From anti-ageing to stress relief, the complexities of a good brew could be just the sip you need for better health. ‘Drinking tea not only provides us with an enjoyable taste experience, but research has shown the tea leaf does have wide-ranging health benefits to help keep us young,’ says the founder of Byron Bay Tea Company, Sarita Merlo (byronbayteacompany.com.au). Tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant, and there are four types: green, white, black and oolong – all containing antioxidants called polyphenols. ‘This includes flavonoids and catechins, which studies show provide a protective antioxidant action against harmful free radicals that damage our cells,’ explains Sarita.
Here are some blends to brew for a healthy fix...
1. The Anti-ager:
Try green tea with berries, “Gotu Kola, in particular is a regenerative herb and great for skin,” says Sarita
2. The Detoxifier:
Look out for herbs that support the liver, such as Dandelion and Calendula or fennel seeds and include in your tea, to help rid the body of toxins.
3. The De-stressor:
A herbal tea with Chamomile and passionflower (a strong sedative type herb) can help reduce anxiety and insomnia.
4. The Energiser:
3pm slump? Get a quicl lift by adding in Ginseng to improve alertness and endurance.
5. The Weight reducer:
Sarita suggests using Oolong tea for weight loss managment 'It can assist with digestion and help increase your metabolism."
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