White tea is grown and harvested in china which is lightly oxidized. This tea is mostly found in the Fujian province and most recently its growth started in northern Thailand, Taiwan and eastern Nepal. White tea comes from the buds and leaves of sinensis plant of the Chinese camellia.
What are the Health Benefits of White Tea?
For centuries, tea has been used as medicine and now with the current science and technology, people are beginning to realize what the people in china have used for so long to keep them healthy. Tea is very good for your health. White tea being the least processed tea, it contains the highest level of antioxidant and this makes it the supreme health drink.
Some of the many health benefits include:
Prevents cancer- white tea has the power to fight the cancer causing cells. Different types of cancer like prostrate, colon and stomach cancers have no chances in your body because the white tea acts like drugs only that it doesn’t have any side effects.
Lowers blood pressure- from the research that has been done, white tea improves the artery function and helps lower blood pressure. It promotes strong and healthy blood vessels that act as guards against stroke.
Heart protection – after lowering the blood pressure and cholesterol, the white tea protects the whole circulatory system and the heart. Research shows that those who frequently drink white tea have the least chances of dying of heart attack. This is why the white is recommendable.
Healthy teeth and gums – white tea does not contain much fluoride and that’s why it keeps the teeth and gum healthy and kills all the bacteria that causes tooth decay and bad breath.
Strengthens bones – drinking white tea regularly makes the bones stronger and can also be of help to anyone suffering from arthritis.
Kills bacteria and viruses – the antioxidants that are contained by the white tea helps in cleansing the whole body system that kills all the bacteria and viruses that could cause more harmful diseases.
Healthy skin – stress, staying out in the sun for long and poor diet may cause damage to your skin and makes it age prematurely. White tea can reverse the damage and give you a more healthy and radiant skin.
Lowers cholesterol - the white tea increases the good cholesterol and decreases the bad cholesterol which prevents the arteries from hardening and blocking the blood flow.
Types of White Tea
There are different types of white tea that have the same value to the body:
- Silver needle
- White peony
- Tribute eyebrow
- Long life eyebrow
Flavor and Aroma
White tea has different flavors to choose from according to the one that pleases you.
The various flavors include:
- Buddha's blend
- Cherry blossom
- Cocoa lemon Thai
- Mango madness
- Ginger pear (organic)
- Gold rush (organic)
White tea has a fragrant aroma that is soft. It is inspired by the Fujian mountains in china’s south east which are covered by mist. The easiest way to brew white tea is by the use of a strainer whereby you pour the steaming tea to the cup and then you let it cool for a while. Your tea is ready to drink.
Brewing and Steeping
White tea requires a minimum temperature of 175 degrees and the steeping duration should be between 45 seconds and 1 minute. If the instructions are followed, the white tea produced will have the best taste and aroma. White tea contains caffeine and when the intake of tea is high, there could be effects like insomnia and anxiety. Being a product of camellia sinensis, the caffeine content is high and therefore anyone taking the tea should be careful not to overdo it.