Ancient Taoist tea-master, connoisseur and 9th century poet Lu T’Sung was once gifted a rare and special tea by one of his patrons – a specialty tea that was, at the time, reserved for royalty and grown on imperial grounds.
After tasting the tea, this poet of Zen tradition went on to write the beloved poem ‘7 Cups of Tea’. In his sweet and short verse, he wrote that by the seventh cup of this special tea, he felt transformed in body and in spirit, as though he was joining the immortals.
Hundreds of years later, lovers of tea still enjoy the feeling of calm and relaxation that a cup of tea can bring. Whether you prefer the hearty and strong flavors of black teas or the subtle and nuanced flavors of white teas, tea has stood the test of time among a variety of health trends and fad diets.
And while our gently plucked and handcrafted teas are yet to promise immortality, we are still eager to guide you through the health benefits of our loose-lea, orthodox teas. In this blog, we focus on the benefits of white tea.
What is white tea?
Once reserved for nobility and emperors as a token of honor, white tea is now enjoyed all over the world for their complex, subtle flavors and delicate aromas.
White tea gets its name from the fine, silvery down that coat young, unopened buds and leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Because it undergoes minimal processing, it is said to be a type of loose-leaf tea that can be savored in its purest form.
Read more about the history, production and brewing of white teas here.
An Antioxidant Rich Brew:
Because of its minimal processing and lack of oxidation, white tea is loaded with antioxidants. Silver Tips or Silver Needles are said to be especially abundant in antioxidants.
Antioxidants protect cells from damage by reducing the amount of a compound called free-radicals in the body. Not only does this reduce inflammation in skin cells, some studies say that white tea extract can also protect animal nerve cells.
Incorporating a cup of white tea into your daily routine can provide a natural defense mechanism that helps your body fight diseases.
Strong Heart and Healthy Circulation:
Chronic inflammation in the body is strongly linked to heart disease. The polyphenol compounds abundant in loose leaf white tea may support heart health, reduce cholesterol levels and relax your blood vessels, lowering blood pressure as well.
By prioritizing your cardiovascular health, you embark on a path of vitality and longevity, ensuring your heart beats strong for years to come.
Weight Management with Delicious Teas:
With its metabolism-boosting properties, White Teas is said to assist in burning fat cells along with aiding digestion.
Unlike sugary beverages, white tea is low-calorie, nourishing and delicious, making it a delightful addition to your daily routine.
White Tea and Radiant Skin:
A cup of white tea every day can help you achieve a healthy glow. The antioxidants found in white tea, combined with its anti-inflammatory properties, can help reduce signs of aging, promote skin elasticity, and offer a healthy, vibrant complexion.
By incorporating white tea into your beauty regimen, you'll witness the transformative power of this ancient elixir.
Better breath with every sip:
White tea cares for more than just your body; it also supports your oral health. Its natural antibacterial properties combat the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth, reducing the risk of cavities, plaque, and bad breath. Smile with confidence, knowing that white tea is there to safeguard your oral hygiene.
Cultivate Serenity and Mental Clarity:
In a fast-paced world, finding moments of tranquility is essential for our well-being. White tea, enriched with the amino acid L-theanine, promotes relaxation and mental clarity. It can help alleviate stress and anxiety, allowing you to embrace a state of calm focus. Sip your way to serenity, and let white tea be your ally in the pursuit of balance.
From the Eastern Hills of Nepal, our fresh, handcrafted white teas and tea blends can bring you the essence of purity and health.
Experience the power of antioxidants, support your cardiovascular system, rejuvenate your skin, and find solace in serenity. Embrace the gift of white tea, and let it unlock the gates to a healthier, more vibrant you. Cheers to a life steeped in wellness!
Frequently Asked Questions:
When Is the Best Time to Drink White Tea?
Because of its lower caffeine content, white tea can be enjoyed any time of the day. However, the anti-inflammatory properties are best enjoyed when drunk first thing in the morning, or after a meal.
Do White Teas Have Antioxidants?
Because White Tea is made of the youngest leaves and unrolled buds of the Camellia Sinensis plant, and goes through minimal processing, these leaves are said to have a higher concentration of anti-oxidants than green teas, which also are known to be rich in antioxidants.
Which White Tea is best for Weight Loss?
White tea is a delicious, metabolism boosting alternative for those who are looking for a low-calorie beverage. Silver Tips blends, like our Silver Yeti, is said to contain higher levels of antioxidants that can reduce inflammation, improve circulation and boost overall metabolism and heart health, aiding to weight loss.
Is White Tea Calming?
With compounds like L-theanine and enriched with essential amino-acids, silver needles and loose-leaf white tea are said to promote overall relaxation. The subtle flavors and delicate aroma of this tea also promotes wellbeing.
Warming spices and aromatic herbs like mint and lemongrass, as well as notes of citrus can be added to delicate and refined taste of white tea to create a drink that is even more soothing and relaxing. Check out our blends like White Prakash and Buddha’s Potion for relaxing and aromatic brews.
Is White Tea Anti-Aging?
Yes, drinking a cup once or twice daily can clear up your skin and aid in maintaining skin health. White tea is said to have antiviral and antibacterial properties that keep skin, teeth and gums healthy.
Can White Tea Lower Blood Pressure?
The polyphenol compounds abundant in loose leaf white tea may reduce cholesterol levels and relax your blood vessels, lowering blood pressure as well.
Is White Tea Good for Hair Growth?
Yes, white tea brews can aid in strengthening hair, promoting hair heath and growth. They are rich in the compound epigallocatechin gallate, an antioxidant that fights hair loss.