I’m the kind of person who is always looking for natural ways to improve well-being. Since my college years, aromatherapy has been an important part of my life, and so has the habit of drinking tea. If you only drink tea when you are sick to help you feel better, know that you’ve been missing out on all the goodness.
A number of studies have shown that drinking tea can help improve heart health, protect brain health and even prevent certain types of cancer. Drinking any kind of tea regularly can have a lasting impact on your wellness. However, some teas, such as Ceylon, have the ability to provide more benefits than others. If you’ve never tried it, you really don’t know what you’re missing!
While it’s not very popular, Ceylon is a great tasting tea that is mixed with lots of other teas that you may be more familiar with. If you’ve ever drank Earl grey tea, Ceylon is one of its components. But you can also find 100% natural Ceylon tea on its own if you want to have the full experience with just this tea. Due to its unique flavour, for a lot of people (including me) it’s best when enjoyed by itself. As it’s a black tea, you’ll get to enjoy the expected benefits from other black teas, plus some more.
Benefits of Ceylon Tea
Packed with antioxidants, Ceylon can be your best ally for living a longer and fuller life. The antioxidants found in this tea have the power to reduce oxidative stress and the presence of free radicals within the body. This helps the immune system focus on the important things, like keeping you protected from infections.
Promotes Weight Loss
This specific tea is also an effective method to aid in weight loss for many people. Its ability to stimulate metabolism makes it a great tool for those trying to lose weight. When your metabolism works faster, your body naturally burns fat faster even if you don’t change any other aspects of your workout regime or lifestyle. This means, drinking a cup of the incredible Sri Lankan tea in the morning will give your metabolism a boost, so you’ll have more energy for even more activities, which can further increase your calorie-burning efforts.
Another substance found in it that helps with increased energy is caffeine. By providing your body with a healthy dose of caffeine, this tea also improves your cognitive acuity and attention, and can also put you out of that morning energy slump. Drinking two to three cups of this brew over the course of the day will also help avoid the caffeine crash that you tend to get from coffee.
As for how much caffeine there is in Ceylon, you can expect around 50 mg of caffeine per cup, which is much less than a regular cup of coffee. To reduce the level of caffeine in your brew, use cooler water and don’t re-steep the Ceylon tea leaves. It’s not recommended to wash the leaves first in order to reduce the caffeine levels because you’ll wash out the flavours too. A very short infusion for washing the leaves is recommended only to clean or open up the leaves, and not to reduce the caffeine content. If you’re looking to reduce the caffeine intake and still want to drink real Ceylon teas, decaf versions are available too.
Aids Skin Care
Containing certain types of antioxidants that reduce collagen loss in the skin by preventing oxidative stress in the surrounding cells makes this tea mighty in combating premature ageing, eliminating pesky wrinkles, and promoting healthier blemish-free skin. Collagen is essential for skin elasticity as it helps keep the skin taut and strong.
Protects the Heart
The tasty Ceylon tea also contains a significant amount of potassium, which is an important element of heart health. Potassium functions as a vascular vasodilator, which means it relaxes the tension in blood vessels and arteries, allowing your blood pressure to decrease to normal, health levels and reduce the strain on your heart. Starting your day with a cup of this tea along with potassium-rich fruit like bananas can do wonders for your long-term heart health.
Regulates Diabetes Symptoms
Research has linked it with reduced blood glucose levels, which is particularly important for those with diabetes. By assisting to regulate the glucose and insulin levels in the body, Ceylon tea can prevent the spikes and drops that can be dangerous for individuals with diabetes.
How to Make Ceylon Tea?
Just like any other tea: pour a cup of water into a pan and bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, add one teaspoon of the tea and let it steep for a few minutes. Remember, the longer you steep it, the more the caffeine content the tea will have and the stronger the flavour will be.