugar.

Chamomile Tea

Everyone knows this tea, even my boyfriend. We all know that chamomile is a great bedtime tea, helps calm you down, and that it’s got a delicate floral flavour that’s soothing and beautiful. Science backs up the statement that chamomile is good for sleep problems, and now science suggests that it may help depression and be a preventative agent in supressing stomach issues, diabetes symptoms, and PMS. Chamomile seems to work best for me when it’s warm, and I don’t really put a lot of sugar in my cup because I drink it when I need to wind down.

 

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