Your love for tea will be inevitably seen with how particular you are about your morning tea. Indians have a special admiration for the first tea of the day. Some like it with lots of milk, some with little milk and off late, you will notice people having herbal tea. This inclination towards having herbal isn’t age-old, but has taken off well and now a lot of young and old people have started consuming herbal tea. With umpteen qualities, including pain-relieving, Tea remains one of the most vital drinks of the country today.
Let us find out why and how people get addicted to drinking tea and having tea in moderation has great health benefits. For tea lovers, there may be no time to have tea; however to pull maximum benefits of it, it is needed that you have tea at a certain time only. Before we get into that detail, we must know the impact of tea on the body. When we consume tea, irrespective of the season, it tends to decrease the body temperature. The presence of caffeine in it is responsible for this. As a result, body fat is converted into energy and allows the body to sweat. This leads to decrease in body temperature. Let us look at some essentials while preparing not just tasty but a tea full of qualities.
Things to take care while preparing Tea (chai):
First things first! The process involves boiling the milk first before you add tea bag or tea leaves to it. If you think boiling the milk is a simple procedure, then perceive the fact that it needs to be relentlessly stirred with a spoon so that it thickens and does not burn. In another ceramic vessel, mix 2 grams of tea in 100 mg of water and heat it at 85 ° C. Remember the number of minutes you heat the water and tea mixture is valuable. An ideal time of boiling the tea and water mixture according to BSI, is 6 or less minutes. In such a time, the juice is extracted from the tea in perfect quantity. Post this add some milk and sugar according to your preference. Just a boil and you are good to go. Serve your tea at 60-degree temperature while serving.
Different Types of Teas and Benefits of Tea Consumption
Simple milk Tea and Herbal Tea?
In simple tea, we use milk rather than herbs and normally we consume it for taste or refreshment purposes. While in herbal tea we don’t use milk and we use it for medical purposes like weight loss etc.
Different Types of Teas and Their Benefits:
Tulsi Tea Benefits/( Tulsi Chai):
Tulsi is not only considered sacred, but it also has many healthy properties. Its medicinal properties have been described in detail in Ayurveda. According to the book Healing Foods, basil contains antioxidants, which protect the body from free radicals. Basil leaves are used in fresh, dried or powdered form. But do you know about the properties of tea from basil leaves? There are many benefits of drinking Tulsi tea. Tulsi tea helps in phlegm, cough, cold, asthma or bronchitis problems. It contains immunomodulatory antitussive and expectorant which relieves phlegm and mucus.
Jasmine Tea is a type of herbal tea. The tender fragrance of Jasmine flowers and abundance of quality would be mirrored in this tea. This tea is more popular among the women as it has antioxidant properties. These protect against free radicals and control the effects of aging on the skin. It is also beneficial in high blood pressure. It is also helpful in controlling the cancer cell growth.
How to make Jasmine Tea:
Put four-five dried flowers of jasmine in a cup of water and boil them for five minutes. Usual and Indian version of making Herbal Tea: Not just some leaves, but some more masalas go into making a perfect Indian Herbal Tea. This is most likely to have ginger, basil and fennel as their prime ingredients. This kind of tea is perfect for curing chronic colds, blood circulation, indigestion, fever and headaches and is being used from aeons now. People suffering from acidity are advised to drink fennel water. Herbal tea is also made with these properties in mind. Peppermint Tea: It contains menthol, its intake relieves headache, cold, diarrhea and vomiting.
Purple Tea or Onion Tea
Onion contains many nutritional elements, vitamins and many other minerals. So, onion tea is very beneficial for health. Vitamin-C, phytochemicals are found in plenty in onion tea and are quintessential in developing immunity and body’s resistance to fight diseases. Not just that, it is also good in curing multiple diseases. Below are the benefits of onion tea.
Benefits of Onion Tea:
- First and foremost, we must understand that white onions and purple onions differ in the qualities they have. So purple onions only must be used to make this tea.
- Beneficial in cancer: Onion tea has a property called quercetin. This helps in reducing cancer cells as Quercetin has anti-carcinogenic potential.
- Keeping the digestive system right: If your metabolism is slow and your digestion is affected, then during the day, a cup of onion tea would be helpful.
- Owing to fiber onion has, it successfully removes toxins from the body and intestines.
- Benefits in sugar disease: Diabetes is a common problem with many Indians. When suffering from diabetes, onion tea becomes a great relief.
