Tea helps combat fatigue, clear the mind, and protect against pollution. All types of camellia sinensis teas, including Southern iced-tea, are beneficial to the digestion and to the nervous system if not overly sweetened. Tea stabilizes blood lipids, lowers blood pressure, removes toxins, and fights other diseases like hardening of the arteries.
The camellia sinensis shrub produces leaves and buds that are harvested for making various teas. There are many varieties on the market including white tea, green tea, English breakfast tea, oolong tea, and black tea. Some are fermented, some are not. Some teas are highly processed and others like white tea are more natural. Teas that are not made from the camellia sinensis shrub are usually referred to as "herbal teas".
The leaves and buds are cooked and then dried. Green tea is rich in fluoride. Green tea boosts immunity, reduces tooth decay, fights bacterial infections, stimulates digestion, increases urine flow, and contains 200 times more antioxidants than vitamin E.
Green tea contains higher levels of flavonoids and vitamins than the other types of camellia sinensis teas. Green tea is recommended for asthma and coughs due to colds. It is also useful when fasting and when dieting. Studies show that regular consumption of green tea promotes clear thinking.
Black, oolong, and green teas come from the same species of evergreen shrub. The kind of tea that is produced depends on the manner in which the leaves are processed. Southern iced tea is usually of the black variety. All three types of camellia sinenisis tea are useful in the treatment of asthma, fatigue, insect bites, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diarrhea, food poisoning, hangovers, sore throats, and certain cancers.
Oolong tea is produced from fresh leaves that are wilted in the sunlight, slightly bruised, and partly fermented. Oolong tea helps reduce cholesterol levels and should be consumed immediately after fatty meals for best results.
Rich in antioxidants and tannins, black tea is highly astringent. It is a good remedy for diarrhea and can stop bleeding when applied to a wound. Use a cool tea bag and press gently for thirty minutes or until bleeding stops. Dentists often recommend an application of wet tea bag after tooth extraction to stop bleeding.
They contain polyphenols and other anti-aging properties. Tea is a great addition to the diet especially after a long illness or anytime the body needs to be cleansed.
Brancha Leaf Green tea is highly therapeutic. Kukicha Twig tea contains less caffeine and has a roasted mellow flavor. Darjeeling tea is a delicate black tea from India. Earl Grey tea is black tea sprayed with bergamot orange oil. English breakfast tea is a rich, mellow, black tea. Ceylon tea has an intense flowery aroma and flavor. White tea is basically the same as green tea but with even less processing.
Leaves can be harvested every 6-14 days depending on the area and climate. A tea plant will yield for 25-50 years.
* All types of camellia sinensis tea contain caffeine. Do not drink large amounts when pregnant and avoid if you have ulcers or irregular heartbeat. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.
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