Healing Herbal Teas
It’s time to Drink Up!
Herbal Teas are made from herbs, fruits, seeds, or roots steeped in hot water, herbal teas have lower concentrations of antioxidants than green, white, black, and oolong teas. Their chemical compositions vary widely depending on the plant used.
Varieties include ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, hibiscus, jasmine, rosehip, mint, rooibos (red tea), chamomile, and echinacea.
Types of Teas –
Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
Black tea: Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.
White tea: Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.
Oolong tea: In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement, but science hasn’t backed the claims.
Pu-erh tea: Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. One animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.
Chamomile tea: Its antioxidants may help prevent complications from diabetes, like loss of vision and nerve and kidney damage, and stunt the growth of cancer cells.
Echinacea: Often touted as a way to fight the common cold, the research on echinacea has been inconclusive.
Hibiscus: A small study found that drinking three cups of hibiscus tea daily lowered blood pressure in people with modestly elevated levels.
Rooibos (red tea): A South African herb that is fermented. Although it has flavonoids with cancer-fighting properties, medical studies have been limited.
Have you ever had your tea leaves read? We offer do it yourself tea leaf reading kits!! The kit includes the teacup and saucer, spoon, tea and a simple little booklet to guide you through the tea leave reading process! So much fun!
Join us for Yoga / meditation with tea
Drinking tea before or after a yoga class can result in surprising benefits. From restorative to hot yoga, we found the best tea pairings for whatever practice you choose.
Tea has disease-fighting antioxidants and other medicinal properties, but did you know that the brew can infuse your yoga practice with healing properties? From drishti-evoking green to cooling peppermint, come in to see which teas to pair with different class styles.
Lock in that calm, rejuvenated feeling with a cup of soothing lavender and mood-boosting chamomile.
Menthol-abundant peppermint activates cells’ cold-sensitive receptors to create a mild cooling sensation
A recent study in Psychopharmacology links polyphenols in green tea to increased cognitive function, making this a go-to brew before a meditation session. Steep some Talbott Teas’ Green Tea Indulgence Loose Leaf
Research suggests that the caffeine in black tea can improve circulation, and in turn keep you from getting lightheaded after a vigorous vinyasa class.
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