I’m a big tea fan. I drink tea to make me feel more energised, I drink tea to help me wind down at the end of the day, I drink tea to curb my insatiably sweet tooth, and I drink tea when I’m feeling bloated and gross. I reckon there is a tea for every occasion, every ailment and every feeling.
My favourite way to drink tea is on a lawn chair under the mango tree in our back yard, out of a thermos while playing bocce in the park, or that first morning cup of green tea that helps me greet the day with a smile instead of a primal scream.
Oh, and I always have my Urban Nanna tea cup cosy (see pic at top of page) so my wee owly friend keeps my company as I sip.
Also, tea helps me to not drink wine all the time. Wine for breakfast is apparently frowned upon in some cultures. Pfffffft.
So I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite teas and what they’re awesome for.
- Green: Oh, I don’t know, not much – just some amazeballs antioxidants that will reduce your risk of eleventy billion types of cancer, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, cholesterol, clogging of the arteries and stroke. You might want to try it IF YOU DON’T WANT TO DIE TOMORROW.
- Black: Some studies have shown black tea can reduce the risk of lung cancer as well as stroke. Oh, and it has the highest caffeine content of all the teas so that’s a win in itself.
- White (uncured, unfermented tea leaves): apparently has the highest anti-cancer properties of all the teas. And that’s saying something.
- Licorice: curb a sweet tooth (I hate – I mean HATE the licorice that you buy as a lolly at the supermarket. If you haven’t tried licorice tea, I strongly recommend you do. It’s fab. Thanks to Sarah Wilson for this idea.)
- Chamomile: great for soothing a dodgy belly, nausea, diarrhoea, menstrual cramps – anything that you don’t talk about at the dinner table, really. Also supposed to be great for mild anxiety.
- Ginger: pretty much the same as chamomile, so go with the one you prefer the taste of. I’m more of a ginger girl, myself.
- Cinnamon (one of my faves at night time): good for winter chills or for those that feel the cold, apparently. I just like it because it’s delish and it allows me to fantasise I am drinking a mug of hot apple pie.
- Fennel: great for indigestion. I just like the taste of this one too.
- Lavender: great for soothing and calming – and for making you smell like your grandma’s undies drawer.
- Peppermint: great for digestive issues, clearing a snuffly nose, and for menopause. That is one multi-talented tea!
For a big-arse list of what tea to drink to treat which ailment, check out Body and Soul.
And then there are just the teas that I love to drink because they’re delicious: genmaicha (brown rice tea), Earl Grey and chai – not that pissy chai syrup in a bottle either, I’m talking awesome proper chai tea made with milk. I honestly have a cupboard at home dedicated only to tea. I was going to take a photo of it to show you but it’s so messy and I can’t be arsed tidying it. But you know how some women fantasise about having a walk-in cupboard for their shoes? I’d like one for my tea. T2 sends me into spasms of delight.