October 15th, 2012

The Herbal Tea Review

Have you ever wondered about herbal teas? 
They always smell amazing and every celebrity is putting their gorgeous
figure down to the fact they drink oolong tea or some other unheard of root, berry, bark or dirt. Then there’s
the medical benefits ranging from sage and oatstraw tea for depression to motherwort tea for a healthy heart.

There is literally a tea out there to fix anything. I have always wondered why and how mixing a small amount of leaves with water could in any way be better for you than more complex drinks such as Powerade, Fruit juices or Milk?

Well it’s all down to the phenolic content, tea contains
high amounts of natural phenols and polyphenols in particular one called flavonoids which are believed to contribute to better health. There are more of these flavonoids retained in green tea than white, black or oolong tea thus green teas relation to better health.

With all these amazing benefits you would assume that
herbal teas must taste awful (as everything else that is good for you does) so Idecide to ask a friend of mine that has no prior experience of herbal teas to do a taste test.  Her results were different to say the least.    

       Green Tea 
      1 out of 10

Green tea is made solely from the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing.

“Green tea is yuck yuck yuck. Most disgusting thing
EVER! Scores one point for its association with the healthy
skinny people”

Green Tea and gINGER 8 out of 10

Green tea and Ginger is a beverage in many countries,
made from ginger root. In China, the tea is made by boiling peeled and sliced ginger to which brown sugar is often added.

Glorious Glorious Glorious!
“I love it. Ginger is a magical device that adds an extra
 seven points to the once yucky greenness of the green devil tea!  I recommend this on a cold winter’s day to warm your cockles”

Apple and cinnamon   5 out of 10

Cinnamon has been found to increase a cell's ability to use glucose by stimulating insulin receptors and blocking the attempts of enzymes to deactivate them.

“Ever since completing the cinnamon challenge I have
intensely disliked the taste of cinnamon but luckily for this tea the taste is so bland and flavourless that no cinnamon can be detected on the taste buds. Five points just for its lovely jubbly scent”

Blackcurrant and acai berry 
7/out of 10

The acai berry is found in the Amazon forest and is promoted as having very powerful antioxidant properties. Euterpe oleraceae is a
 large palm tree indigenous to the Amazon River and its tributaries in South
 America. Its fruit is of great economic value to native people.

“Smells good, tastes good, I like it. Loses three points
because the packet is now empty which means I will have to search for some more tea. Boo”

     Peppermint Tea
       2 out of 10

It is said to also ease other problems including nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and headaches. Its                minty flavour can take the edge off bad breath. It is also said to control mild asthma, manage stress and ward off the common cold.

"Tastes of nothing.  Two points for smelling good. 
Recommended with a side of normal tea to take away the disappointment of the peppermint. Most ridiculous herbal tea ever”

Chamomile and spearmint
3 out of/10

Chamomile tea has been regarded as a medicinal cure-all.
It had been considered a universal remedy by the ancient Egyptians. Now, researchers in England have found new evidence that the chamomile tea may actually help relieve a wide range of health ailments, including colds and
menstrual cramps.

“Exactly the same as peppermint but get more points
because its two flavours mixed together which makes it seem like a little treat”

Reviewed by Jessica Musial

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