Making time for tea is not only improving our mindfulness and relationships, but it is also working to bring our bodies into a better state of health. White tea has so many excellent health benefits that it's our first focus tea in our Tea Time series.
What is White Tea?
The least oxidized of all tea types, White tea comes from the same Camellia Sinensis plant, but white tea has more medicinal elements than black tea.
One of the freshest teas, White tea is a potent anti-oxidant and anti-microbial super tea.
White tea is rare and a bit more expensive than the more common black teas. That is because it is picked from immature tea leaves, chosen before the buds have opened. White tea gets the name from the fine white hairs still layered on the leaves.
It is the least processed of the teas, so it keeps more of its medicinal properties.
The taste is lighter and slightly sweet. It also has less caffeine than black or green teas. So if you are cutting out caffeine, this is an excellent tea for you.
Watching your weight? White tea may help to boost your metabolism and help you to burn calories.
The Flu Fighter!
White tea is the best tea to fight the flu and to prevent it. Antioxidants that are rich in white tea strengthen the immune system and guards the body against the common cold and flu.
Antioxidants protect your body's cells from damage caused by free radicals that cause damage like chronic inflammation, weak immune systems, and toxin buildups.
Studies all over the world have shown that white tea can thin the blood and help to improve and relax the blood vessels. White tea has healthy catechins that reduce cholesterol. It also increases the good cholesterol and works to prevent hardening of the arteries that block blood flow.
Green tea also inhibits the increase in blood pressure.
If you are working hard to improve your heart health like I am, White tea should be part of your health routine. Researchers have found that people who drink 2 or more cups of tea a day are almost 50% less likely to die of cardiac arrest. And drinking 3 or more cups of tea a day lowers your risk of heart disease.
White tea has trace amounts of natural fluoride that helps to keep the teeth healthy. And it kills the harmful bacteria in your mouth that leads to tooth decay.
Fluoride, catechins, and natural tannins can strengthen the teas by fighting sugar and plague, making them more resistant to acid attacks by bacteria that cause cavities and plaque buildup.
Did you know that applied topically, white tea can improve your skin and fight acne? The powerful anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial agents in white tea work to clear your skin by purging the toxins that build up in the skin and the bacteria hiding in your pores.
By reducing free radicals and fighting sun damage, tea clears your skin and keeps it looking younger. It is widely used in beauty and cosmetic products.
Double the benefits: you can brew a cup of tea with organic osmanthus flowers, it tastes great and once you are done seeping your tea, gently wipe the tea satchel over your clean face. The sweet fragrant tea boosts your skin, and you also have a powerful tea to sip and boost your insides!
Healthy Brains & Reducing Anxiety
The amino acid L-theanine in white tea calms the brain and helps you to relax. It also alters the attention networks in your brain so you can keep focused better.
We love tea to calm anxiety and for our mindfulness practice.
Polyphenol EGCG, found in tea may reduce your risks of developing Alzheimer's disease. Reducing inflammation in the brain and preventing proteins from clumping together that damage the nerves in the brain, white tea improves brain health.
There are also studies that link drinking tea daily reduced your risk of getting Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's.
Tea Time for health
Taking time to think about how you are mentally and physically working to improve your heath is the most loving thing you can do for yourself and those you love. Make this special time part of your life routine and see how much better you feel.
What's your favorite tea?