Come in, have a seat, can I offer you a cup of tea? Which one would you prefer, Green Tea, Black Tea or Oolong Tea? Or would you rather have a glass of ice-tea instead, that is more refreshing on a hot day. You would probably get such an invitation often in Asian, European and African countries as well as the Caribbean Islands. Some of these countries and islands grow other herbs and flowers for making teas, such as mint, peppermint, hibiscus, lemon-grass, ginger, and so many others.
And each of these different herbal teas were used for their unique flavor and for specific health benefits. My mother grew quite a few herbal tea plants back home on St. Maarten, among these Mint and lemon-grass as these helped with sleep and other health problems she knew about. Most of the older folks had a specific herbal plant (or bush as they called them sometimes) they drank for whatever ailed them.
Some of these herbal tea plants can be grown indoors right on a sunny window sill. I have several mint plants growing on my kitchen and bedroom window sills here in New York. They grow straight up (as shown in the picture I took of a few in my kitchen window), or in a bunch.
And to make new plants all I have to do is cut them and replant them into the same soil or plant in a different pot. I often pick the leaves to make tea by boiling and steaming in hot water, or add to hot cocoa for that delicious chocolate minty taste. They are beautiful to look at as houseplants and their clean minty sweet fresh aroma fills the rooms with a pleasant scent. (See previous post on “The value and fun of water baths and aromatherapy- What’s in it for you!”).
It would take a long time to describe the many kinds of herbal plants we can use as teas and the good they do for both the body and mind. So for this post I will just concentrate on the most popular ones used daily around the world and which you would probably be offered a cup of as I mentioned above.
Green Tea, Black Tea and Oolong Tea. The most popular of teas drunk daily. But what’s the difference between these three teas?
You may be surprised to know that all three of these teas come from the same plant. Green Tea is harvested from mature tea leaves, and steamed whole. The leaves for Black Tea are fermented first, which changes their chemical compounds. Oolong tea leaves are only partly fermented, so they boost some of the benefits of both unfermented green tea and fermented black tea.
What they also have in common are phytochemical compounds called flavonols. Green tea also contains catechins, another type of phytochemical with potent, disease-fighting powers. Fermenting the leaves form new compounds, known as theaflavins and thearubigins. Green tea has more catechins than black tea, but black tea is rich in theaflavins and thearubigins. Oolong tea contains all three compounds.
Can drinking tea protect our teeth against cavities?
Yes, according to lab studies. Tea leaves naturally contain fluoride a protector against cavities. Green, Black and Oolong tea extracts keep cavity-causing bacteria from growing and producing acid that eats away tooth enamel. But this is not the case with instant tea. Some brands of instant tea contain more fluoride than the Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration deem safe.
Lets break down the different benefits to your health that comes from drinking each one of these teas. First starting with Green Tea.
What does Green Tea have to do with Weight Loss, Cancer of the colon, breast, stomach, lung, pancreas, esophagus, and prostrate?
Everything! Green Tea alone has more antioxidants than either Black or Oolong Tea. For years Scientists were puzzled over the fact that Asian people were some of the heaviest smokers in the world, yet they enjoy some of the lowest rates of cancer and heart disease. The evidence points to tea, because of the high antioxidants content present in Tea, especially Green Tea. This also works in helping overweight persons lose excess fat from the body.
Because of this high antioxidant content when Green Tea was studied in the Lab it shows promise for preventing cancer of the colon, breast, stomach, lung, pancreas, esophagus and bladder. It also seems to slow the spread of prostrate cancer when used alongside a class of drugs called COX-2 inhibitors.
How Green Tea helps protect us against the Ultraviolet Rays from the Sun (UV)..
Still wondering why you should drink Green Tea? Here are some more findings. Research shows that drinking at least two cups a day may cut your risk of skin cancer by protecting us from Ultraviolet Rays (UV). In very hot weather drinking it ice cold as in ice tea (or any of the other herbal teas) help the body combat the heat and keeps us hydrated.
..and high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and keeps the brain young and sharp.
Plus green tea may help prevent high blood pressure, lower blood sugar, soothe arthritis inflammation, and block bladder inflammation. And in one recent study Japanese adults who drank six or more cups a day were less likely to develop type 2 Diabetes.
