Aside from upgrading my beauty bag during my recent trip to the States, I also trawled varieties my daily drug (in teabag forms) that I thought I’d share with you. Let me cover briefly what I use them for and how they can do wonders for your wellbeing.
- Premium Japanese green tea by Choice Organic Teas
Unless you’re still living in the caveman era, you’ve probably heard that green tea provides tons of health benefits for you. I’ve been drinking the tea every day ever since I was 13, and today, I drink it mainly for cardiovascular health and endurance purposes. This selection from Choice has a very rich, grassy aroma to it that I particularly like. You’ll love it if you’re a purist.
- Organic green tea lemongrass by Traditional Medicinals
So far a teabag of this has been my daily pick-me-up. I love how it’s so lemony (almost as if it’s aromatherapy when you sniff it while it’s brewing) and yet still retain the original earthy undertones of green tea. Citral, the compound that lends lemongrass its therapeutic scent, also contains anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that boosts your gut health.
Aside from repelling mosquitoes, citral, according to an Israeli research, also triggers apoptosis of cancer cells, which is sweet to have pervading throughout your body. Read more on the health benefits of lemongrass here, courtesy of SFGate.
- Mandarin orange green tea by Lipton
This one was highly recommended by my older brother, who usually enjoys drinking oolong (yeap, tea runs in the family). He said I must try it and that I won’t regret buying it. I thought, heck, even if I did regret it, it’ll only cost me 4 bucks. So I tried it and finally ended up loving something from Lipton. I’m sick of the prevalent Lipton black teas already, so this is something refreshing. I still love the lemongrass concoction by Traditional Medicinals better though.
- Honey lemon ginseng green tea by Celestial Seasonings
Ever since I found out my hair keeps falling out (I used to have super thick hair), I’ve been incorporating more TCM in my regimen than I’ve ever been. When before I used to puke at the first kick of ginseng, now I seek to savor it and learn to love it for its adaptogenic properties.
This is one unique selection from Celestial Seasonings, a brand I always pick up during my grocery trips to Walgreens back then. According to the official site, one tea bag contains: Green tea, white tea, eleuthero, natural lemon and honey flavors with other natural flavors (soy lecithin), licorice, lemon verbena, roasted chicory, ginger, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), orange blossoms, honey and Asian ginseng – that’s a whole lot of beneficial ingredients to boost your energy.
I find one cup of this a treat, just because 2 sips is enough to make me fully awake and alert in the morning, without the instant kick you get from coffee, of course. There are mild flavors of fresh herbs, naturally sweet flavors, a very smooth blend for its green tea-white tea base, along with very little hints of ginseng. It’s slow-rising but provides you steady levels of energy for hours. If you’re thinking of incorporating the popular remedy into your routine, this is a good place to start.
- Ginkgo Biloba & red Panax ginseng tea by Prince of Peace
When it comes to bulking up my TCM regimen, ginkgo biloba is my new friend. Numerous studies have shown it’s great for enhancing concentration, upping your working memory and overall cognition. In fact, it is great for your whole nervous system because it inhibits norepinephrine reuptake, a neurotransmitter and stress hormone that increases blood flow, glucose levels, as well as regulating mood and improving attention.
What I love about this tea is its cooling floral notes from the chrysanthemum. It completely offsets the bitter base of the herbs. They all blend well, and it’s nice that you can sip this at night because it’s 100% caffeine-free.
- Licorice spice tea by STASH Herbal Tea Company
According to Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s blood type diet, it’s great for me as a blood type B to supplement with licorice to maintain digestive health and keep my liver happy. Honestly I really don’t like how sweet it is, like that of nutmeg and cinnamon, so I added a bit of ACV (apple cider vinegar) with its tannic flavors and some lemon squeeze.
Proponents have also suggested how the root is effective for increasing fertility in women, and ever since I’ve had that year off without menstruation in 2010-2011 (due to severe stress), I’ve been really proactive in finding ways to do just that. To find out more on licorice and its health-giving properties, see here, courtesy of herbwisdom.com.
A TWG Tea update
If you’ve been around for a while, you know I’m trying to do the impossible: I want to try out all the 800-something blends of the TWG Tea collection. This is how I picked up the latest addition to my list …
I was really happy with my previous white tea blend, the N6172 White Happy Tea, as I feel much more calmer on days I drink the blend in contrast with on days that I don’t. It has mild, slightly floral undertones that sends me that perfect “ahhh” feeling without the excessive bitterness associated with teas.
Maybe it’s the massive amount of antioxidants washing away the toxins out of my system (white teas are the least processed variety of them all, thereby preserving the most antioxidants and providing the least caffeine among other varieties), but I tend to sleep better when I drink white tea instead of green and/or black.
On my recent visit to the boutique, the TWG staff was pretty helpful in assisting me with their offerings, as always. Frankly, if I have all the money in the world, I would’ve bought all 15 blends of their white teas … but I ended up choosing the N6140 White Mist Tea. The silver stuff is welded with lover’s blossoms and cupid’s arrows, making it super fragrant, and what’s particularly alluring to me was its rosy aroma. It’s very feminine, the ideal pick for me to wind down along with a good book.
As you can see, the needle-like leaves are relatively longer than your usual black and green teas. They’re really pretty, don’t you think?
Even as I’m typing this, I’m brewing a cup beside me. I may have bought 100g, an amount that can normally last me up to about 6 months. But I just bought this about 4 to 5 weeks ago, so you can imagine (or not) how many cups a day of the White Mist I’ve enjoyed per evening. It works as a sedative as it really soothes me on an emotional level.
With the N6140 White Mist Tea in hand, here’s an update of the TWG Tea selections I’ve collected so far:
☑ N6140 White Mist Tea
☑ N4003 Jasmine Pearls Tea
☑ N6003 Comptoir des Indes Tea
☑ N6051 Love Me Tea
☑ N6172 White Happy Tea
-_- Right … so that’s five down, hundreds to go. I think I’m gonna have to be 120 of age to have tried them all. We’ll see.