Spilling the Tea

 

Your girl is known for a few things: wearing adidas, owning ten leather jackets, and having an obsession with tea. I have entire shelf in my kitchen dedicated to boxes of teas, loose leaf tea packets, cute little tea infusers, honey and about 10 mugs. I take tea very seriously.

I came out of the womb drinking tea. One of my fondest memories when I was a little girl was running outside to bring my dad his unsweetened iced black tea with lemon to him while he was doing yard work in the summer. It always made his day! And eventually it became a thing in my family, we all drank iced tea at every meal.

Coffee gives me headaches. There was a point in the fall of junior year when I was ADDICTED to having an iced soy latte every single day to my wallets dismay. Sugar and caffeine were a recipe for disaster. Working at a Starbucks that previous summer was to blame. The only thing to help me open our cafe at 5am every day was 2-3 cups of coffee. Disgusting.

I can preach all day about the benefits of tea in every form and why you should consider going cold turkey with the love of your life, Joe. So here is a breakdown of my personal favorite kinds of teas and benefits of each.

 

Matcha Green Tea

 

 

Taste: Grassy notes

Benefits: Unlike traditional green tea, matcha is thicker consistency since it is taking the green tea leaves and crushing them into a powder. From the leaves you are obtaining catechin called EGCG which is believed to benefit in warding off cancer cells. Matcha is also good for lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and easing anxiety.

Caffeine Level: Low/Mid

Try: Grace Matcha Green Tea

 

Japanese Sencha Green Tea

 

Taste: Bittersweet, grassy

Benefits: Drinking Sencha tea aids in lowering the risks of cancer, boosting your metabolism which helps aid in weight loss and clearer skin, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, boosts energy thanks to its minerals and antioxidants and the high vitamin C that’ll boost your immune system. This tea also boosts cognitive stimulation which helps you remain focused, helps keep your breath smelling fresh and is linked to reducing stress and anxiety.

Caffeine Level: Medium

Try: Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha Green Tea

 

Irish Breakfast Black Tea

 

 

Tastes: Citrus, Malt Spice

Benefits: Stronger than an English Breakfast black tea, this tea lowers your risk for cardiovascular diseases, strengthens the immune system, soothes sore throats, nerves and enhances relaxation, aids in blood circulation, strengthens teeth and aids in preventing cavities when consumed without sweetener.

Caffeine Level: High

Try: Twinings Irish Breakfast

 

Earl Grey Black Tea

 

Tastes: Citrus, Sweet Vanilla

Benefits: Earl Grey contains high levels of catechins that are proven to be good for your teeth, in preventing certain cancers, and reducing risks of heart disease. It also fights anxiety and depression which provides stress relief. This tea has been known to improve digestion and boosts metabolism which aids in weight loss.

Caffeine Level: High

Try: David’s Tea Organic Cream of Earl Grey

 

Ginger Turmeric Lemon Green Tea

 

 

Tastes: Soothing Ginger, Sweet Lemon and notes of Tart Turmeric

Benefits: Just like many green teas, this tea aids in promoting weight loss and boosting the immune system which helps clear up skin. The ginger and turmeric also help in eliminating bloating and easing upset stomachs and digestion. This tea also boosts cognitive stimulation and is proven to regulate diabetes and protecting the heart.

Caffeine Level: Low/None

Try: Numi Ginger Lemon Green Tea

 

Mint Herbal Tea

 

 

Tastes: Spearmint, Peppermint

Benefits: Mint tea is commonly used in aiding upset stomachs and to reduce bloating. Other benefits include improving oral health, boosting the immune system to fight against the common cold/flu, reducing fever, calming nausea, and boosting cognitive stimulation help you remain alert and focused. The herbal antioxidants also promote healthy skin and hair as well as reduces the feelings of anxiety and stress.

Caffeine Level: Low/None

Try: Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea

How's that for spilling the tea?