What about our fabulous brain? Without it we are nothing so doing all we can to protect our brain is necessary for continued life. How do we keep it sharp and young? In lab studies done on mice suggest a couple of cups a day of green tea could do a lot to help keep our mind young and razor sharp. Scientists think catechins, the antioxidants in green tea, may protect brain cells from oxidative damage that accumulates with age.
(see previous post for more tips on helping the brain stay young, entitled: “How staying focus can boost your memory in an ever changing distracting world”). This in turn could help preserve our memory and learning ability well into old age. All this research was done with natural real Green Tea the beverage which is safe, not green tea supplements which some people think they could take instead of the tea itself. To much green tea supplements could harm our liver, so stick to the beverage instead. Now how about Black Tea?
What about Black Tea? What are the health benefits of drinking such?
Are you under stress feeling overwhelmed with anxiety? Are the problems of the day getting you down? Try a warm cup of Black Tea to help get rid of stress and calm you down. Evidence suggests getting comfortable with a cup of Black Tea fights damaging stress hormones. But here are some other interesting things black tea is good for.
Studies found that two cups a day could lower a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer by 30% and reduce colon cancer risk. What’s more black tea seems to slash our risk for cardiovascular disease. Just drinking three cups of Black Tea a day protect against heart attack, while four to five cups daily fights heart disease by relaxing the arteries.
Black Tea also seem to have a good effect on our bones and battle osteoporosis. Numerous studies show black tea increases bone density and protects against hip fractures, especially if we drink four or more cups a day. Even though some people don’t think milk should be added to teas, (but that is the only way our family drank Black Tea back home on the island of St. Maarten).
I believe most other people do add some milk to their teas, and it is the only way I still drink Tea, always adding some 1% milk to a cup of black or even Green Tea. This makes it taste better and also bump up our calcium intake, adding more protection to our bones. Now the last popular tea is Oolong Tea?
What are the benefits of Oolong Tea?
I don’t know where that funny name for this tea came from but it has some of the similar health benefits like the previous other teas. Remember they all came from the same plant, just harvested differently as mentioned at the onset. Like Green Tea, Oolong tea promotes weight loss and lower triglycerides, and research links it to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
Like other teas, it too, boasts cancer-preventing compounds – namely caffeine, theaflavins and thearubigins. But be careful of drinking to much caffeine containing tea since it can lead to hypokalemia, a potentially deadly condition linked to caffeine toxicity.
Limit the drinking of Oolong and Black Tea to less than three quarts a day to prevent the above mentioned caffeine toxicity, or drink caffeine free or decaffeinated tea instead. Since I drink most of my tea at night I only use decaffeinated teas instead so that they will not prevent me from sleeping. So it depends on when you drink tea, if it is during the day then the regular tea would keep you energized, but in the evening or late afternoon then the decaffeinated teas will calm you down and help relieve stress.
Tea Time tips – When is the best time, or how to have tea? Plain, with milk, hot, or ice cold?
In some countries it is customary to have tea separate from the regular meal. Women get together for afternoon tea, or hold tea parties. This is usually served with some light delicacies or cookies or just to talk and associate with each other. Besides the healing benefits of the tea itself this association of friends for sharing, and talking has a good effect on the human soul and help in relieving stress. So tea goes hand in hand with showing empathy and sympathy.
Also drinking tea apart from the regular meal is good in another way. The natural flavonoids in black, green and oolong teas can keep the body from absorbing iron in food, so keep tea parties or drinking of tea as a in between meals pastime or for bunch, and use water with regular meals instead.
Plain or with milk?
Some folks don’t like tea because they think they have to drink it plain without any milk. It was once thought that milk neutralized the antioxidants in tea, but new research proves otherwise. My family back home and myself we drank tea with milk long before we knew anything about any new research.
And I still use a little 1% low fat milk, or even goat milk in my Green and black tea whenever I drink it, sweetened with aguave nectar. (Almond Milk, which a friend told me she uses instead of regular milk could be another alternative). It just makes it taste better to me, and also bump up my calcium intake as mentioned above.
When adding milk it is always better to use more than one tea bag per cup, since one tea bag makes a weak tea and the milk will take away some of the flavor of the tea, it also makes it to watery. Even when drinking tea plain without milk using more than one tea bag per cup always enhances the flavor and taste and probably also the benefits of the tea.
