Story by Cassie Meza and Hannah Ramirez

Ah, the pleasure of sipping tea on a cold morning. Seeing as tea is a very common, day-to-day beverage, knowing the benefits of tea can be a motivator to incorporate these drinks into your everyday life.


**this article contains holistic beliefs, please seek professional medical advice when in need of confirmation**


Tea is a well known natural remedy in most non-western countries, and due to this it has deep historical roots in East Asia.


Hibiscus tea has been used in Sudan and Egypt for hundreds of years, and was mostly served cold back then (and present time as well). Pharaohs would use it to cool themselves down on a hot summer day.


The tea is known for its antioxidant properties and could help inflammation. Antioxidants are substances that could protect your cells from free radicals. Free radicals are unstable atoms that could cause illness or damage your cells.


Hibiscus tea could be prepared in a multitude of ways. Hibiscus is a flower in which you grind and boil. It is able to be served hot or cold depending on the mood you are in! Hibiscus tea could be sweetened using cane sugar and date syrup. In Hispanic culture, this drink is commonly referred to as jamaica


According to doctors who carefully studied hibiscus tea and its benefits, the tea is known to cause cell death in leukemia and gastric cancer cells.


“I really like iced hibiscus tea,” said junior Jenny Tucker. “It’s so refreshing during a hot day.”


Originating in Europe and West Asia and since ancient times, chamomile tea has been cherished by the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians for centuries. It was believed to be a gift from the God of the Sun due to its medicinal properties.


Chamomile tea is made from the chamomile flower, specifically when it is dried. Like most edible substances, it is not safe for everyone. The likeliness of it offering healthy benefits depends on the potency of your intake.


Research studies suggest several possible chamomile benefits, including a lower risk of death from heart disease, immune system support, and possible protection against various cancers. 


According to a research review, chamomile tea may also help women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome. Researchers tout the tea’s anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects. Interestingly, studies show chamomile might even slow age-related bone loss.


Green tea lies in the hearts (and health) of many people due to its commonality and effectiveness. Made with the Camellia sinensis plant and steam dry methods, green tea has been used in Chinese and Japanese medicine for centuries to treat a multitude of different things. 


Green tea is known to be very nutritious since it has amino acids, alkaloids, fluoride, and high levels of catechins. The small amount of caffeine inside of the tea can speed calorie burning and weight loss (but remember it has to be accompanied by a balanced diet too!)


As for illness, green tea can help reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and inflammation as well as even help prevent cancer due to its antioxidant elements. It can also help protect against skin cancer or damaged skin in general. For individuals with type two diabetes, green tea can help lower blood sugar levels.


In the study, participants who consumed 150 milliliters of green or sour tea three times per day for four weeks saw positive results.”, an excerpt from Everyday Health read.


Doctors have said that regular green tea drinkers have had less risk of cancer than those who don’t drink it.


“I enjoy drinking green tea,” junior Angy Tucker expressed. “I don’t know many types of tea, but I generally do enjoy it.”


Another popular tea that has nestled itself into the crevices of people’s hearts is lemongrass tea. 


Originating from East India and Sri-Lanka, lemongrass tea was used for many purposes. It was used to make curry, “fever tea”, and soups. Lemongrass tea symbolizes clear, open communication.


As for health benefits, lemongrass tea can lower cholesterol level based on the intake amount and can prevent infections- such as those who have HIV and weakened immune systems. 


The lemongrass plant can improve oral health, and back in the day people often used it to keep their mouths feeling clean. It can also increase hemoglobin concentration, red blood cells, and packed cell volume.


Some doctors recommend lemongrass tea as it has many health benefits, but not every doctor will advise you to consume the liquid. It certainly does no harm though (as long as it isn’t consumed in copious amounts).


Tea is a common remedy and beverage for most, and each plant offers many different benefits. Chamomile tea, lemongrass tea, green tea, and hibiscus tea can range from helping diabetes to preventing cancer.