A steaming cup of hot tea can be the cure at the end of a bad day. It is irreplaceable. But did you know that black tea and green tea both originate from the same plant species “Camellia sinensis.”
The two different varieties of this give rise to green tea (camellia sinensis sinensis) and black tea (camellia sinensis assamica) respectively.
Some of the best green tea varieties are produced and consumed all over the world today in countries like Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Bangladesh, and more.
A look into its origin
It is believed that green tea was first consumed by an Emperor Shennong, an important figure in Chinese culture. In one of his journeys, it is believed that a few leaves fell into his cup of hot water. They then changed the colour of the water. After consuming it, the Emperor felt refreshed and rejuvenated.
As years progressed and tea became a part of daily routine, more varieties were discovered.
How is green tea prepared?
The dried leaves and the buds of the plant are needed to prepare this tea. For this, they are left to wither for a couple of hours, right after plucking. They are then steamed or pan fried, after which they are left to dry. The main aim is to prevent over oxidation, which can affect the colour and the taste of the leaves. Finally, they are rolled and dried up again.
How is green tea different from others?
The first difference comes from the fact that green tea has a different preparation process. Black tea is allowed to undergo oxidation, which results in a different colour and taste. Because of this, green tea also has more antioxidants than most other teas.
Green tea is easily blended with other fruits or herbs to give it different flavours, which most tea cannot achieve. Moreover, it contains only about half the amount of caffeine as normal tea does.
External factors like climate and soil can heavily influence the flavour and taste of green tea.
Why Green tea?
Green tea is rich with antioxidants and polyphenols and the most important polyphenol present in it is flavonoids. Out of this, it contains a catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). They are natural antioxidants that can help prevent cell damage. The amount of caffeine present in it is lesser than what is present in normal tea, but is enough to act as a stimulant.
Green tea is also said to be helpful in:
- improving brain function
- losing weight
- fighting against diabetes
- lowering the risk of heart diseases
- lowering the risk of certain types of cancer
- increasing metabolism
- lowering cholesterol
- maintaining a glowing skin
- maintaining good blood pressure
and many more.
Chamomile Green Tea
But the question comes, what type of green tea is the healthiest or the best? So here are the different types of green tea and their benefits:
Chamomile is an herb which comes from a plant that looks like daisy. It is initially dried and then infused into water for consumption.
It contains apigenin, an antioxidant that can influence receptors in the brain and help you sleep better. Another type of antioxidant present is flavones, which can contribute to a better and healthier heart. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also help keep one’s blood sugar in check.
Jasmine Green Tea
It is made by infusing green tea with jasmine flowers. Some tea may also contain dried blossoms of the flower for an uplifted taste.
It contains many good antioxidants. This helps it to help slow down the process of skin ageing and can give a glow to the skin. It can also help in controlling blood sugar and fighting digestive problems.
Mint Green Tea
It is the perfect combination for healthy and refreshing. Mint leaves are incorporated with green tea to bring out this flavour.
It is a great source to help fight motion sickness. For people who experience this, mint green tea can help soothe that feeling of nausea and unrest. Moreover, it is helpful in treating headaches and migraine, mainly because of its strong aroma.
Tulsi Green Tea
Tulsi, an important and holy herb in India is often infused with green tea to bring out the perfect concoction of health and flavour.
This concoction helps in battling stress and lowers anxiety. It is rich with antioxidants that also help to boost immunity and build a stronger metabolism.
Classic Green Tea
One of the most famous is the simple green tea. The reason why it is so good is because of the rich antioxidants and catechins it has. It helps in weight loss and helps boost immunity.
No matter which tea you choose, it’s important to understand that healthy lifestyle changes can bring about a big and positive impact on your life!