When people think about anti-aging teas from Asia, they tend to focus on the many varieties of green and white tea that are available. However, there are many other kinds of health-giving teas that are available in your local Chinatown that offer a plethora of health benefits. Here are a few types that you can sample to add some variety to your life at tea-time.
Bai Hao Oolong – This aromatic tea from the Fujian Province in China is also known as “Dong Fang Mei Ren” or Oriental Beauty. The taste is rich and honey like and it is a thick yellow color. This tea promotes metabolism, controls obesity, fights free radicals and prevents aging.
Buckwheat Tea – The best-roasted buckwheat tea comes from the Yunnan province of China. It is common in Southeast Asia and Japan, where it is known as Soba Cha or Ku Quao Mai. It cures insomnia and calms and soothes the nerves. It is a beauty tonic for the skin and moistens reproductive organs that may be drying out due to a loss of hormones.
Crooked Horse Tea – This is a high-quality oolong tea that is grown in the An hi region in the Fujian province in China. It gets its name from the fact that the leaves resemble a variety of peach in the area known as the Crooked Horse Peach. The tea is roasted in an oven and has a golden color. This tea promotes metabolism, controls obesity, fights free radicals and prevents aging
Gingko Tea (sometimes spelled on the box as Ginko) – The Gingko tree is popularly known as the Silver Apricot in Asia. It is also known as the “long life” tree as ginkgo trees can live longer than any other plant in the world. It is a musky, woody and nutty tasting tea that has a sweet aftertaste. The best tea comes from the An Hui Province. It increases blood circulation to the brain and extremities, increases metabolism, relaxes constricted blood vessels and improves concentration and memory. Depressed and recuperating individuals find it of great benefit.
Huang Jin Gui -This famous Oolong Tea means “Golden Osmanthus.” The tea itself is yellowish green and has a strong, floral flavor. This tea promotes metabolism, controls obesity, fights free radicals and prevents aging.
Jade Tie Guan Yin – This is a very high-grade Oolong tea that is a vibrant green color. It. This is not a green tea even though it is green. It smells like orchids and has a honey-like taste with a hint of flowers. The best Jade Tie Guan Yin Tea comes from An Xi in the Fujian Province. This tea prevents aging by fighting free, radicals, promotes metabolism and controls obesity.
Jiao Gu Lan – This tea is known as Chinese Southern ginseng tea or Gynostemma. The tea smells like seaweed but tastes tart and refreshing like other ginseng teas. The best quality Jiao Gu Lan comes from Wan Nan in the An Hui Province. This incredible tea is often known as the longevity tonic. It is anti-aging and indicated by physicians for anti-inflammation, detoxification; cough remedy, as an expectorant and as a chronic bronchitis remedy. It is also used heart palpitation and for conditions of fatigue.
Keemun – This is a reddish colored black tree that comes from the Qimen county in southern Anhui province. It is also known as Quihong Tea. This tea was created in 1875 during the Qing Dynasty. It has a potent fragrance and taste that contains notes of fruit, flowers, and smoke. The polyphenols in this tea reduce the risk of stroke.
Nantou Oolong – This reddish tea is farmed in the famous Nantou tea farming region near Taiwan. It has a very light sweet flavor. It is aids in weight loss, fights aging and regulates blood sugar.
Pearl Chrysanthemum -This specialty chrysanthemum tea is produced from young unopened buds of chrysanthemum flowers. It is also known as Ju Mi, Sui Chang, Ju Mi. The best quality Pearl Chrysanthemum tea comes from the Zhejiang Province. It is a sweet clear tea and is drunk to enhance vision and brighten up the skin.
Qian Ri Hong – The name of this clover-like bud literally translates to “Thousand Days Red” due to the long blooming period of this flower. It is also known as Red Globe Amaranth Flower, Thousand Days Red, Wan Nian Hong (Ten Thousand Years Red) It creates a light, sweet tea that ranges in color from pale pink to deep purple depending on how long you brew it. The best quality Quian Ri Hong comes from the An Hui Province. Medicinally it is used to relieve a cough, shortness of breath, and enhance vision.
Rosebud Tea – This Herbal tea is made from real rose buds, plucked when they are young and then dried. It has a natural rosy appearance, taste, and aroma. It is also known as Megui Hua. The best Chinese rosebud tea comes from the An Hui Province. The essential oils in Rosebud Tea can help to improve circulation, heart function and make the skin look more youthful.
Ying De Hong – This is one of the very few Black teas to come from the Guangdong province of China. Also known as Guangdong Black and Ying Hong, this Black tea was first introduced in the year 1959. It has a peppery sweet taste and is often served diluted with condensed milk. It is an amber color. It reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Yunnan Gold – The Feng Quing region of the Yunnan Province is renowned for producing some of the world’s best black teas. This healthy tea is rich in polyphenols and vitamins and has a naturally sweet malted flavor. Drinking this tea daily also reduces the risk of heart and stroke
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