Are you a coffee or a tea person? If someone were to ask me that age-old question, I would probably have to say tea. To all those who are coffee connoisseurs in America, I know, but I’m siding with the Brits on this one. To be fair, the main reason I say tea is because I’m strongly encouraged not to intake too much caffeine for health reasons, so I’m just following my doctor’s order!
Now, there’s a myriad of tea out there, but I tend to stick with five different categories when it comes to figuring out what tea I should take for what purpose.
1. When your stomach is not feeling well.
Ginger tea is not a cure-all tea for all your digestive-related ailments, but it does help in that ginger warms up and soothes your digestive tract. If you don’t like the strong ginger taste, you can go for ginger turmeric tea (turmeric mellows out the kick from ginger), or peppermint tea works as well.
2. When you’re feeling down and stressed out in general.
If you want to get a good night rest after a stressful day, opt for chamomile or any sort of herbal tea before hitting the sack. I don’t know about you, but chamomile really does the trick when it comes to relaxation.
3. When you need to stay awake without drinking coffee.
If I’m really in dire need of caffeine at work, I go for classic black tea, with a dash of milk. Just a note, I tend to put my milk after my tea has been steeped for about two to three minutes. If I want to take it up a notch in terms of spices, I go with chai, or if I want to be fancy, I go with Marco Polo.
4. When you’re eating oily or heavy food.
I go to oolong tea or green tea (not matcha in this case) on this one. I’m not sure what it is about oolong tea, but it really balances out greasy food. Same goes for green tea. They both cleanses my palate so that there is no lingering oily aftertaste.
5. When you want to break out of your usual tea selection.
Try rooibos tea. I remember sipping on this tea for the first time at some cafe. With a red tinge, it has a distinct flavor to it that is different from black or white tea. Since rooibos tea is caffeine free, if you’re in need of energy booster, there’s Yerba mate,
Note: If you want to find root-based or fruit-based tea, such as burdock root, barley, yuzu, jujube, etc., take a trip to your local Asian market.
I’m always on the lookout for some great tea, so I’m open to any recommendations!