So that is a matter of personal choice, if you like it plain without milk or with milk. Also some herbal teas cuddle when you add milk, but the teas mentioned above, Green, Black and Oolong teas take milk very well, and look like coffee with added milk. They also come now in tea bags either with caffeine or decaffeinated.
Plain Black Tea stops Diarrhea?
When I was growing up in St. Maarten (Dutch Caribbean) the only time my mother gave us plain Black Tea to drink was if one of us kids had diarrhea. Now I didn’t see that in any of the research I did, so Scientists have not discovered it yet, but the older folks back home knew it worked. And from experience I myself will recommend it. I don’t have that problem to often, but once I was food poisoned, and had a severe case of vomiting and diarrhea. I was thinking about going to the emergency room but was afraid to even leave my apartment for fear I would have a (diarrhea) accident on the way.
My mother talking to me on the phone reminded me about drinking a few cups of plain dark strong black tea which I always keep in my kitchen cupboard. I did right away, and wow, that diarrhea stopped in less than a half hour. It really works, so that is another benefit you can add to the list of others mentioned above, and this one is not through Scientific studies, but from personal experience recommendation passed down from my mother.
Iced Tea, a great beverage to cope with extreme hot weather!
During the extreme hot temperatures we had recently in New York City, the only thing that offer some thirst quenching relief and kept my body hydrated was iced cold water or iced tea! Also eating water laden fruits like watermelon, grapes, papaya and others mentioned in a previous post (“The benefits of nature’s own natural thirst quenchers versus sugary drinks“).
Any of the above mentioned teas in this post, or any herbal tea can be made into iced tea. Very simple to make. Just add hot steaming water to several tea bags if you like it strong (you can combine different kinds of teas if you want for a unique taste) add some juice of a real lemon and sweetened with honey or aguave nectar. Put in the fridge and leave until iced cold.
Make several containers of this and drink throughout the day. Or add to smaller water bottles and take with you on the go. It will not only keep you thirst free but the antioxidants in the tea will cleanse and heal your body, while keeping you hydrated. This is far better than ruining your health with high sugary soft drinks. Iced Tea is another way I prefer drinking tea plain without milk.
So who knew drinking teas have so many health benefits?
The Creator, who put us here, made sure the earth was equipped with everything to keep us healthy and living forever. There is no way all this came about by accident, the belief of some people who believe in evolution or the atheists. Every fruit tree, every herbal tea plant, flowers, seeds, and all vegetation all have a purpose in being here for our benefit and continued life. The Bible always associates trees with life from the beginning of creation all the way to the book of Revelation. Here are some Bible versus to prove this true:
Genesis 1:9-11: And God went on to say: “Let the waters under the heavens be brought together into one place and let the dry land appear” And it came to be so. And God began calling the dry land Earth, but the bringing of the waters together he called Seas. Further God saw that it was good. And God went on to say: “Let the earth cause grass to shoot forth, vegetation bearing seed, fruit trees yielding fruit according to their kinds, the seed of which is in it, upon the earth.”
Genesis 2: 7-9: And Jehovah God proceeded to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man came to be a living soul. Further, Jehovah God planted a garden in Eden toward the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. Thus Jehovah God made to grow out of the ground every tree desirable to one’s sight and good for food and also the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and bad.
Genesis 2: 15-17: And Jehovah God proceeded to take the man and settle him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and to take care of it. And Jehovah God also laid this command upon the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die”.
God showed love for us humans by first creating the earth and all vegetation and trees even before He created man, so that his food was already here for him to eat. And if you read further you will see how Eve was later created, and she disobeyed, tempted by the fallen angel who became Satan. She later caused Adam to do the same and that is how all imperfection came about and the human body became susceptible to all kinds of diseases that eventually led to death coming down all the way to us.
Besides imperfection and sin this wicked angel Satan who now became a “God” continued to influence humans, and as time went on people became more and more alienated from the true God Jehovah the Creator, developed bad unhealthy lifestyles habits and disregarded God’s moral laws and the misuse of blood. Imperfection and sin, and Satan’s spirit also produced health damaging personality flaws such as extreme anger, jealousy, hatred, unhappiness, and others which contributed to other death dealing stresses and health problems all down to our day.
But the trees, herbs, plants, all vegetation and seeds God created as man’s food are still here, probably quite a few got eliminated over time because of man’s mistreatment of the earth, or they are not pure anymore because of so much pollution and contamination, but still have enough power in them to keep us living and help prevent many diseases. So tea plantations were all a part of the vegetation created by God to keep us healthy and living as long as it is possible now in a sinful body.
