We have people drinking tea once in a day or maybe twice just to feel fresh or for rejuvenating the body. But then we have tea lovers who can sip a cup any time of the day or night for that.
But have you tried the Ceylon tea? Have you heard of its amazing health benefits? If not, then read on to gain some knowledge on this wonderful beverage “Ceylon tea”.
The history behind the name:
Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon until it was colonized by the British Empire in 1972. So basically the tea grown in Sri Lanka is known as Ceylon tea. The name of the country is officially changed to Sri Lanka but the name of the tea remains the same.
Earlier the British started the tea plantation in Sri Lanka for their consumption. It was started with a non-commercial purpose. At that time coffee was the main plantation crop in Sri Lanka. But slowly with time, the popularity of tea increased so much that almost all the coffee plantations were changed into tea plantations.
Ceylon loose leaf tea is the major commodity of export for Sri Lanka today. It provides employment to more than one million people in a direct or indirect way. Today Sri Lanka has become the fourth largest producer of tea (as per the 2016 reports).
- Black Ceylon tea:
It is the most common type. It is the specialty of Ceylon tea. It has more amount of antioxidants. Its aroma is same as citrus.
- Green Ceylon tea:
Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and is full of antioxidants. They come in pungent, malty or nutty flavor.
- White Ceylon tea:
It is also known as silver tip tea. It is the most expensive Ceylon tea, which has a delicate flavor with a touch of honey and pine. It is grown and rolled with hands and dried under the sun.
The health benefits of tea are known from time immemorial. Even during the Chinese era, the tea was used for medicinal purposes. It provides the same health benefits.
Buying tea today is just a click away. While buying tea ensure you buy loose leaf tea as it is always more beneficial than the tea bags.
Read on to get a glimpse of all the health benefits:
- Reduces the risk of cancer:
The antioxidants present in the Ceylon tea namely “theaflavins” and “Thea Rubi gins” fight the free radicals in the body. The free radicals are responsible for damaging the DNA and making the body weaker and increase the risk of cancer.
Therefore, by consuming this health drink you can prevent the occurrence of cancer.
- Improves mental alertness:
The caffeine can help your brain get more active and improve its alertness. The caffeine proportion is Ceylon tea is very mediocre compared to coffee and thus, helps the body in a more gentle way.
- Makes you look younger:
The antioxidants reactivate the dying cells and help in reducing the loss of collagen. Hence, makes the skin more attractive and glowing.
- Boosts the immune system:
Those who have a bad immunity always are prone to cold and flu easily. Drinking this beverage will help them build their immunity and get rid of the problem of falling sick often.
The tea helps in preserving the healthy cells and flushing out the dead cells from the body.
- Repairs wounds faster:
Regular drinking of this potion helps in speeding up the wound recovery with improved immunity.
- Reduces weight:
The Ceylon tea helps in improving the metabolism and that, in turn, helps in burning fat at a faster pace and reduces the weight.
- Cures hypertension:
Drinking Single Estate Tea reduces stress levels, and thereby, help patients with hypertension to get rid of it. It has potassium which keeps the blood pressure level normal.
- Used in beauty industries:
Like all other tea types, even this variety is also used in the beauty field for better complexions and glowing skin.
The serving tips given below will enhance the taste and help you make the most of the tea drinking:
- Use warm water to brew it to get the best of flavor.
- Use quality porcelain to enhance the taste.
- Reduce the strong taste by adding honey and lemon.
- The green variety can be added to milk.
- Brown sugar can be added if you need a sweet taste.
- Steep the tea bag for 45 seconds to a minute to reduce the caffeine content.