Us Irish gals love our tea and use it as a cure-all whether we’ve gone through a break up or have an awful case of The Fear.
Believe it or not, we are actually on to something as tea has many health benefits ranging from boosting your immune system to helping to prevent cancer.
Below are 10 popular teas and and what their benefits are so you can have a cuppa that cares.
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1. Black Tea
The most commonly drunk tea in Ireland, black tea has a lot of health benefits.
Black tea contains polyphenols, which are also antioxidants that help block DNA damage associated with tobacco or other toxic chemicals.
It has also been suggested that women who drink black tea regularly have a lower chance of ovarian cancer.
2. Earl Grey Tea
Another popular choice Earl Grey aids digestion and boosts energy levels.
Earl Grey Tea contains bergamot which has natural aromatherapy qualities and is known to have calming effects on those who drink it.
The compound bergamot also boosts a person’s mood and helps you to overcome stress, anxiety and depression.
3. Chai Tea
The tea of choice in India, chai is a great spicy blend for these cold months.
4. Green Tea
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body.
This includes improved brain function and lowers your risk of cancer.
It has also been used to aid weight loss.
5. Chamomile Tea
Consumed for centuries, chamomile is a wonder tea.
Not only will drinking it help you to sleep and have clearer skin it can also be used as an ointment.
In ancient times it was used as a salve on cuts and wounds and modern day research has found it beneficial when applied to aggravated skin.
6. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is most commonly used for aiding stomach issues.
Peppermint is considered a stomach healer that can assist with nausea, stomach aches and constipation.
It also helps to bring down a fever and boost your immune system so it’s great during flu season.
7. Ginger Tea
Women who have suffered with morning sickness will be very familiar with ginger tea.
This tea is commonly used to relieve nausea, settle the stomach and relax the body.
It also aids circulation so if you constantly find you have cold hands and feet get a cup of ginger into you.
8. Oolong Tea
Health benefits of oolong tea include the reduction of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, inflammatory disorders and high cholesterol levels.
It’s antioxidants promote good dental health and because of it’s light colour it won’t stain you teeth like darker teas and coffee.
It’s also been found to aid metabolism helping you to maintain a healthy weight.
9. White Tea
White tea has a many health benefits and is considered the best alternative to coffee for caffeine lovers.
Amongst it’s many health benefits include anti-ageing properties which protects your skin from harmful UV rays.
White tea also provides relief to diabetic people from symptoms such as decrease plasma glucose levels and helps those looking to lose weight.
10. Berry Tea
Packed with vitamins and nutrients, this fruity tea goes down easy while improving your health.
Found to have anti-inflammatory properties, it’s great for those suffering with joint pain.
It’s also believed to straighten the uterus and is said to help induce labour.