- Consuming this tea leads to the removal of vitamin deadicles responsible for diabetes. Onion has anti-inflammatory properties. Which provide relief from swelling and pain in body parts. To get rid of this problem, you need to drink onion tea as frequently as possible.
How to make Onion Tea
Easy method of making onion tea:
- First cut the onion into small pieces.
- Boil some water in a pot.
- After boiling the water, add chopped onions.
- Then add lemon juice and green tea to it.
- Now filter it and add honey according to your taste. Drink it hot.
Kombucha tea is made by fermenting sweet black tea through bacteria and yeast, which has a slightly sweet, carbonated, and acidic taste. This tea is enriched with many nutritional properties such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidants.
Benefits of Kombucha Tea
- Kombucha tea helps to maintain digestion system.
- Kombucha tea is helpful in detoxifying the body.
- Kombucha tea is considered good for the heart.
- Kombucha tea has anti-cancer properties.
How to make Kombucha Tea
8-10 black or green tea bags, 10 glasses of water, sugar, a kombucha SCOBY (yeast and bacteria), and a jar of glass.
- Boil water in a pan.
- Now add tea bags and remove them after 15 minutes.
- Now put this mixture in a glass jar and put kombucha SCOBY on top and close the jar.
- Your kombucha tea will be ready.
- This Mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week.
Some people consider White tea and tea made from milk are same. While it is tea with milk, it is made with white leaves that are healthy and expensive both. This is a rare type of tea. Its leaves are picked and cut before the buds are fully open. These have white hair on them. This tea undergoes minimal processing and is also not fermented. It is lighter in flavor and has less caffeine and more antioxidant properties.
Benefits of White Tea:
- This tea is very effective. For this reason, this tea is very expensive and it is called ‘Sanjeevani Tea’.
- It contains less caffeine, so that there is no problem of loss of appetite. Also, it does not affect sleep.
- It is also helpful in weight gain.
- It prevents wrinkles.
How to make white tea
- First, boil 1 cup of water.
- You can add 2 teaspoons of white tea leaves directly to the water or even in a soaking basket.
- Add white tea leaves for 6 to 10 minutes.
- Sieve the water in a cup.
- Now enjoy your healthy antioxidant beverages.
Benefits of Green Tea Consumption
What is Green Tea? It is a kind of plant. Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis. This plant contains antioxidants, caffeine, and amino acids. It also contains vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Green tea contains the most essential antioxidant EGCg. It is found only in green tea in large quantities. It contains antithratic, antibacterial, antigenomic, antioxidant, antiviral, neuroprotective, and cholesterol-lowering elements. According to experts, the effect of green tea is reflected after prolonged drinking.
- Relief in pain and swelling: If you have any type of injury that is painful consuming green tea heals the injury and diminishes the pain.
- Green-tea is a natural antioxidant. This removes all the waste of your body i.e. toxins. It can also help with weight loss. A cup of green-tea 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch, and dinner can prove to be effective in weight loss.
Chrysanthemum / Chrysanthium Tea
Chrysanthemum i.e. Chrysanthium Tea: This tea is quite popular in East Asia. This tea is known for its taste and aroma. It contains a lot of vitamins A and C, besides it also contains iron, calcium, fiber, and carotene. Along with eye dryness, its intake is also beneficial in skin diseases. This tea also cools the body heat with benefits in colds, phlegm, and fever.
Black Tea Benefits
Black tea: It is quick to make but hits the system too. It is hard tea because of the high caffeine content and has the highest sales worldwide. Drinking plain black tea without sugar makes antioxidants and is beneficial in reducing heart diseases.
Lemon Tea Benefits:
People with bad mouth odor must consume Lemon Tea. Lemon provides freshness and removes the stench that comes from the mouth. Along with this, drinking it benefits even if there is a sore throat. Drink a cup of lemon tea helps in getting rid of stomach related problems too. Avoid consuming lemon tea in case you have ulcers.
Oolong Tea Benefits:
Oolong Tea: It originated in China and is considered to be in between black and green tea. This has a rather different taste as compared to other teas. The amazing thing is that oolong tea is made by grinding it in a special kind of pot of gaiwan.
Rose Tea Benefits:
Its name suggests that it is made of rose leaves. Consuming it eliminates stomach problems and also improves facial skin. It contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, which is very beneficial for healthy skin and bones.
Note: Excessive consumption of tea is also harmful to the health because tea contains caffeine which increases our blood pressure. We should avoid more than 3 cups of tea per day. As well as, we shouldn’t take tea along with food or immediately after food. It will lead to high BP and other health diseases.