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Tea for Health Benefits

Updated on February 3, 2015
Green Tea
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Drinking Tea For The Health Of It

Drinking tea on a regular basis is a wonderful gift to your body.

There are many different kinds of tea out there and the choices can be overwhelming for someone who is looking to benefit from their nutritional value.

All teas are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. These can dramatically improve or resolve many issues such as:

  • removal of free radicals in the body’s cells
  • improved immune system
  • relief from gastrointestinal issues
  • support heart health
  • lower cholesterol
  • reduce wrinkles and increase collagen in the skin
  • eliminate acne, eczema and psoriasis
  • relieve asthma symptoms
  • eliminate menstrual cramps and help regulate periods
  • improve quality and duration of sleep
  • enhance memory and focus
  • increase in bowel production and weight loss

Which Tea Is Best?

Any tea that is consumed on a regular basis will help anyone feel and look better.

There are some tea’s that contain unique qualities that may interest someone who is looking for relieve of a particular symptom or issue.

Some of the common and not so common tea’s and their benefits are described here to make it easier to choose the right one for everyone.

The more common varieties of tea can be purchased in the local grocery store, while some of the less common tea is only available at health stores or on-line.

Green Tea

Green tea leaves are steamed instead of fermented like other tea, this contributes to the high levels of antioxidants.

Numerous studies in Japan and The Netherlands have shown amazing results with Green Tea’s influence on fighting cancer, heart disease prevention and weight loss.

This amazing tea has helped eliminate cancer cells so it is equally beneficial to those who have cancer and for those who are seeking to prevent cancer cells from cultivating.

Green tea has been used successfully in slowing and preventing dementia.

Regular daily consumption of green tea has proven to support bone strength due to its high mineral content. This has also been evident in showing less severe cases of arthritis and other bone and joint diseases.

It is suggested that people drink 3 cups of brewed Green Tea per day to reap its benefits. Bottled and decaffeinated Green Tea does not have the same level of antioxidants as the fresh brewed so the benefits are considerably less.

White Tea

White tea has more antioxidants than any other tea mentioned. The many benefits those provide alone is enough to make a person drink it every day but there is more.

White tea kills viruses and bacteria so it is enormously helpful in preventing cold’s, the flu and other viruses and infections that invade the body.

This tea contains fluoride also and is helpful in preventing tooth decay.

White tea is also know to block fat absorption and is recommended drinking two cups with meals. The benefits are masked in the fact that it doesn’t have a strong flavor like many other teas.

Black Tea

Black Tea is one of the most common, widely consumed teas. There is good reason for that.

It helps digestion, increases the immune system, and has a significant amount of L-theanine which aids in relaxation and staying focused.

There have been numerous studies showing that consuming black tea can dramatically reduce different kinds of cancer due to the presents of TF-2 which kills cancer cells while healthy cells are unaffected.

Some have seen a significant reduction in the occurrence of oral cancers in those who use tobacco products.

Black tea has a lower amount of caffeine than coffee, just enough to stimulate blood flow and alertness without causing erratic nerves.

Sage Tea
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Sage Tea

Sage tea has been used for many health benefits.

It is extremely helpful at calming nerves and increasing positive mood and memory. It is highly beneficial at soothing an upset stomach or gas.

This has been widely used as a fever reducer as well.

Sage tea has been used orally as an anti-inflammatory, it will sooth a sore throat, mouth sores, swollen tonsils and tooth abscesses.It has also been used topically to treat abrasions on the skin.

Sage tea has shown remarkable effects on reducing excessive sweating also. It has been prescribed for decades to menopausal women who suffer from hot flashes and night sweats.

To make Sage tea, simply boil one cup of water, remove from heat and add 1 tsp. of dried sage. Wait 10 minutes, strain the particles and sweeten with honey or add lemon if desired.

Where Did Tea Come From?

