Christmas is a time for excess, the year just gone was probably even more so given what we’ve all been through. But as sure as night follows day the New Year will see many of us decide to turn over a new leaf. We’ll kick the excesses of December into touch in an attempt to start 2021 with a health kick.
Some of us may decide to do a detox diet or even vow to try to do Dry January or Veganuary with the aim of giving our overtaxed digestive systems and livers a bit of a break!
While the gym is currently out of reach and outdoor exercise is limited to once per day it’s easy to get discouraged.
Thankfully the reality is we don’t have to do too much to turn over a new leaf in a bid to get healthy. One health kick is in plentiful supply and is probably already lurking in your kitchen cupboard.
TEA… THE HEALTH KICK IN YOUR KITCHEN CUPBOARD
This mysterious miracle elixir has been doing the rounds for thousands of years, ever since it was first discovered in China in 2737 BC.
The first written records banging on about the health benefits of tea drinking date back to the eighth century in a book called ‘Ch’a Ching’ (to you and me ‘Tea Classic’) by the eminent Chinese tea master and writer Lù Yǔ (give him a Google – he’s a nifty bloke).
There are four main types of tea, Green Tea, Black Tea, White Tea, and Oolong Tea and since early 2000 herbal teas have begun to muscle in on the act too with tasty infusions including, Chamomile, Hibiscus, and Rooibos going down a treat.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA
Depending on you choose – and whether or not you eat healthily and exercise frequently, these teas and herbal teas pack just the right punch to give you a real health boost…
GREEN TEA HEALTH BENEFITS
Green tea is the healthiest of the lot, the reason being the many different types are brim full of antioxidants, which gives the body the ability to combat free radicals, which the human body makes a habit of collecting.
So, do yourself a favour and brew a Farrer’s Green Sencha tea, this stunning Japanese green tea has an intense grassy flavour with a little sweetness and handily it’s rich in antioxidants… just the thing to help you detox…
ROOIBOS TEA HEALTH BENEFITS
Unsurprisingly Rooibos tea packs a health punch too… (yet again it’s tea free). Made from the ‘Red Bush’ it’s been around for a bit. It was first drunk by the San and Khoikhoi people in the Western Cape of South Africa. It didn’t get the recognition it deserved until the 1960’s when Dr. Annique Theron extolled the virtues of Rooibos after using it to treat her young daughter’s allergies. It’s no surprise it worked as the drink is brim full of minerals; including iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc and magnesium.
It’s a little magic bullet and happily Farrer’s Rooibos tea is no different… delivering a brew with a deliciously distinctive nutty taste and lots of mineral goodness to help you relax and unwind after a hectic day.
LEMON VERBENA HEALTH BENEFITS
Lemon Verbena is a wee pick me up too, hailing from South America. This perennial shrub (you guessed it’s not a tea either…) can be found in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Paraguay. It hit our shores when Spanish explorers brought it back to Europe in the 17th century and it’s been pretty popular ever since, as a flavouring for foods and as an ingredient in perfumes.
Handily it just happens to make a tip top infusion too, which is rich in antioxidants and has lots of a chemical called verbascoside in it, a chemical found in lots of medicinal plants, which happens to help the human body deal with all those pesky oxidants we encounter daily.
So, when you slurp a cup of Farrer’s Lemon Verbena Infusion not only will you delight in its light buttery notes, subtle lemon scenting and slightly grassy finish you’ll also be able to feel slightly smug because the tea your drinking has a hidden bonus as it helps to increase energy levels too.
CAMOMILE TEA HEALTH BENEFITS
Camomile tea (it’s not really a tea as there’s no camellia sinensis in it) is recognised the world over for its calming qualities. It’s perfect for helping you enjoy your night-time kip, and with over a million cups knocked back every single day lots of people seem to have got on the inside track. If you haven’t there’s a simple solution to help you get with the programme….
Get your hands on Farrer’s Camomile floral tea, not only will you be able to savour a cup of summery elegance, which is brim full of freshness with a light, cleansing flavour that can be enjoyed at any time of day… you’ll be able to benefit from all of its therapeutic properties…
EXPLORE FARRER’S TEAS
We’ve touched the tip of the iceberg as far as ‘teas’ go but even just looking at the four suspects above it’s pretty clear that tea in all its forms has the necessary ingredients to help give you a health kick. So, what are you waiting for? Pop the kettle on, and enjoy a brew as part of your healthy and active lifestyle…