I just spent the better part of 18 months outside of the U.S., and something I noticed everywhere, from England to Thailand to New Zealand, is the enormous amount of tea consumed in seemingly every country outside of the U.S. For hundreds of years, tea lovers have ranged from British royalty to Buddhist monks. Realizing this made me think that perhaps they’re on to something.
I played around with different types of tea during my travels, and started experimenting with the brands available in the U.S. (Yogi is ALWAYS a good bet). I’ve found there are eight types typically available and are my favorites. They have a range of health benefits and make a great place holder and healthy alternative to that cup or five of coffee you use to kick start your day.
Mint tea is amazing for fighting bloat. If you’re feeling a bit puffy, which we all do from time to time, this is a great option. It subdues abdominal and intestinal discomfort, fights nausea, and kick starts the body’s natural detoxifying process: sweat. If you’re feeling under the weather and it’s your gut that’s bugging you, chances are mint tea is going to be a good solution.
Calling all travelers: ginger tea helps fight the symptoms of motion sickness. It can settle your stomach no matter where you are, but it’s ability to fight carsickness is what earned it a gold star in my book. Whether it was traveling in a rickety truck through rural Myanmar or riding in a train backwards through northern England, ginger tea was a godsend.
So, this may seem like you’re just adding a lemon to your water. Well, that’s kind of what you’re doing, but lemon tea helps control your blood sugar, is a great replacement for some sugary drink that will load you up on unneeded processed sugars, and kick starts your metabolism. My recommendation: make a cup first thing in the morning. It will wake you and your body up and help you get fit to lead!
In case you somehow haven’t heard, green tea is amazing. It helps burn fat, increases brain function and is loaded with antioxidants. It also tastes amazing, so it’s an easy and delicious substitute for other unhealthy beverages you may find yourself indulging in.
If you’re in college, this is one you should take note of. Oolong tea is proven to help brain function and help you focus. If you’re not in college? Well, you may want to pay attention even more. Personally, I find myself less focused now that I am outside of the academic world, and oolong helps whip my mind back into fighting shape so I can stay sharp despite the adult world often offering less mental stimulation than our university days did.
Rosehip can act as a laxative and can help cure digestive problems and constipation. Nobody likes admitting to these issues, but everyone gets them from time to time. This is a more unusual tea, but is often used during cleanses when trying to flush the body of toxins and build-up.
Having trouble falling asleep? Me too, and many others in their 20s who don’t have a clue what they’re doing. In comes chamomile tea! I was a serious insomniac, particularly susceptible to the evils of jet lag, and chamomile tea helped me to zonk out at appropriate times.
Dandelion tea is a great liver detoxifier. I’ll be honest, it tastes a bit earthy, but, honestly, it’s totally tolerable and has amazing health benefits.Whether you fancy a little detox or you had a few too many drinks this weekend, this one is super kind to your liver. And, let’s be honest, we could probably all stand to be a bit nicer to one of our most vital organs.
If you dive further into the world of teas, you’ll find hundreds of options with hundreds of benefits. These are my eight favorites, and should keep you busy for a while. Forget that Cup-O’-Joe for a week and give my teas a try. You won’t regret it!