We've explored the benefits of both Black Tea
and Green Tea
, so now it's time to look at the elusive White Tea
Like the Black and Green teas before it, White Tea
comes from the Camellia Sinensis
plant. White Tea
is thought to be the earliest form of tea because written accounts of White Tea
date all the way back to Emperor Song Huizong of the Song Dynasty, which was around 1105 AD.
was first produced in the Fujian province before spreading to the nearby Shuiji and Zhenghe areas. Instead of oxidizing the tea, cultivators chose to simply dry the young leaves; a process that let White Tea
keep more of its antioxidants and nutrients.
Those antioxidants make White Tea the perfect solution for things like:
White Tea can also be used in other ways as well. You can also:
- Improving cardiovascular Health (a group of antioxidants known as Catechins reduce cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, repair vein tissue, and improve overall cardiovascular function)
- Boosting your immunity (White Tea has antifungal and antibacterial properties that combine with the antioxidants for an incredible boost!)
- Preventing the signs of aging (The antioxidant power of White Tea helps combat the free radicals and keeps the aging process at bay)
- Keeping diabetes under control (This Study shows that drinking White Tea could lower plasma glucose levels, decrease polydipsia, and increase insulin production)
- Preventing cancers (White Tea is loaded with antioxidants known as Flavinoids that combat the growth of cancer cells)
- Increasing bone heath and density (Unfortunately, I was unable to find the specific studies for this, but all of my sources claim that people who drink White Tea on a daily basis have stronger bones than those who do not)
- Boosting weight loss (This Study states that White Tea can boost your metabolism and prevent new fat cells from forming)
White Tea is much like Green Tea in terms of flavor, but it's a bit lighter and sweeter. However, it can be combined with other herbs to create delicious new flavors. I won't list them out for you here (two bullet lists is quite enough for one article), but you can find some suggestions on both the Black Tea and Green Tea pages.
To sum it up, White Tea is the greatest of the three. Black and Green Tea have their benefits, but the oxidation process makes them lose some of their potency. White Tea, however, has no such restrictions. It's jam-packed with every antioxidant you could possibly want, as well as some key nutrients to keep your body happy and healthy.
To learn more, visit Teavivre, Organic Facts, Dr. Axe, The Tea Talk, Natural Remedy Ideas, White Tea Guide, and Teatulia.
Sadly, I didn't have any White Tea on hand to photograph, so these photos from The Tea Talk will have to do until I can take some of my own.
- Chew them fresh to help combat bad breath and promote tooth and gum health
- Use the cooled tea as a face wash
- Clean wood floors or furniture with it (White or Green Tea is best for lighter woods, Black Tea for darker ones)
- Use them to soak up funky smells
- And more!