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Nile Delta, Egypt
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The origin of Chamomile

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Africa
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The Origin of Hibiscus

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South Africa
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Origin of Rooibos

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England, UK
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Origin of Nettles

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Jiangnan, Nanning, Guangxi, China
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Origin of Green Tea

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Dalmatia, PA 17017, USA
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Origin of Sage

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Fujian, China
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Origin of Oolong Tea and White Tea

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India
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Origin of Ginger

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Xizang (Tibet), China
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Origin of Black Tea

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Mississippi River, Minnesota, USA
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Origin of Echinacea

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is highly effective for supporting weight loss for numerous reasons.

It increases the metabolism while decreasing the body’s absorption of calories. While doing this, Oolong tea helps to turn the fat the body is burning into energy.

This tea also helps reduce cholesterol by lowering the amount of insulin created by too many carbohydrates.

People who drink Oolong tea have noticed a dramatic improvement in skin health also. It has helped clear up acne and eczema in less than 30 days.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is widely known to be very calming and promote restful sleep.

It also works wonders on stomach and gastrointestinal problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, nausea and excessive gas or bloating.

This tea also has anti-bacterial properties and will help with mouth sores and an irritated throat when gargled.

Echinacea Tea

Echinacea tea does remarkable things to boost the immune system but it doesn’t stop there.

These wonderful herbs can help to reduce eczema and psoriasis by simply drinking the tea or adding 8-10 tea bags to a hot bath.

Brewed Echinacea tea bags can also be very soothing and helpful with insect bites, hemorrhoids, and minor scrapes and cuts. Simply soak the tea bag as you would if you were drinking the tea, allow to cool, then apply to the affected area for 15 minutes.

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea has been proven to dramatically reduce high blood pressure.

Hibiscus tea has high levels of electrolytes so it is a calorie free way to replenish the body after a work-out or other physical exertion.

It has a beautiful red color and a tart taste. 

Ginger Tea with Honey
Ginger Tea with Honey | Source

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea has many amazing benefits for the body.

It has been used to relieve menstrual cramps and promote healthy periods without clotting, it is an anti-inflammatory which has helped many with arthritis and other chronic pain, and will prevent or reduce the length of the common cold.

Ginger tea has been used to reduce nausea due to illness, pregnancy, or motion sickness. Other digestive benefits are, reduction of gas and bloating and it helps digestion.

Ginger tea is also highly beneficial when used externally. A cloth soaked in ginger tea can relieve joint pain and cramps as well!

Ginger tea can be bought or made right at home. To make the tea, peal a two inch section of ginger root and slice into small pieces. Combined two cups of water and fresh ginger in a pot, bring to a boil. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes, remove from heat and let it set for 5 minutes or so. Strain out the ginger pieces and enjoy. Add honey or lemon to taste.

Pu-erh tea

Pu-erh tea has similar health benefits of green tea but it has a richer, more robust flavor. Coffee drinkers often find that they prefer this to other teas.

Unlike some other teas, Pu-erh contains Zinc, vitamin E, and Magnesium which boosts the immune system and helps to maintain strong bones.

It has been said that this tea will shrink fat cells and speed digestion. Its full flavor makes it a perfect addition to breakfast.

Rooibos (red tea)

Rooibos is actually an herb and not a standard tea but it is consumed like tea.

It is naturally decaffeinated so it is perfect for people who struggle with insomnia. Rooibos tea has many vitamins and nutrients including: calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, fluoride, and copper. These properties make this tea incredibly beneficial to strong bones, stronger immune system, and improved oral health.

This tea is gently enough to give to infants to relieve colic and uncomfortable gas.

Rooibos has been effective in relieving allergies also. It is commonly used in South Africa to treat Eczema and Hay Fever.

Nettle Tea

Nettle tea is most commonly known to be an effective aid in treatment for urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and gall stones.

There have also been numerous reports of nettle tea relieving allergy and asthma symptoms, as well as tuberculosis.

This tea has been used for arthritis, tendinitis and has provided tremendous relief from other joint disorders.

While adding nettle tea to your daily diet is highly beneficial, it is recommended that no more than 3 cups per day are consumed.

