Admittedly, tea was an acquired taste for me. The first sixteen years of my life were spent trying to avoid the earthy leaf water my mother and friends so often drank, so when I did discover I had a liking for it, I was rightfully shocked.
That being said, the only tea I would bring myself to drink at first was an iced chai with cinnamon and nutmeg. If you too find yourself struggling to acquire a taste for tea, chai is a great place to start. A good chai latte tastes rich and sweet, and reminiscent of a vanilla-flavored coffee. From there, I extended my liking of tea to a variety of herbal teas, bought myself a teapot, and invested in a ridiculous collection of mugs.
To this day, I’m still a bit picky about what teas I enjoy drinking. The less the tea tastes like murky groundwater, the better, so I like to stick with fruity-flavors. Here are some of my favorites that I’ve picked up over time, and which health benefits they pack. Both my mother and I’s favorite brand for tea is Pukka, so you’ll be seeing that name quite a bit.
Chai tea, as I’ve said before, is a great place to start if you’re struggling to get on the tea bandwagon. The taste of chai is very uniquely different from other teas: it’s naturally very creamy and sweet, with a little hint of spice in it. Chai is one of the most popular types of tea found in cafes and restaurants, and I think it tastes equally delicious both iced and hot. If you’re looking for a perfect holiday drink to slide into the new year with, consider whipping up a chai latte with cinnamon and nutmeg. Not only does chai taste delicious, but it also has a wide array of health benefits. Chai tea has been proven to wake you up more, alleviate nausea, improve digestion, and support your immune system.
Peppermint tea is another one of my favorite naturally sweet teas. Crisp and clean in both smell and taste, peppermint tea is an excellent way to fight sinus infections and bad breath. Peppermint tea has also been proven to treat menstrual cramps, reduce stress and anxiety, and prevent headaches. For those reasons, if you find yourself struggling both physically and emotionally during your period, peppermint tea could be the perfect hot beverage for you! Three Mint tea by Pukka is my favorite- it contains a lovely blend of spearmint, fieldmint, and peppermint. However, if you are pregnant, doctors agree it is best to stay away from this tea, as consuming it can lead to miscarriages in very extreme cases.
Here’s a little fun fact about Earl Gray tea- it is actually named after former British Prime Minister Earl Charles Gray. Loved for its soothing taste, Earl Gray is actually a blend of various Chinese teas. Well-known for its healthy reputation, the benefits of this tea include increased energy, enhanced digestion, and even dental aid. Fluoride occurs naturally in Earl Gray, so you can take pride in the fact that you are fighting cavities with every cup of tea. Although I myself am a coffee-crazy fanatic, Earl Gray is a much healthier alternative due to its non-dehydrating ingredients.
Cinnamon is widely cherished as powerful healing substance, so it comes as no surprise that the tea form is just as fabulous for you. In fact, evidence of cinnamon healing properties dates all the way back to ancient Egypt. Today, cinnamon is recognized for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects and prevention of heart disease. Similarly to chai, cinnamon has warm, sweet-n-spicy taste that many novice tea-lovers can enjoy this holiday season. The lovely kosher Three Cinnamon tea by Pukka is a lovely mix of cinnamon from Indonesia, Vietnam, and India.
Even if you’ve never tried it, I’m sure you’re familiar with green tea. This tea originates from China, but over time, its production and manufacture has spread to many other countries. Studies have shown that drinking green tea can improve brain function and mental performance, burn fat, lower your risk of type II diabetes, and even lower your risk of various types of cancers. Supreme Matcha Green by Pukka is a delicious matcha powder combined with green tea leaves, packed with antioxidants in every sip. Although green tea can certainly be an acquired taste, there are many ways to slowly ease yourself into it. Starbucks also makes a delicious Matcha green tea frappe, so you can always consider starting there. And that, my friends, is the tea for today!
More of my favorite teas by Pukka are Revitalise, Womankind, and Night Time.
Fact sources and further reading: https://www.cupandleaf.com/blog/chai-tea-benefits https://www.thespruceeats.com/peppermint-tea-benefits-765056 https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/8-surprising-health-benefits-of-earl-grey-tea-1670071
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