The Properties and Benefits
So my lovelies how did the weekend treat you? If your British I do hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather we had? I have had a busy weekend as usual with two little boys and it was also my partners birthday. So lots of fun with family and friends, cakes and pizza, mine was lovely!
Lets move on to a very serious topic in MY life I know that much. Also anyone who knows me personally, will know, this is a topic close to my heart!
Know I now that sounds ridiculous but I could not survive with out it. However I have noticed recently a lot of ‘Celeb’ ‘detox, anti wrinkle, super amazing, time travelling, grow your hair and breasts tea (lol). Whilst I was seeing this I couldn’t help but think all of these ‘magic’ ingredients probably weren’t needed! That the natural teas (in leaf or bag form) would already have their own benefits and of course they do.
What we Brits would consider ‘normal’ tea (black leaves) actually hinders your absorption of iron so consuming lots is bad for you! These teas will be a good alternative (especially for me) with some added health bonus’ thrown in! Such as vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes to name but a few.
So here they are just for you…….
So this tea can help you sleep better, helps ease a sore stomach AND period pain.
There was a recent study lead by Elaine Holmes, Ph.D. focusing on 7 men and 7 women drinking 5 cups of this tea daily. What they found was significant levels of hippurate and these hippurates are associated to an increased anti-bacterial activity! This means fighting bacteria (illness) from the inside helping with common colds and similar ailments. Although this study is not yet conclusive they have made good head way in it so checkout Science Daily for more on the study.
The reason researchers believe it helps you sleep is because it’s thought drinking the tea heightens your levels of glycine. This chemical is released by your body to relax your muscles and works like a mild sedative. This would also be the reason it helps with stomach cramps and such as well.
So in recent years we have all heard about this one but I’ve been drinking it for years! I’m not actually a fan of the taste (lol maybe you have a tip for me?) but yes I still drink it but why?
So this tea contains bio-active compounds (literally means ‘has an effect on organic beings) and they’re good ones as most of the compounds are antioxidants. The most prevalent is Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) and this has been linked to helping many ailments and even DISEASES!
It also has a better ratio of caffeine than coffee so it will prep you up with out sending you crazy! (We all know one coffee drinker who shouldn’t be = Totally me lol)
For more benefits of this tea check out Authoritynutrition for an extensive list.
So I couldn’t find the ACTUAL difference between a lemon tea you buy in a Supermarket but I should imagine using Lemon Balm (It’s a leafy plant) would be more effective self brewed with the leaves. Mostly due to the natural compounds, vitamins etc and the fact sugar levels will probably be A LOT lower!!
The benefits of this tea are plentiful and the list just goes on and on. The first is healthier skin (never apply lemon directly to your face as this will more than likely irritate it). We all know eating and drinking has an effect on our skin and how it looks (spots!). That’s because when you have a high sugar and simple carbohydrate diet “Your body responds by cranking out more insulin, which increases the production of skin oils and contributes to the clogging of follicles. It can wreak havoc on your skin,” says Valori Treloar, MD. (WebMd). Lemon is also commonly used in face mask as the it can lighten and exfoliate your skin. So drinking should help with keeping a fresh face. Also thanks to the vitamin c levels.
Another benefit of lemon tea is it helps when we have colds. A little honey and a little bit of sugar yummmm. It works well because it has good level of Vitamin C to help your immune system and Vitamin B6 which helps energy levels
If you want to know more head over to dermatocare.com for more information.
Well there you have it my lovelies, TEA!! In all its glory and I love it! I only covered three but if you want to see more get over to my Social Media pages and comment #TahneesTea and I will happily write another as I found this so interesting. I’m also going to be trying new teas in the future and enjoying all their benefits!
Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoyed it! Come back Thursdsy for another blog and until then enjoy your week!
Lots of Love