15 Types of Tea And Their Benefits

How many types of tea have you tried? Have you tried gourmet tea yet? Tea is one of the healthiest beverages in the world. It is no surprise that after water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. 

Essentially there are two types of tea categories.

  • True Teas
  • Herbal Teas

All true teas come from one plant. Camellia Sinensis. Yes, all the different true teas come from this ONE plant.

So what exactly is herbal tea you ask? 

Herbal tea is a mixture of buds, leaves and flowers of several other edible plants. So technically, it may not be ‘true tea’ but it is still consumed for its delicious flavours and exciting aromas.  

two cups of gourmet tea with multi-coloured herbs on the side

No matter what mood you’re in, a cup of tea is always a great choice. Moreover, there is not one ‘particular’ best time to drink tea. Tea is such a versatile beverage that you can have it in the morning or afternoon or evening or even just before bed. In addition to its many benefits, tea acts as a great refresher too. 

We at Gustus Market India love our gourmet tea. We only partner with quality Indian artisan producers who match our passion for providing only the best products. Moreover, we also specialise in gifting specially curated gourmet tea gift hampers for every occasion. 

We bring you 15 types of tea and their benefits. Let’s get this par-tea started.

1. Green Tea

Everyone keeps talking about this tea right? What is so special about green tea? Green tea is a ‘true tea’ that is brewed from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Furthermore, the preparation involves withered leaves, steaming and eventually drying. 

Green tea is one of those types of tea that has a light, breezy and grassy flavour range. Now, several varieties of green teas are available in the market, such as Sencha, Dragon Well, Laoshan and many more.  Also, we think drinking this gourmet tea will give you sereni-tea

a transparent cup of green tea with green tea herbs on the side

Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has many proven benefits. However, more research is ongoing on the many hidden benefits as well. So far, the benefits include

  • Increases mental alertness
  • Provides good support for overall heart health
  • Increases protection against oxidative stress
  • Improves overall brain health
  • Increases metabolism
  • Helpful in managing stress levels
  • Contains antioxidants

2. Black Tea

Black tea is for anyone who loves strong and dark flavours. This tea is also prepared from the Camellia Sinensis plant. It’s all about the different oxidation processes that eventually provide us with different types of tea flavours from the same plant.

The tea is prominently produced in India, Sri Lanka, China, Indonesia and even Nepal. Moreover, it is another type of ‘true tea’ that has many varieties available such as Assam Black Tea, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Keemum Black Gourmet Tea and many more.

a transparent cup of black tea with black tea herbs in a jute sack

Benefits of Black Tea

Research suggests that there may still be many hidden long term benefits of consuming black tea. Although, recent studies show that

  • Consuming black tea can support heart health
  • Black tea is packed with antioxidants 
  • Black tea may also improve gut health and immunity
  • It may help to reduce blood pressure

3. Moringa Tea

Moringa tea is prepared from the moringa plant (Moringa Oleifera) native to the Himalayan foothills in the North-western region in India. The Moringa plant is known as a Miracle Plant for its numerous benefits. Moreover, the moringa is a type of tea that has a mild grassy taste and is also rich in many essential vitamins.

a transparent cup of moringa gourmet tea with powdered moringa herbs and green leaves that offers different types of tea flavours

Benefits of Moringa Tea

Moringa tea is quickly becoming popular among health-conscious people. Furthermore, research is ongoing but some of the moringa tea benefits include

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • May help in blood pressure control
  • May help in improving the quality of skin and hair
  • Rich in vitamin C and B

4. Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is prepared from the Camellia Sinensis plant with a different oxidation process. This tea is very similar to black or green tea in taste. Depending on the oxidation process, the colour and the aroma of the tea may also vary. Thus, less oxidation will result in a lighter colour. More oxidation will result in a darker colour.

three white cups of oolong gourmet tea with oolong herbs

How long does it take to make this tea, you ask?

Not a Oolong time!

