Rainbow Tea for Health isn’t a recipe but my husband, Rich, gave me the idea as a post in honor of the Orlando victim and their families. This is my 5th post of the 49 I promised.
Our family has been moving slowly from coffee to tea. Some of the teas listed below are just a few of what we have in our pantry including some new additions. I tried each tea and found them to be rich and complex in flavor.
I will give you a bit of information about each tea. Since this is just a snippet of information, dive in and do some digging; tea is a great addition to everyone’s diet. You will be amazed at the health benefits and delicious flavors unique to each variety of tea.
I will begin with the ‘red’ tea for our rainbow. I chose hibiscus tea not only for the beautiful color and health benefits, but we just happened to have it in the pantry!
Hibiscus is made from the tropical plant, Hibiscus sabdariffa, a shrub native to Africa. Hibiscus tea has a deep red color and can be enjoyed hot or cold. On multiple sites it is noted that Hibiscus tea can expand your blood vessels and lower blood pressure. It was said that if you already have low blood pressure or heart related problems, you may want to avoid Hibiscus tea. Otherwise, drink away!
Hibiscus tea is known to strengthen the immune system by providing vitamin C and antioxidants. It also stimulates weight-loss, helps to lower the bad “LDL” cholesterol, contains liver protecting properties, and reduces inflammation. What a tea!
Wild sweet orange tea is really satisfying and sweet. I had not tried this tea before, but enjoyed distinguishing the fresh flavors of lemongrass, spearmint, rose petals, and orange peel. The taste of the orange was the strongest of all the flavors. This is a sweet refreshing tea without caffeine; it can be enjoyed as an after dinner sweet treat. If you prefer a tea with less sweetness this might not be the tea for you.
Orange tea is packed with powerful flavonoids. The compound, flavonoid removes the harmful effects of free-radicals. Orange tea also contains vitamin C.
Tazo’s site provides the location of where each ingredient is grown. Lemongrass comes from Thailand and Egypt. Rose petals are shipped in from Morocco. Orange peel and spearmint come from our beautiful USA! The blackberry leaves come from Albania and Bulgaria. http://www.tazo.com/Product/Detail/17#explore
Green Ginger tea is spicy and refreshing. Green Ginger tea has lively flavors infused with pear to provide additional sweetness. Tazo imports their green tea leaves from Japan, ginger from India, lemongrass from Thailand and Egypt.
“Everything good is found in ginger,” an old Indian proverb. Ginger tea has a host of health benefits that cultures have used for nearly 2,000 for medicinal purposes.
The ginger in this tea has high levels of vitamin C, magnesium and amino acids. Studies have shown ginger to have anti-cancer fighting properties, alzheimer protection, and calming effect for the digestive system. Ginger tea can be a cure for motion sickness, help with weight-loss, relieve tired muscles, and provide general health and wellness. Sounds like a great tea.
Green tea has a distinct flavor, unfortunately it tends to not agree with my stomach. I have found this brand of Rishi green tea that does not upset my digestive system while providing the same unique flavor I love.
There are numerous studies and articles praising green tea. Green tea carries large amounts of essential nutrients. It is loaded with antioxidants, which reduce free radicals, in turn protecting cells and molecules from damage. These powerful antioxidants may lower your risk of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.
The benefits of green tea continue with increased brain function, boosted metabolic rates, and dental health. There is evidence that green tea can reduce the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. I think I am changing my morning routine to include green tea!
Berryblossom white tea did not turn out to have the purple tinge I was going for, but I really enjoyed it’s flavors. The caffeine level is three out of five, which is pretty good.
White tea is a fairly new tea coming into creation in the last two centuries. There is some debate as to the term “white” tea means. Some refer to white tea as meaning very little processing while others consider white tea to be very young leaves. Most agree that the tea is lighter in flavor because of it being rolled and not oxidized.
I didn’t find much regarding the health benefits of berryblossom tea itself, but I did find the white tea in general is packed with antioxidants.
The flavor of the berryblossom tea is subtle. The label states it has delicate flavors of huckleberry and white cranberry and I found that description to be accurate.
When I first opened the package, I found it to have a strong, pleasant blueberry scent. After steeping in hot water for five minutes, I was met with a distinct berry taste. I very much enjoyed the soft subtle flavors of this tea.
The over all message of this post; enjoy your tea. Across the board, high quality teas are full of health benefits that should not be ignored. So even if you love your coffee, you might want to switch it out with a caffeinated tea that provide added health benefits you might not be able to get with your regular cup of joe. With all the hundreds of tea options, I have no doubt you can find one you will love!
Remember make it your own, have fun in the kitchen, and enjoy infusing some veggies (with a cup of tea in hand)!
Rainbow Tea for Health
- 1 Hibiscus tea bag
- 1 Wild Sweet Orange tea bag
- 1 Green Ginger tea bag
- 1 Matcha Green tea bag
- 1 Berry Blossom White tea bag
- Boil filtered water on stove. Place tea bag in favorite tea cup. Once water has boiled add water to tea cup covering tea bag. Steep bag for 5 to 10 minutes or until desired flavor. The longer you leave the bag in the cup the stronger the flavor.