Today’s post was written by Joy Quinn-Whalen, The Spice & Tea Exchange.
Do you know what the world’s most consumed beverage is? Something consumed above pure water? It’s tea. While coffee is a beverage rival and is currently consumed in the U.S. at a higher rate than tea, tea worldwide is more popular. Tea predates coffee by about 3,000 years, and is thought to have first been harvested in 2700 B.C. by the emperor Shen Nung. In one popular Chinese tale, this legendary Emperor and inventor of agriculture and Chinese medicine was drinking a bowl of just boiled water due to a decree that his subjects must boil water before drinking it when a few leaves were blown from a nearby tree into his water, changing the color. The emperor took a sip of the brew and was pleasantly surprised by its flavor and restorative properties. The simplicity of dried leaves brewed in warm water relayed as an accidental but fortuitous birth of this beverage is part of what makes it so appealing. Accoutrements like milk, honey, and sugar came later, but purists enjoy the beverage as is.
Tea has been consumed for medicinal properties since very early times, but in the general consumer market over the past 50 years, it was largely consumed for enjoyment, relaxation, or simply because they enjoyed the taste. Recent wellness movements have revitalized the focus on its health benefits.
Teas can be prepared hot (most common) or in cold concentrates (growing in popularity), or be used in cooking and baking. And in the 21st century, there are more than 5000 medical research studies on tea & health, 1000 of these focusing on tea & cancer. Forty percent of your cup of tea is comprised of a polyphenols and antioxidants (the specific collection dictated by the type of tea – white, green, black, puerh and level of oxidation withstood by the leaf) which have been shown to fight free‐radicals and inflammation, while 10% includes a mix of mind‐sharpening theanine and other amino acids, with the final 50% being non‐soluble water. Theanine has been studied for its potential ability to reduce mental and physical stress, improve cognition, and boost mood and cognitive performance in a synergistic manner with caffeine.
Whether you choose to drink tea based on its ingredients and/or for their effects, as a substitute for processed or sugary soda/other beverages, or simply to relax for a minute…one thing’s for sure…no matter why you do it, it can make a very positive impact on your life and your health! At The Spice & Tea Exchange, January features Hot Tea Month which, in conjunction with the New Year, provides an opportunity to consider tea for…WELLNESS to meet your personal health, wellness and fitness goals as you embrace new habits and resolutions!
The following teas have been selected as our featured wellness tea line, the majority of which are made with organic, all‐natural ingredients and have many assumed benefits based on the studying of their ingredients. Keep reading to learn more about our line and why you NEED these wellness teas in your life, and stop in to our shop for a sample taste, a hot tea‐to‐go, or for additional information including really great book – Cancer Hates Tea ‐‐ by Maria Uspenski (author visit and book signing later this year!).
Chamomile Twist Herbal Tea ‐ Chamomile is often known for its ability to lower stress and help induce sleep. Lemongrass is known for its very wide range of medicinal properties, especially its anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. The pairing of these, as well as they many other ingredients, makes Chamomile Twist an all-around great wellness tea. Plus, we love the soothing flavors of citrus and chamomile! Great for: a relaxing nightcap when fighting with stress and/or illness.
Emperor’s Chai Tea – Chai is believed to have originated more than 5,000 years ago by an Indian king seeking a spiced beverage for use in Ayurvedic medicine. Ginger and black pepper are known to promote digestion, while cinnamon can help support the circulatory system. Emperor’s Chai Tea makes a great wellness tea due to it containing all these traditional ingredients of a chai tea! Great for: adding a touch of spice to your daily routine! This pick-me-up tea comforts and warms
Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea – Turmeric is very well-known for the anti-inflammatory properties of its active ingredient, curcumin, and for its use in fighting chronic inflammation in a variety of conditions. Ginger is also known for its roles in fighting inflammation as well as it’s contributions towards calming the stomach. We love that Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea combines both of these well-known inflammation-fighters! Great for: a calming and soothing cup when your stomach is in knots.
Ginseng Hippie Herbal Tea – This mixture of berries, roots, and herbs creates a powerful antioxidant tea. Several ingredients from this tea are also known for their assistance in detoxing the body. This combination of antioxidants and detoxing properties, creates a “hippie” powerhouse! Great for: a Monday morning pick-me-up after a long weekend.
Marrakesh Mint Tea – Not enough can be said about green tea. With powerful antioxidants to its stimulating effects on the mind, this tea is the perfect meditative and well-being tea. Paired with spearmint, which is often known to aid in digestive disorders, this tea is a classic choice. Great for: a boost of mindful energy.
Mint Basil Herbal Tea – Peppermint is known for its calming effects on the gastrointestinal tract, making it a preferred spice for many ailments of the stomach. Cardamom also shows digestive benefits as well as antimicrobial properties. Licorice root acts as a soothing agent for the throat and helps get rid of phlegm when suffering from a cold. Mint Basil Herbal Tea combines all these positive essences, making it a great wellness tea that’s also perfect for sick days. Great for: a calming, refreshing sip on a day where your nerves have gotten the best of you or when you are feeling under the weather.
Turmeric Herbal Tea – Coconut, turmeric, rooibos, and honeybush, all are known for a variety of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, as well as their large amounts of antioxidants and minerals. With such a wide range of ingredients and benefits, Peach Turmeric Herbal Tea makes a great wellness tea! Great for: enjoying an all-around wellness brew, or on days with aches and pains.
Rooibos Chai Herbal Tea
The lovely taste of chai with an antioxidant punch! Rooibos contains powerful antioxidants that help fight free radicals that could cause damage to cells. Paired with spices like cinnamon, which is thought to have anti-microbial properties, this is a perfect wellness tea for someone who enjoys a chai flavor without caffeine. Great for: an added boost to the immune system.
This line of teas can be found at spiceandtea.com or at The Spice & Tea Exchange of Old Town on King Street. Remember, during the Hot Tea Month of January, we are offering 20% both our remaining limited-time-offer teas (while supplies last) and our (new!) spice & tea infused soy candles. The winter chill is the perfect invitation to curl up and indulge with a scented candle, good book, soft blanket, and a delicious (& healthy) cup of tea! Please see each tea’s page for more information regarding pricing and ingredients online here.
- These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
- These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
- Wellness benefits of teas are best complemented with a healthy diet and regular exercise.