There Are many varieties of tea and it can be difficult to choose just one. Sometimes, some of us have to try many different teas before we finally find the "one" we really like and can't live without. All Tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis, the difference is in how the tea is manufactured. With that all said, we also realize everyone needs a place to start. The best way to start is by asking yourself this question, what are you looking for in a tea? Are you looking for a full-bodied black tea? a Green tea with a sweet not or one with a vegetal note? An Herbal tea or a non-cafffeinated?
Black tea a nice pick-me-up and is full of Polyphenols, they antioxidants that can help protect your cells from DNA damage.
Earl Grey black tea with oil of bergamot, a good tea that can perk you up and keep you active through the day. Good for digestion and helps fight anxiety and depression.
Smoky tea is a good choice for coffee drinkers. They range from subtle flavor to very earthy, lower (LDL) cholesterol and bring your blood sugar levels down.
Oolong teas can sharpen thinking skills, improve mental alertness, prevent tooth decay, osteoporosis, and heart disease.
Green tea, the most popular tea for losing weight. They vary in flavor from sweet notes to vegetal notes. A tea grown in the shade has increased levels of chlorophyll and higher levels of nutrients in the leaves.
Rooibos, a naturally non-caffeinated tea and a great source of antioxidants. Rich in Polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimutagenic qualities.
Fruit Tisane's are naturally non-caffeinated teas that provide great health benefits and are a digestible form of plant vitamins and nutrients.
White tea is the least oxidized and the mildest in flavor. It has anti-aging properties which help in maintaining good health, wrinkle-free skin and protects the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays.
Jasmine tea has wonderful calming and relaxing effects on the body. It reduces the risk of heart attack, strengthens your immune system, and can lower your cholesterol level.
There is a lot of conflicting information on whether or not tea has caffeine. It does, all teas have some level of caffeine but the level of caffeine depends on where the tea was grown and how is was manufactured. Shade-grown teas have more nutrients and caffeine in the leaves. Pan roasted tea has less caffeine than other green tea. But, tea has less of caffeine than coffee, and if your trying to lower your caffeine consumption. Tea is the way to go!
Peace, Love & Tea
*Tip - you can decaffeinate any tea if you steep your tea leaves for 30 seconds, throw away the liquor and then steep it again according to the directions. This reduces the level of caffeine in the tea leaves*