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      Roxanne Lewis 24 months ago from Washington

      I'm so sorry to hear that, Rooibos tea is certainly a good choice but the flavor isn't for everyone. When it comes to a sore throat, any caffinated tea will help. Add fresh, organic lemon and raw honey if possible. The caffeine, vitamin C from the lemon and the antibacterial propererties from the honey will absorb directly into the cells on your throat. It will heal faster and feel better! This is sort of off topic but if you have any fresh garlic, that will help too! Peel a cut one clove, let it set 10-20 min, then swallow it like a pill. Do this 3+ times per day

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      nompumelelo-SA 24 months ago

      My tonsils are swollen,they hurt so much should i take rooibos without sugar added

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Thank you!

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      You should be able to find it if you live in Washington. I forgot to say that the one tea I don't drink (unless I don't have a choice) is Lipton. Red Rose is a very smooth tea, not bitter like I feel Lipton is

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Thank you Danette Watt! I've never tried Red Rose but I'm going to keep my eyes out for it :)

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      I've been a tea drinker all my life. I grew up drinking a brand called Red Rose which until a few years ago, was really only available in states bordering Canada. I don't like herbal teas but am trying to expand my teas to include some of the others you mention here.

      I thought your photos were very nice, simple but effective visuals.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Very Very Nice article! This hub looks amazing!

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      JayeWisdom, those are my favorites too! During the summer I like to add some peaches or oranges to my iced green tea for a citrus flavor.

      I'm waiting for the wrinkles to go away too! :)

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Very good article. I stopped drinking sodas several years ago and replaced them with tea. Being a Southerner (USA), I enjoy iced tea (sweetened with stevia, not sugar). I mostly drink black tea and green tea, but occasionally white tea. After reading your article, I will add more white tea. I also drink 2-3 cups coffee (with chicory--another Southern thing!) daily.

      It's good to know I'm doing something that will help my body while I enjoy it. (By the way, when can I expect to see my wrinkles disappear? lol)

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      I am also an avid coffee drinker. Everything they say about coffee in the NW is true! I have added tea to my regular routine though simply because it does so much for you and it's really quite good. I must admit that I use two bags when I make it so the flavor will be stronger.

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      I agree with you completely! The more I learn, the more I love them! Thank you :)

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Though I am coffee drinker, occasionally I switch over to tea (especially if I'm feeling under the weather) and I'm amazed at how much better I feel. Should be a big hint that I should become a fulltime tea drinker, huh. Great hub. Voted up and useful.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I'm a believer in the restorative properties of herbal teas. Many things can be healed through the plant life we have been given on earth. You've done a great job of outlining the choices and what they can be used for. Voted up and shared!

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Thanks adjkp25! I live in Seattle so I've always been a die hard coffee drinker, but I've been experimenting with different teas for the last few years. Once I heard how healthy they are, I just had to do it! :)

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      David 5 years ago from Northern California

      I love all of the different types of tea that you have on display here. I used to think that tea was just tea until my wife educated me on the many different kinds available. Now I have my own favorites that I like to drink.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      I have to confess that Green Tea is still my favorite but White and Black Tea are a close second! Rooibos is by far the one with the most health benefits but it's harder to find. Thank you for your awesome comment!!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      I was never a tea drinker until I discovered rooibos tea. When I was trying to lose weight I gave green tea a try, and it always gave me a tummy ache. So now I've switched over to rooibos tea and it's my favorite so far. Eichanecea tea also works wonders!!! I never thought about brewing tea with sage leaves so I might give that a try since they're growing like crazy in my garden!

      Great hub Roxanne! Very thorough and informative.:-)

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      I hope you discover some new favorites! Thank you! :)

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      This is a great list with just enough information about each. I also really like your photos. I have some new teas to try now!

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      What a great idea! I never thought of adding fennel seed but i love the flavor! I'm going to try that. :-)

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Very informative and well written hub. My favorite is chamomille tea, I have it at night and I add with fennel seeds in it. :)