Pinnacle to English traditions, tea in all forms is part of many peoples daily routine. Whether drank with a friend whilst gorging on a rich tea or sipped away during the dreaded morning commute, tea, only rivaled by its famed nemesis Coffee, is arguably the front runner when it comes to hot beverages in the UK. However, more recently the humble mug of English Tea has arguably sat in the shadows of the industries newest trend: Herbal Tea. Thanks to many praising the alternative brews for their varied health benefits, the tea market has exploded with brands offering a magnitude of choice for your morning cuppa.
Perhaps seen as the original herbal tea to many fans, Green Tea offers a range of benefits for those of regularly consume it. Arguably one of the most desired effects being its ability to encourage faster rates of fat burning. Though not universally agreed, some studies show clear indication that green tea can successfully increase an individual’s metabolic rate, perhaps making it an ideal tea option for those hoping to supplement a healthier way of living. Not only aesthetically beneficial, the antioxidant qualities found in the tea (the main one being Epigallocatechin Gallate) offer proven protection against free radicals in the body, therefore, discouraging any cell damage whether it be cancerous or disease based. Many now agree that the humble herbal brew is a complete all rounder, and definitely one to keep in your cupboards for those days when you feel you need a little health kick.
Echinacea in all forms has been given the label by some of the absolute life saver. Often used to combat the on set of colds, coughs and general dreariness Echinacea tea has become an easy way to give our immune systems the kick start they sometimes need. Though it seems the herbal remedy has only really made a serious household name for itself in more recent years, its health benefits have been utilised for hundreds of years. With a history dating back 400 years, the Purple Coneflower aka Echinacea is without a doubt a tea that has the substance to back its ever growing reputation, and luckily for us now it’s now extremely easy to find on the shelves of your local supermarket. Hallejuah.
The phenomenon of all things Matcha has well and truly swept around the world. From Asia to Australia and across the pond to the trendy cafes that occupy the cobbled roads of Shoreditch, Matcha tea has arguably pushed its Mother tea off the top of the herbal tea pedestal. As the product of Green tea, just in a powered down form, Matcha’s popularity could arguably be put down to the genius marketing behind it. However, with a long list of proven benefits, many would be pressed to disagree with the fact that choosing it as your daily cuppa was anything but beneficial. With some studies indicating anti oxidants properties triple that of Green tea, Matcha may be a trend to jump on board with.
Unfortunately for Peppermint Tea, it isn’t paired with such a trendy reputation. Seen as more of a traditional choice of herbal tea, often favored by those hoping to grab an early night, Peppermint’s popularity has arguably faded into the shadows of new millennial tea trends. However, due to the huge range of benefits that the humble brew contains, it’s definitely not one to leave out of your tea shop. From soothing stress to aiding digestion and with some research even suggesting it as a natural remedy for acne due to its apparent ability to boost estrogen levels, Peppermint tea may be exactly what you need after a stressful day.
With the tea market hitting peak popularity in recent years, it seems our choices are endlessly growing. Thanks to innovative marketing and a consistent flow of research going into the benefits of herb based products, we can be pretty sure that our tea obsession will continue to be well catered for.
“Make tea, not war.” Monty Python.