Benefits of Oolong Tea

Oolong gourmet tea has the combined benefits of green tea and black tea. Thus, some of the Oolong tea benefits include

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Can improve sleep quality
  • May improve gut health
  • Could protect from brain diseases.
  • Increases alertness
  • It may help decrease anxiety

5. White Tea

If you’re looking for something that is not too strong and yet flavourful? White tea is for you. White tea is the mildest of all the true teas. The tea is prepared from fresh Camellia Sinensis leaves. Moreover, white gourmet tea has a delightful fruity flavour. Also, it contains much less amount of caffeine than other types of tea.

a cup of white gourmet tea along with a white kettle and some white flowers

Benefits of White Tea

Since white tea does not undergo a deep oxidation process, it contains many natural health benefits. 

  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties
  • Supports good dental health as it protects teeth from damaging bacteria.
  • Supports overall brain health
  • Contains antioxidant properties
  • May protect from skin damage 

6. Blue Tea

Blue tea, also known as Butterfly Pea Flower Tea, is a caffeine-free herbal tea. The tea is prepared from the fresh leaves of the Clitoria Ternatea plant. Blue tea is commonly consumed in South-East Asian countries such as Vietnam and Thailand. 

Moreover, blue tea is also becoming popular among tea lovers in India for its vibrant colour and numerous health benefits. The blue gourmet tea leaves could also be used in specific cocktails to enhance the colour and flavour.

a transparent cup of blue gourmet tea along with a half sliced lemon

Benefits of Blue Tea

The brew-tea-ful looking blue tea has several benefits such as 

  • Rich in anti-oxidants and acts as a great detox beverage
  • Helps in reducing anxiety symptoms
  • Natural diuretic drink
  • Contains anti-ageing properties
  • May improve the immunity system
  • Improves blood circulation

7. Yellow Tea

Yellow tea is becoming increasingly popular around the world. This tea is considered to be one of the most exclusive and expensive gourmet types of tea. Yellow tea, native to China, has a smooth fruity taste with a distinct aroma. Furthermore, it undergoes a light oxidation process and has similar benefits to green tea.

a transparent cup of yellow gourmet tea along with yellow flower petals and two silver spoons

Benefits of Yellow Tea

Research on the hidden benefits of yellow tea is ongoing. However, many other benefits of this miracle drink include

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Protects the liver from liver damage
  • It may help control blood sugar levels
  • Rich in antioxidants and nutrients
  • Contains anti-ageing properties
  • Promotes healthy bones and teeth
  • Increases appetite 

8. Chamomile Tea

Feeling stressed? Feeling anxious? This tea may be for you. Chamomile tea is a herbal tea that has been used for therapeutic purposes. It is prepared from flowers of the Matricaria Chamomilla plant. 

Chamomile tea is also the most popular choice of tea before bed for its calming propertiesMoreover, the tea offers a similar flavour to green tea, with a hint of an earthy taste. Research shows that chamomile helps in calming the nerves and is great for people dealing with anxiety. 

a transparent cup of chamomile tea along with chamomile flower

Kettle’ down, we have more benefits for you. 

Benefits of Chamomile Tea

There are several other chamomile benefits as well such as

  • Improves quality of sleep
  • May help with digestion
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Reduces stress and anxiety symptoms
  • May help in treating diabetes

9. Kombucha Tea 

Kombucha tea is a fermented type of tea with an effervescent flavour. This tea is a traditional beverage that is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Furthermore, it is popularly consumed for its many health benefits. Kombucha Tea is rich in probiotics that are beneficial for us. 

a transparent jar of Kombucha tea along with some peaches

Benefits of Kombucha Tea

Kombucha gourmet tea has multiple health benefits such as 

  • Good source of probiotics
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Packed with anti-bacterial properties
  • May help protect from heart disease

10. Ginger Tea

Looking for a Caffeine-free healthy beverage? Well, look no further. 

Ginger tea is prepared from the Ginger plant that has similar health properties as Turmeric or Cardamom. This tea is a delicious, Caffeine-free tea with many medicinal benefits. Moreover, ginger tea is not only good for a sore throat, but it also helps in treating indigestion, nausea and the common cold. 

a white cup of ginger gourmet tea along with fresh ginger and some honey

Benefits of Ginger Tea

Research suggests there may be other hidden benefits of drinking ginger tea regularly. Some other key benefits include

  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Packed with antioxidants
  • Provides nausea relief
  • Boosts immunity

11. Lavender Tea

This gourmet tea has a beau-tea-ful appearance. Lavender tea is prepared using the Lavadula Angustifolia plant buds. It has a soothing aroma and a pleasing distinctive taste. Furthermore, lavender tea is a herbal tea that is primarily used as a bedtime tea. 

