*This post was sponsored by Rishi Tea, I received product as compensation. All opinions in this post remain my own.
**I would like to preface this by reminding y’all that I am not a health care professional, I am simply sharing my experiences, knowledge, beliefs and tips in hopes that I can enlighten readers about a natural healing path & the benefits of tea. The opinions below are my own & Rishi Tea is not held responsible for them.
Last week I shared my history with tea, what brought me to a complete and utter love of the drink, but today is the day y’all! This post has been months in the making, my passion project of 2017. I have been dying to share this so here we go!
The most important thing to look out for when buying tea is the brand. A while back Food Babe shared this post on tea & near the bottom is an awesome chart. It compares a handful of popular tea brands side to side on things such as possible pesticides, GMO’s, harmful packaging, etc. Surprise surprise, very few make the cut! However, one that does & happens to be my favorite brand is Rishi Tea, an organic tea company focused on quality & we’ve partnered up to put together the ultimate tea guide!
Pu-erh is one of the oldest types of teas.
It should be brewed for 3-6 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pu-erh can be found in loose leaf forms or compressed in shapes such as the cakes shown above & is said to be slimming, reduce stress & aid digestion. Pu-erh tea is also said to have a warming cha qi which is a unique energetic feel as you drink it.
Recommended Rishi Pu-erh blends:
–Pu-erh Tuo Cha (aged 2-4 years)
Herbal tea leaves for a wide variety of flavors & blends.
It should be brewed for 4-7 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
At Rishi you can ask about limited edition releases from their Herb Lab Series. These are small batches available for a limited time. What a fun way to experiment with your tea!
Recommended Rishi herbal blends:
–Turmeric Chai (both tumeric & chai are anti-inflammatory, this blend is a beast!)
–Blueberry Hibiscus (hibiscus is said to speed up metabolism)
–Turmeric Ginger (ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties as well so this is another beast blend. Ginger has also been known to prevent & help with nausea)
–Chamomile (chamomile is a super tasty relaxing tea, great for restless nights, cramps, anxiety, restless muscles, etc.)
Green tea is my go-to babe.
Japanese green tea should be brewed for 2-3 minutes at 175-185 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chinese green tea should be brewed for 3-4 minutes at 175-185 degrees Fahrenheit.
Green tea has a plethora of health benefit including detoxifying properties, aiding in fat burning & improving brain function (try a cup of green tea before & after your workout!). Drinking a couple cups of green tea & plenty of water daily is an amazing way to keep your body cleansed.
Recommended Rishi green tea blends:
–Matcha Gyokuro (this matcha blend is an awesome starter for new matcha drinker)
–Matcha Super Green (matcha is super trendy right now but for good reason, it is said to be the “espresso” of green tea, containing all the benefits of green tea but intensified)
–Matcha Ginger Buzz (combine the benefits of ginger with those of matcha and here is another beast blend)
–Raspberry Green Tea (great for when you’re truly just looking for a super yummy cup of tea)
–Maghreb Mint (mint is an overall wellness booster, but is well known as an aid for upset stomachs)
–Orange Blossom (similarly to chamomile, orange blossom is said to help with insomnia, anxiety & menstrual cramps)
Black tea may have originated in China but today you can find black tea grown all over.
It should be brewed for 3-5 minutes at 195-200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Black tea is one of the more caffeinated teas, however compared to the caffeine content in other drinks such as soda, it is rather low. This natural amount of caffeine is actually good for you and can effectively increase energy.
Recommended Rishi black tea blends:
–Masala Chai (this is one of my favorite chai blends, chai is said to prevent colds, boost metabolism, reduce bloating & increase energy)
–Earl Grey (after green tea, this tea known to help with anxiety & depression was one of the catalysts to my tea love, I always recommend it)
White tea is generally a naturally sweet tea.
It should be brewed for 3-4 minutes at 175-185 degrees Fahrenheit.
Picked early in season & allowed to air dry / wither on woven rattan trays, white tea has a high amino acid content. It is also said to have the benefits of green tea, but intensified.
Recommended Rishi white tea blends:
–Silver Needle (one of the most rare & revered blends)
Honorable mention: Oolong tea, as many teas do, aids in weight-loss, stress reduction & over all mental health.
It should be brewed for 3-4 minutes at 190-200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Awesome add-ins for your tea: This is all based on preference and the tea blend you are brewing, however I recommend…
- Raw, unfiltered honey
- Almond or coconut milk
- Fresh lemon
- Dark chocolate (now I don’t recommend chocolate in most tea however a tiny bit in your chai? Yum.)
- Green leaf stevia
There we have it, the ultimate tea guide! Did I forget something? Did you find this useful? Should I commit myself even more & do more posts like this?! Let me know!