In our day, more and more scientific discoveries are proving it true that humans could live a long time if they continue eating (or drinking) the right foods from the earth….
In our day more and more scientific discoveries are proving it true that humans could live very long if they continue eating the right foods from the earth just as God commanded Adam. Some even don’t understand why we die at all. Our cells were programmed by the Creator to keep renewing themselves, and the antioxidants from our diet would keep our bodies clean and prevent the cells from getting old and dying. We were created to be always young and healthy. But there was a spiritual compound that was needed also to keep this process going, and that was obedience to the Creator.
That missing of the mark of perfection is what sin is. So it is only the Sin that we inherited from our first parents is the reason our bodies grow old and die. So that is the reason no matter how much medical scientists discover new health remedies, they will never be able to stop humans from getting old and dying.
They themselves are imperfect and can help improve or extend life to a certain degree by their new discoveries, but cannot remove that sin. Only obedience to the Creator and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ death will remove sin in the coming new world. Isaiah 53:4-12 foretold long before he came, how he would actually take our sicknesses and suffering away by his death by dying on our behalf.
All the Israelites of old were looking forward to the coming of this Messiah whom God promised would be born in the line of Judah and would take away the sins of the world! Every prophecy or celebration they were given were all pointing toward this final outcome, this Deliverer whom would erase sin and imperfections and restore obedient humans and the earth back to the original purpose of God.
It is all right there in your Bible Folks, Satan has used the worlds religions even Judaism, which is an apostasy from the original truth from God, to hide this truth from people because he wants everyone to die, and not live forever on earth. So most people today live without a hope, they live just to die, just as the Devil wants them to be.
Jesus Christ came, he died, he paid the price for Adam selling the human race into sin and is ready to go into action against this Satanic world. He will fulfill his mission of bringing obedient mankind back to the perfect state they were meant to be in, living in a peaceful world even resurrecting those whom are sleeping in death.
Once sin is removed then humans will gradually return to the original purpose of God, a Happy perfect family living forever on earth without ever worrying about sickness, disease and death! Everlasting Life on earth in a clean Paradise earth just as it was supposed to be.
This removal of sin and the return to perfection was promised shortly after Adam and Eve disobeyed, to take place by means of a Savior or Messiah whom proved to be Jesus Christ, and would be accomplished by means of God’s Kingdom or new Worldwide Governmental Administration. This will put this Satan controlled world out of existence which will result in the great war of Armageddon, and established peace on earth. Then the great restoration of surviving humanity back to the original purpose of God will take place in a new world. (Genesis 3:15 and Genesis 22:18). (See previous post: “Great Joy to the World and Peace among men of Goodwill how this promise offers hope and comfort even now amidst devastating tragedy”)
“The leaves of the trees were for the curing of the nations”
The Bible foretold the medicinal benefits of trees which includes herbal plants from which most teas are made from the leaves of fruit, flowers or herbal trees. And even now we can gain a measure of good health if we are conscience of our spiritual needs, learning what God requires, developing the spiritual qualities of kindness, joy, love, patience, faith, mildness, peace, hope and all other good qualities that comes from God.
Besides watching our diet, which include benefiting from the many different teas available for our internal cleansing, enjoyment, relaxation and good health. Revelation 22:2 speaks of these as leaves which are good for the curing of the nations. (All Teas are made from the leaves of various plants or fruit trees).
Revelation 22:2 “….There were trees of life producing twelve crops of fruit, yielding their fruits each month. And the leaves of the trees were for the curing of the nations”. So there is going to be a lot more discoveries of how the leaves of even fruit trees can cure many diseases, or we will be benefited from such in the new world.
But one thing we know for sure sickness and all diseases will end. Humans will eventually return to perfect health, everlasting youth and life. In Isaiah 33:24 it foretells that during the restoration of humans and the earth under God’s Kingdom: ”No resident will say I am sick” And also Revelation 21:4 says: “There will be no more mourning, pain, outcry, tears and death will be no more. The former things have passed away. (* see below for information on how you can learn more about this promise and be among the people who will be spared to live on earth forever).
So have you accepted my invitation at the beginning, and decided what kind of tea you prefer? With all that background information you can choose to drink a different kind everyday. Hot or cold. They are all good for you!
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