Dried lavender buds that offer strong flowery flavours are used to make this gourmet tea. The flavour type depends on the blending process. As a result, some processes produce smoky or woody flavours and others might produce sweeter flowery flavours.

a white cup of lavender gourmet tea along with lavender herbs

Benefits of Lavender Tea

Research on the benefits of lavender tea is ongoing. However, other prominent benefits include

  • Improves skin health
  • Helps in calming the nerves
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Could help with mood disorders
  • Might help with menstrual cramps
  • May provide help with headaches. 

12. Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is a herbal tea made from the buds of the Roselle flower. You can drink it both hot and cold. Hibiscus tea is popular all around the world for its health benefits. Some countries traditionally drink it hot and other countries like Thailand and Indonesia prefer it as a cold beverage.

Moreover, hibiscus tea is one of those types of tea that has a rich tart like flavour with a flowery aroma. It has a dark and vibrant red appearance. Furthermore, it also acts as a refreshing summer drink in the form of an Ice Tea.

a transparent cup of hibiscus gourmet tea along with some hibiscus herbs

Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

This stunning looking beverage has many potential benefits such as 

  • High in antioxidants
  • It May help lower blood pressure
  • It may help with promoting liver health
  • This extremely flavourful beverage is a good source of Vitamin C

13. Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea is a type of herbal tea that is native to the South African region. But it is gaining popularity across the world for its unique flavour and health benefits. Furthermore, rooibos (pronounced as “roy-boss”) tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea that has a rich, distinctive earthy flavour. 

a transparent cup of Rooibos tea along with powdered Rooibos herbs

Benefits of Rooibos Tea

Rooibos or “Red Bush” is a traditional beverage that happens to have many health benefits such as 

  • Packed with antioxidant compounds to protect from oxidative stress
  • It may promote heart health
  • It May help to maintain strong teeth and bones
  • May help with type 2 diabetes

14. Matcha Tea

Yes, the famous Matcha tea has made our list. You must have heard about the matcha tea either through social media or your favourite celebrity/influencers or maybe through your friends. Matcha tea is most popular in the East Asia region and is slowly gaining worldwide interest. However, do not confuse matcha tea with regular green tea.

Matcha is different from your regular green tea in taste, texture and production process. The tea has a velvety texture and a richer, denser flavour. This tea has several health benefits as well just like green tea. Moreover, since matcha is prepared directly from fine quality powdered tea leaves it contains more potent nutrients. 

a cup of matcha tea along with powdered matcha

Just give this gourmet tea a try. We’re sure it is going to be a regular for you. Game. Set. Matcha.

Benefits of Matcha Tea

Matcha tea offers several benefits such as 

  • Packed with antioxidants
  • May help support liver health
  • Enhances brain function
  • May help promote heart health
  • Increases metabolism

15. Chaga Tea

Chaga tea is another type of herbal tea, where you use Chaga mushrooms to prepare it. The Chaga mushroom is native to Asia, and parts of Northern and Eastern Europe. Also, it is believed that drinking Chaga tea regularly may offer many health benefits in the long run

Moreover, research about the Chaga tea benefits is still ongoing, but some studies have shown positive results. Some results have suggested that Chaga tea may even have anti-tumour properties.

a transparent cup of chaga gourmet tea along with chaga herb

Benefits of Chaga Tea

Even though you need to research more to understand the hidden benefits of Chaga tea, some other key benefits include

  • Boosts immune system
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties
  • May support good liver health
  • Promotes intestinal health

Yes, We Love Our Gourmet Tea – We’re Guilt-Tea

We at Gustus Market India aim to offer only the highest quality gourmet tea products for all tea lovers to enjoy. Along with specially curated gourmet tea hampers, we will soon be offering special monthly tea subscription boxes

a biodegradable packaging box along with some fresh vegetables and spices

We will bring you high-quality, handpicked gourmet teas in a box with sustainable packaging every month. That’s right! Sign up for the Gustus Market India newsletter to stay updated on all our new tea-sers. You have a lot to look forward to.

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