If you want to get technical then there are only a few types of tea because there is only one tea plant, Camellia Sinensis. If we focus just on this plant then the types of tea are Black, which is fermented for a long period; Green, which is not; Matcha, which is green tea served and consumed whole in a powdered form; and White, which is picked when the buds are young. There are also teas that are fermented for longer, teas that are blended from different varieties of Camellia Sinensis and teas that are smoked.
However, if you take “tea” as a term used to describe a hot drink infused with a plant material, then the varieties are as broad as the definition. That’s basically what we will focus on in this section of the TeaReviews.co.uk website. We will strive to cover as many different types of tea as we can, telling you all about them, including what they are, where they are grown, how they are brewed and what kind of health benefits they provide.
Herbal vs Non Herbal Tea
Teas are often categorized into two types: Herbal and Tea. The latter are those that come from the Camellia Sinensis plant and the former is basically everything that does not. But that doesn’t really make room for teas like Rooibos, which is closer to Camellia Sinensis than many types of herbal tea and is often marketed as “caffeine free tea”.
And the caffeine content is key because most herbal teas do not contain caffeine while teas from the tea plant do. The more they are fermented, the higher the caffeine content will be, but because caffeine is pretty rare in nature (found in only 60 or so species) there are many more caffeine free teas than caffeinated ones.
Health Benefits of Tea
Most teas are loaded with antioxidants. This is pretty much a given. It has nothing to do with the tea plant and everything to do with plants in general. They are a great source of key antioxidants that keep you healthy and fighting fit. The plants used in herbal teas often have densely concentrated antioxidants, much more so than vegetables, so even though we’re not consuming these directly and are merely infusing some small amounts of them in water, we can still benefit from an abundance of antioxidants.
This is the foundation of all health benefits from tea, but it’s not the only thing that makes them heathy. There are teas that contain unique types of antioxidants, teas that contain chemicals that can soothe the stomach, hasten waste transition in the bowels, flush out water from the body, alleviate pain, and much more.
In many cases, there are teas that have been consumed as medicines for thousands of years, ranging from the relatively mild effects of the common hops plant, to the scientifically proven health benefits of herbal teas like Greek mountain tea, nettle tea and camomile tea.
How to Read About Them
To read about these herbal tea types for yourself, just click the links in the dropdown menu. This page merely serves as a foundation for all of these great articles and there isn’t much here to excite you, but on the individual pages we have on herbal teas there is more than enough exciting information to go around.