Tea is a well-loved drink worldwide and is often times used as an alternative to coffee. There are a wide variety of teas, so it's not hard to find on that matches your tastes. While these yummy drinks can be served hot or cold, they also possess other benefits than just being a refreshing drink. These benefits range from helping your body maintain certain functions to giving you an energy boost. From oolong to rooibos, here are 10 different kinds of teas that can perk you up.
10 Green Tea
One of the most common forms green tea comes in is matcha. You can even find matcha flavored chocolate! If matcha is too bitter for you, not to worry. There are several other kinds of green tea like dragonwell or kukicha, which are more on the sweet side. Green tea is known to be good for promoting digestion, so drinking it during or after meals may be beneficial. Some varieties are low in caffeine, so you won't have to worry about it keeping you up in the evening.
9 Chamomile Tea
Perhaps one of the better-known teas out there, chamomile tea is quite easily found in most stores. Fun fact, chamomile flowers shared the same family as daisies. If you find yourself particularly restless or anxious, chamomile tea might be for you. It contains a compound called apigenin, which binds certain receptors in your brain. When those specific receptors are bound by a substance, it sends a message to your brain to slow down activity. In other words, it tells your brain to relax and chill out. Best of all, chamomile tea doesn't contain caffeine either, so it's no problem to drink some right before bed.
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8 Raspberry Leaf Tea
This tea might not be as well-known as the others, but it's just as helpful. If you've got awful PMS symptoms like cramping or nausea, raspberry leaf tea may help. It contains a compound called fragarine, that helps relax your uterine muscles. Often, the reason people feel like throwing up during their periods because the cramp pain is bad. This tea takes care of two symptoms in one. It also contains calcium and magnesium, which also helps reduce the severity of cramps!
7 Black Tea
Often consumed with milk and sugar, black tea is another quite popular tea. Black tea actually comes from the same plant as green tea but is oxidized, hence the difference. Black tea contains antioxidants (polyphenols) that protect your DNA as well as caffeine, making it good for a quick pick me up. Don't drink too much though, or you might just in be for some caffeine jitters, just like the ones that you can get from too much coffee.
6 White Tea
White tea is relatively unprocessed compared to other teas and also contains a greater amount of antioxidants compared to other teas. Anti-elastase and anti-collagenase have been found in white tea extracts, which may be linked to lesser aging of our skin. Collagen helps maintain our skin's elasticity. Drinking white tea might be a better strategy than using collagen creams to preserve our skin's elasticity.
5 Ginger Tea
Ginger tea has a long history of use in many parts of Asia. It's excellent for alleviating nausea and honey can be added to make it more palatable. Gingerols found in ginger help promote your stomach in emptying food out into your small intestine which in turn helps with reducing nausea. You can even make a concentrate of ginger and honey to store in your fridge. Add a spoon or two to some hot water and you have instant ginger tea to help with your nausea. Ginger also contains high levels of vitamin C, which is necessary for most bodily functions and the prevention of scurvy.
4 Peppermint Tea
Not only does it smell great, peppermint tea can be potentially useful when winter hits and everybody seems to be getting a cold. Brewing up a cup of peppermint tea is fairly simple– just infuse some peppermint leaves in hot water. Breathing in the steam coming off of your peppermint tea can relieve some symptoms of sinus congestion. Think of the feeling you get when you put menthol cream on your chest.
3 Oolong Tea
Oolong tea is related to both green tea and black tea. The only difference is that it's partially oxidized and fermented. Oolong tea contains a few types of stimulants: caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine. If you find that caffeine isn't quite cutting it for you, the stimulants in oolong tea might do a better job of keeping you alert and sharp.
2 Rooibos Tea
Much like black tea, people like to consume rooibos tea with milk and sugar. It does, however, have some advantages over black teas as well as other teas. For one, it contains fewer tannins, which make teas bitter. This makes rooibos tea more palatable than other teas. It also contains no oxalic acid, lowering the risk of developing kidney stones. In short, if you want a dose of antioxidants without caffeine or bitterness, rooibos tea might be right for you.
1 Pu-erh Tea
Pu-erh tea is fermented and aged from the same plant that makes black, green, and oolong tea. Like most other teas here, it contains antioxidants and caffeine. If you're looking for more than that, you'll be pleased to hear that pu-erh tea contains small amounts of lovastatin. Lovastatin is used as a reducer of cholesterol. There are also studies looking into the possibility of drinking pu-erh tea increasing the good type of cholesterol. If health benefits aren't really your thing, you might be interested to know that pu-erh tea isn't just limited to a single type of taste. The flavor of pu-reh tea changes as it ages. So if you like surprises, this tea just might be for you.
Of course, consult a medical professional before using any sort of herbal remedies to find out what might work the best for you!