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Keeping it Healthy with Tea

There is no question that we, the Great British populace, are absolutely devoted to a good cup of tea. Whether we’re enjoying a good ol’ builder’s brew or we’re sipping on classic Darjeeling, we love our tea and always will. It is perhaps our love of tea that has made us the cake loving, scone munching people that we are. Here are a few surprising truths about tea and the way a cup a day can help keep, cancer, heart disease and even diabetes at bay!

English Breakfast or Earl Grey?

Black tea is what comes to mind for most Brits when they set the kettle to boil in the morning. Five minutes to get the deep dark colour, a dash or even a splash of milk depending on your pallet and several spoons full of sugar, just for good measure.

Black tea is in fact absolutely marvellous for our health, as well as providing that essential caffeine boost first thing. Made with fermented leaves, black tea is highest in caffeine content and has even been shown to protect us from lung damage caused by second-hand smoking. Not only this, there is also some evidence that it can reduce the risk of suffering a stroke. Tea really is a Brit’s best friend.

White Tea is Healthy Made Simple

White tea is less commonly enjoyed in the UK, however, the health benefits make it one of the most helpful beverages for keeping us healthy. Shown to have the most anticancer properties, this unfermented and uncured leaf could be a lifesaver when compared with its more processed counterparts.

In tasty flavours such as White Peony, Coconut Truffle and Silver Needle, white tea should make a more regular appearance in any teapot. The Swan Teasmade in both vintage and modern styles will ensure that you can start every day with a white tea to keep you alert and healthy.

It’s been Oolong Since I had a Cuppa

Oolong isn’t just great to say but wonderful for keeping almost every inch of you healthy and happy. From reducing chronic health conditions such as heart disease, inflammatory disorders and high cholesterol levels to keeping your teeth shiny white, your bones strong and skin glowing- Oolong is a miracle tea.

The combination of white and black tea leaves doubles the health benefits and there’s even a pleasant and fruity aroma, making this tea both healthy and delectable.

Pu-Erh Medicinal and Cleansing

This tea is considered an almost medicinal food product in China and the evidence suggests that they might not be far wrong. Pu-Erh provides multiple health benefits, not only reducing cholesterol and preventing illness, this wonder tea also helps to fight bad breath and cleanse toxins in the blood.

The micro-organisms and unique sugars that are produced in the fermentation process of this tea have been shown to attack toxins in the blood, meaning you’ll feel healthier AND smell better after a couple of sips of this delicious brew.

Get the Kettle On

Tea really is a magical ally in our quest to be healthier and happier people. Whether you’re a ‘first thing in the morning’ or a ‘last thing at night’ sipper of this ancient and remarkable leaf, there is surely a brew to suit you.

Or, if tea just isn’t your flavour of choice, you can always bake a tea loaf or cake that will ensure you enjoy all the medicinal properties of tea without drinking a single cup.

The Perfect Cup of Tea

Black Tea

Black tea

Black teas include the likes of English breakfast, Assam, Darjeeling and Earl Grey.

Brewing Time
3 - 5 Mins
Temp
90°C+
Green Tea

Green Tea

If you’re a green tea drinker, you’re best using water that’s slightly off the boil but still steaming.

Brewing Time
2 - 3 Mins
Temp
70°C
Oolong Tea

Oolong Tea

The combination of white and black tea leaves doubles the health benefits and there’s even a pleasant and fruity aroma, making this tea both healthy and delectable.

Brewing Time
3 - 5 Mins
Temp
80°C
white Tea

White Tea

Similarly to green tea, white tea needs water just off the boil for the best flavour.

Brewing Time
3 - 5 Mins
Temp
70°C
Red Tea

Red Tea

Red tea, also known as Rooibos or Redbush, technically isn’t a tea leaf at all, it’s actually from the legume family, but the leaves are steeped to make a naturally caffeine free infusion.

Brewing Time
10 - 15 Mins
Temp
70°C
Herbal & Fruit Tea

Herbal & Fruit Tea

Some herbal and fruit teas have medicinal benefits a longer steep is required to unleash all of those beneficial properties. Plus the longer they brew the stronger the flavour.

Brewing Time
15 - 20 Mins
Temp
80°C

What teas have you been enjoying? Share your tea wisdom with us on social media so that we can keep the health benefits flowing.

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