Which Teas Do I Drink - When and Why?
What do I drink when I have so many (too many) teas at my disposal? After a lot of drinking and testing, I thought I'd put a list together of teas that I commonly drink, when and why. I'm not sure how comprehensive this list will be, as there's a lot to cover and a lot I could say but I will keep it to the essentials and most worthy mentions.
Stress Level 1
When I'm mildly stressed, I'll usually make a beeline for either Chamomile or Damiana. Chamomile has more of an overall nice relaxing taste and feeling that reminds you that everythings going to be okay. There's a reason it's popular, and this is it.
Damiana is a little stronger and to be honest makes me pretty sleepy! This is my Stress Level 1 evening/night time drink. I find it has a bit of a stronger effect than Chamomile and is pretty popular/effective against stronger levels of stress and anxiety too.
Stress Level 2
When I think the world is ending, Valerian is normally my go to tea. A very popular seller here throughout Australia as many have discovered just how good it is (if you can get past the taste). The taste is pretty unusual and many will either blend it with other teas or add some honey to get around this. Personally I kind of like it...maybe I've had too much and just gotten used to it?
I just want some tea
If I just want some tea, I'll usually go with Green Tea. It's simple, very healthy, tastes great, high antioxidants for the skin, and honestly I think it helps me to keep my weight down too. The one we have here is 'first harvest' which means it's the best possible quality batch of the year and is Australian grown.
I strongly feel that drinking a cup of this a day keeps me healthy and haven't been sick in quite a long time now.
When I want some Iced/Chilled tea
You're probably expecting me to go with one of the fruit teas we have, but I'll be honest and choose a simple answer again as I did above - I'll often place a few pinches of Hibiscus Tea within a paper tea bag and leave it in the fridge overnight within about a litre of water. It's a strong tea that absorbs into water easily, so you'll be set with chilled hibiscus for at least a few days.
I love the tangy kind of taste it gives and fulfills some kind of craving when you're thirsty. I often wonder how many customers do the same!
When my throat hurts
I haven't had a truly sore throat in awhile, but I do find that occasionally if I'm unlucky I'll get a kind of allergic reaction from inhaling 170 different types of teas everyday while packing. Do know know when you have a scratchy kind of throat and just want to get inside there and attack it but there's nothing you can do?
I let Liquorice Root do the attacking for me, with the protective coating and anti-inflammatory properties it provides the throat. It's really quite good and almost never fails to provide some relief.
When I'm sick
When I do get sick with a cough or cold, or more importantly, feel like I'm getting sick - I'll usually take Echinacea Root. One of the main components within cold and flu tablets, this ones been used for a long time as an immune system booster. The leaf of Echinacea is also decent, but I find that personally it gives me headaches unfortunately. I don't seem to have that problem with the root.
When I have friends over
Another good option is Jasmine Green, which is universally liked, or Buddhas Tears for something a bit more fancy.
One of the great things about French Earl Grey is that it's quite flexible and open to having its taste changed in a few different wants to suit different people. Black, Honey, Sugar, or Milk can be added so you have a lot of options to play around with there.
Well, that's my list! I hope you enjoyed it and got a few new ideas on which tea to take on certain occasions. : )
- Toby Gospodarczyk