Herbal Tea is a drink that is prepared from dried leaves of tea plant or small trees. Legend has it that the tea was discovered by Emperor Shen Nung when he was boiling water next to a tree and the tea leaf fell by accident into the pot. This infusion was very comforting so he began to take it steadily.Tea is consumed by more than half of the world’s population and can be taken as a hot or cold drink. It contains a very low level of calories (2 kcal per cup) and is free of artificial colours or flavours.
Green tea: Everyone can have health.
Green tea is one of the most popular and conserves more antioxidants because it undergoes a minor process and much more natural than black tea. This tea is considered an authentic “natural medicine”. Currently, there are two producers who are responsible for the preparation of this tea who are the Chinese and Japanese; its main difference is that Japanese green tea is steamed to stop its oxidation and thus preserve the taste of the herb while Chinese green tea is dried in the oven or on fire.
The main properties of Herbal tea are:
- Powerful antioxidant.
- It is depurative (helps to eliminate liquids) and very digestive. It can help you lose weight.
- It is rich in minerals, sodium, fluoride and vitamins A, B and C. These strengthen the immune system and can help the body to protect itself in case of viruses or infections.
- If you are one of those people who need a stimulating drink to start the day, green tea is for you.
Preparation method of Herbal tea:
Green Herbal tea has a low content of teína, and it must be prepared with water that is not “boiling” since the leaves are cooked and the tea leaves too bitter. With water between 75 – 85ºC and between 2 and 3 minutes (2 mins for Japanese teas) at rest, we will obtain a very aromatic and comforting infusion. The infusion is soft and delicate, slightly herbal and of yellowish, greenish or golden tones.
Black Herbal tea: The one everyone knows
Black Herbal tea stands out for its flavour and properties. Its preparation allows passing the fresh leaves of the Camellia Sinensis to an oxidation process where the natural green colour of the leaf turns to a dark brown colour making the aroma more complex and its flavour more intense. This oxidation favors the release of the theine in the infusion. Black tea contains tanning agents and minerals, as do vitamins and etheric oils.
The properties of black Herbal tea are:
- It has a high percentage of antioxidants.
- It is satisfying (you will eliminate the feeling of hunger).
- Low-calorie content
- It stands out for acting in a relaxing way in the stomach.
- According to several studies, it prevents skin cancer.
Classic black tea: 4 to 5 minutes.
Darjeeling tea: 3 minutes.
Broken leaf tea (Broken): 3 to 4 minutes.
Water temperature: 95 ºC.
White tea: The fountain of youth
White Herbal tea is considered to be the most exquisite and refined since from the whole leaves are collected the youngest buds where all the energy of the plant is concentrated. This plant is one of the most beneficial for health since its taste is considered exquisite and refined.
The properties of white tea are:
- Its exquisite flavour and delicate aroma.
- It has a reputation as “Elixir of youth”, as it has one of the most powerful antioxidants that nature offers us and its results are visible in just a few months.
- They are high in vitamin E and C.
- Regulates blood pressure
- It has anticancer power.
Preparation mode of this herbal tea
Infusion: 3 to 5 minutes and Silver needles ” Silver needles”: 5 to 7 minutes
Temperature: 75 ° C.
Red Tea – Pue Erh: Excellent for burning fats
Red tea has a very characteristic flavour, strong and earthy and its colour is a dark reddish colour. Its ripening process may come to doubt for several years and it is particularly this fermentation process that gives red tea its appreciated colour, taste and exceptional properties. Its main characteristic of Herbal tea is the elimination of body fat, three daily cups of this Herbal tea will help control the body’s fats and decrease the levels of cholesterol and fat in the blood.
The properties of red tea are:
- It helps to gradually eliminate fat in the body.
- It is diuretic since it helps relieve heavy digestion.
- Avoid possible diseases related to obesity, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, high cholesterol, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Infusion time: 4 minutes
Temperature: 95 ° C
Note: It can be taken all day, especially after meals.
Oolong Tea – Blue Tea: “Black Dragon”
Blue tea is a “halfway” between green tea and black tea, its manufacturing process is semi-fermented which results in a softer taste than black tea, but stronger than green tea.
Because of its pleasant taste, the blue tea is especially for those who want to start
The properties of blue tea are:
- Great antioxidant power.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- It contains many vitamins and minerals.
- Help reduce blood pressure.
- It helps regulate cholesterol.
- It has the characteristic of burning fat but less than red tea but to a greater extent green tea.
Infusion time: 5 minutes
Note: It can be consumed after meals and afternoons.
Rooibos: the small tree of South Africa
Rooibos tea contains many health benefits, it is a perfect alternative when you want to relax, it has digestive properties and does not contain stimulants.
The properties of Rooibos Tea are:
- Quench thirst
- It has a high content of vitamins and minerals.
- It contains digestive properties.
- It has the property of being a relaxing tea.
5 to 7 minutes. Because of its low tanning content, this beverage retains its sweet flavour even in times of superior infusion.
Note: It can be consumed all day and accompanied by milk.