Spruce up your Daily Green Tea! by Rickey Jones

Green tea undoubtedly has multiple health benefits for someone who drinks it daily. However, not all green teas have a good taste. Few can be tannic and bitter and may leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth. At The Tea Trove, we provide different natural flavours of fruits, flowers, herbs, and spices that can be added to your tea to make it more interesting and tastier.

Here are few of the flavours that will work best with any of the green teas available: Marigold: Marigold, also known as Calendula, is a yellow or orange coloured flower used as a colouring and flavouring agent for foods as rice, cereals and soups. However, the Calendula tea made from the petals of the Calendula flower has been brewed as a natural medicine for thousands of years. As with most of the herbal teas, the Calendula tea also has a number of health benefits like reducing inflammation, promoting wound healing, and as an antiseptic. Rose: Simply the fragrance of this light herbal tea is enough to calm a tired mind! Light and fragrant like a delicate perfume, the infusion is soothing, soft and refreshing. These intensely fragrant and beautiful rose petals release an almost euphoric aroma and flavour. It helps in building a strong immune system, strengthening the digestive system and in detoxification.

Lemon Peel: Lemon peel is the outer skin of the citrus fruit, lemon. Because the peel is where the essential oils of the fruit reside, it retains its robust flavour, even when dried. It provides a refreshing, lemony flavour to the tea blends.

Orange Peel: The orange peel is a perfect ingredient for a refreshing herbal blend. With undertones of grapefruit, the orange peel makes a rich, hearty, and tangy blend. It lends a deep aroma to your tea blend and adds a unique citrusy flavour.

Chamomile: Chamomile tea is known to be a natural stress reducer. However, that’s not the only thing it does. Its vast healing properties will surprise you! It cures sleeping problems, is an antidepressant, an anti-inflammatory, and also deals with menstrual cramps You can also use chamomile tea bags to topically treat tired eyes, dark circles around eyes and treat bee stings, acne and burns. This caffeine free herbal infusion is delicious served with honey.

Lemongrass: Lemongrass is a cooling, clear, and crisp herbal tea with a distinctive, spicy, lemony aroma. It has a zesty flavour reminiscent of lemon. Add it as a complementing flavour to your favourite tea blend, or drink it on its own. Either way, you can reap its medicinal properties and its various health benefits like stress reduction, better digestion, and to relieve fatigue. Peppermint: Our whole Peppermint leaf infusion is striking and strong, with a fantastically fresh and cleansing minty flavour. Great both as a hot and iced tea, peppermint helps soothe an upset stomach, and can also help clear out a cold. If you have dry or dull skin, drinking peppermint tea can help your skin to rid itself of dead skin cells and get you glowing.

Tulsi: Tulsi also known as Holy Basil, an ancient Ayurvedic herb, is one of roughly 60 species of the Basil family. A Tulsi tea has a crisp flavour with slightly peppery notes and a grassy clean finish. It contains antioxidants and strengthens the body against fatigue and stress. With anti-viral properties, Tulsi also helps reduce inflammation, stomach illness, and headaches. This tea is completely organic, all natural, and contains no GMOs.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon lends a delicious sweet flavour to any tea blend. It gives out a heady aroma that will instantly uplift our mood. Lower your cholesterol – and protect your heart health – with this cinnamon tea. It is filled with potent antioxidants, improves circulation, and reduces swelling and pains.

Ginger: Ginger provides a warm, comforting taste to your tea. Milk, sugar, and even honey, blend well with a cup of ginger tea. Rich in digestive enzymes that help the body process and digest food, it also quells inflammation and reduces joint pain. It also helps calm motion sickness.

 

The Antioxidising Benefits of Green Tea

People have been drinking green tea for centuries now. This is probably one of the oldest beverage preparation in history. Have you ever wondered why people drink green tea until now? Well, studies have proven that drinking green tea has a lot of health benefits. For one, it is well known to have antioxidising benefits. The animal kingdom needs oxygen in order to survive and that includes the humans.

Body processes need oxygen. This element is abundantly found in the air and with proper intake, it burns the glucose and fat present in the body to supply the needed heat and energy. So you see, oxygen is an essential element needed by the body but anything in excess is harmful and too much oxygen can also have negative effects.

The byproducts of oxidation are free radicals. Sometimes, other molecules interact with the free radicals and so these molecules are also turned into free radicals which can disrupt the normal functioning of the said molecules. If this continue to happen, it could lead to tissue damage and finally, cell destruction.

There are even times when the abnormal functioning of molecules can lead to certain degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, artherosclerosis, cancer, heart diseases, and Parkinson’s disease. Humans are quite fortunate because their bodies are equipped with the right defenses in order to prevent the free radical’s harmful effects.

By eating a lot of fruits and vegetables which contain antioxidants, the free radicals are prevented from causing any harm to the human body. Aside from fruits and vegetables, you can also get antioxidants from green tea. As you can see, by drinking green tea and eating the right amount of fruits and veggies, you can prevent diseases and cell damage.

The tea plant or Camellia Sinensis is popular for its antioxidants which fights diseases. The Chinese people have been using the tea plant for centuries and you can usually find green tea in every household. The Chinese believe that the tea is a very healthy beverage whic promotes good health and well being. Aside from China, green tea is also widely used in Thailand, India, and Japan.

Traditional Chinese and Indian medicines usually contain green tea because it can serve as a stimulant, an astringent (to heal wounds and control bleeding), as a diuretic (to promote the excretion of urine), and an agent that can improve the heart’s health. Green tea is rich in polycatechins which is responsible for the many health benefits. The tea also contains other ingredients which further enhance its antioxidising properties.

Catechins are powerful antioxidants. Aside from it, green tea contains vitamins C, E, and A. It also has properties which makes it anti-carcinogenic, neuro-protective, cardio-protective, and anti-microbial. Green tea is well known to prevent cancer because of the antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate.

Now that you know the benefits of drinking green tea, don’t you think it’s also time that you start taking it? Let healing wonders of green tea improve your overall health. There are now a lot of green tea products sold in the market at very affordable prices. aside from the green tea drinks, you can also find health supplements which contain extracts of green tea. For optimum health and well being, try to incorporate green tea to you diet.

If you’re trying to lose weight or you simply want to maintain your current weight, it would also help a lot if you make it a habit to drink green tea before, during, and after meals. But always remember, too much of anything can also be harmful. So just take green tea in the right amount.