Which is the best tea for me?
Although there’s a real tea culture in the UK, it’s worth remembering that there’s more to it than having it black with milk and one sugar.
In fact, there are a whole variety of different types of tea, all with a range of health benefits.
But which is the best tea for you?
From healthy tea to help you relax, to teabags with a big hit of caffeine, discover the perfect tea for you, below.
One of the most popular beverages in the UK, tea is classed as an aromatic drink where boiling water is poured over leaves of the tea plant – Camellia sinensis. The leaves can be left to ferment or unfermented.1
But there are in fact thousands of different types of tea, so it can get a little confusing!
To help you get your head around it all, we’ve created an A-Z List of Types of Tea.
If you’re a fan of tea, you’ll be pleased to know that it can offer you some benefits other than providing warmth and comfort.
From its polyphenol contents to its effect on gut health, we’ve got the lowdown in our article on the Benefits of Milk Tea
Chamomile tea is a wonderfully relaxing herbal tea which can settle your mind and calm racing thoughts.
It also helps to soothe the stomach and can help your digestion. Ideal if tummy troubles keep you awake.2,3
White tea is one of the best options if you’re looking for something to support your skin health.
In fact, studies have shown that white tea extract may help to support the immunity of skin cells and potentially impede the activation of enzymes that break down collagen and elastin.4,5
Lavender is well-known for its ability to relax the mind. A warm cup of lavender tea can have a calming effect and has the added benefit of possessing natural cleansing and antibacterial properties on the body. Cooled lavender tea infusion can even be used to help with colds, coughs, and minor cuts.6,7
Lemon balm tea is a great choice if you need to calm the mind. It is uplifting, boosting your mood without keeping you awake.8 Some lemon balm teas contain valerian, creating a powerful natural management option for sleep issues. Choose lemon balm plus peppermint for soothing digestive relief.
Ginger tea is a way to help with upset stomachs, bloating, and indigestion.9,10 A great choice as an after-dinner tea, or to drink before bed if you’ve been out for a meal. It helps stimulate the digestive system in a soothing way and can calm feelings of nausea.
Fragrant cardamom tea can ease stomach discomfort and reduce gassiness. So, it's no surprise that cardamom is a key ingredient in spicy foods.11
Looking for a mid-afternoon pick me up? Green tea is a natural source of caffeine which is gentler than coffee. Plus, it has a host of health benefits, making it ideal for daytime tea drinking.
Green teas antioxidants (polyphenols) help to buffer oxidative stress and can help to lower blood pressure and support heart health.12,13,14 All whilst giving you a natural energy boost.
Which is the best tea for immune support?
Echinacea is a popular immune support supplement, but you can also drink it as a herbal tea. The herb contains natural antioxidants which support your immune system and can reduce inflammation - perfect if you have a cold.15,16,17
The fragrant rosemary plant makes a tea which can give relief for coughs, colds, and mild breathing problems. It’s also a fantastic digestive aid.18,19
Vitamin C intake is important when you’re under the weather. Rosehips (the fruit of the rose plant) are one of the best natural sources of this vitamin. Rosehip tea is a good choice for those days when your general health needs some extra support.20
Which is the best tea for healthy digestion?
Peppermint is the classic digestive tea. This fragrant mind calms a troubled digestive system, can reduce gas, and help your body digest foods better.21 Even the smell of peppermint can make some people feel better.22 So brew a cup of this decaf tea and enjoy the aroma.
Hawthorn tea is a less common choice for upset stomachs. The flavonoids in the berries, leaves, and flowers of the plant are believed to help relax your blood vessels, boosting your digestion and relieving water retention.23,24,25 Perfect if you’ve eaten something which didn’t agree with you.
Nettle tea is made with the leaves of stinging nettle, but it won't sting! Nettles are actually a soothing natural remedy for a range of mild health issues including coughs and colds, mucus and congestion, and bladder problems.25,26
If your liver needs some support, turn to milk thistle tea. This classic liver cleanser helps your liver do its job without the need for somemedications.27
The final say
With so many healthy teas to choose from for a range of different reasons, it can be hard to choose just one.
But we hope you’re more clued up on which is the best tea for you after reading our article.
Last updated: 30 September 2022
The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25659062 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/221699226_Antihyperuricemic_and_diuretic_effects_of_Procyanidins_extracted_from_Crataegus_monogyna