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Saturday, November 3, 2018

What are the different type of tea leaves


All tea comes from the plant Camelia Sinensis. The main varieties are – Sinensis, Assamica and Cambodi. It is said that tea probably originated in the borders of Burma and China.
As the centuries progressed, an assortment of systems for preparing tea, and various diverse types of tea, was produced.


Do you know that India is one of the largest producers of tea in the world? As per Wikipedia, India has the 70 per cent tea is consumed in India only. India is also among the top 5 per-capita tea consumers. Assam and Darjeeling are the main tea producing states in the country.

There is a tea board of India that manages all the tea related production and exports. There is also an Indian tea association – trade association of tea producers in the country – headquarters in Kolkata.
Pardesi – A film produced in 2013 exemplifies the incidents that took place pre- independence in southern tea states.

There are thousands of varieties of tea available across the world, basis a) the region it was grown in b) the time of year it was picked and c) the processing method followed. Each type of tea has its own taste and health benefit. We can find tea in various forms – loose, tea bags, compressed, instant and canned. Let’s understand in depth about different types of tea leaves and their benefits.

Green Tea 

Green tea is the most popular type of tea and is the favourite choice amongst Asians. Some loose green teas are scented with flowers or mixed with fruits to create scented or flavoured teas. Straight green tea has a clean and delicious taste.
As we all know green tea is rich in antioxidants. The one that you find in green tea is Vitamin C and is great for skin brightening.

Black Tea 

Full-bodied and strong, black tea tastes great alone or can be had with milk and sugar. And it makes great iced tea. These are your English breakfast Earl Grey tea. It has high caffeine levels which help in waking you up. It like an energy booster. Black tea has flavonoids which is very good for our skin.

Herbal Tea 

This is the only one that doesn’t have leaves from the camellia plant. It can be of three types a) Rooibos tea b) Mate tea c) Herbal. It contains mainly pure herbs, flowers and

Oolong tea

 Oolong tea is most commonly served at Chinese restaurant is partially fermentated. It’s known for its depth smokiness as well as the crisp light freshness. These are like small little balls in the of clove. This tea helps in fighting tooth decay, osteoporosis, and heart diseases and prevents cancer.

Pu’er Tea 

Pu'er tea helps in losing weight. It can lead to drastic change in the weight. It is fully fermentated and prolonged. Hence, the longer its preserved, the better it tastes. Pu’er tea helps in stomach and digestion problems. It can also be used to burn calories.
Pu’er tea is an old and matured dark flavored tea with literally no severity. It originates from China and the production process has been under cover ever since. It's highly recommended for its healing qualities. What's interesting to know is till 1995 it was illegal in U.S.

White tea 

White tea is the purest and least processed of all teas. White tea has a light color and flavor and is appreciated by tea connoisseurs for its unmatched subtlety, natural sweetness and delicacy. White tea has floral-ly taste. It has all the required antioxidants with no caffeine. If you want to pull an all nighter, this is your thing to go for

Yellow tea

This is a rare one and looks similar to green tea, except this needs more oxidation. This one also comes from China.


  • Use tea bags over your eyes to fight dark circles.
  • Add used tea bags to your pasta, rice , grains for better flavor.
  • Feed your plants used tea bags as a fertilizer.
  • If you have mice at your place, then tucking tea bags in cupboards and bags might be a good idea since tea isn’t one of their favorite
  • Wash you bad odor hands with used tea bags along with some foam and you will be surprised. Similarly, soak your feet to nourish and neutralize foot odors. 
  • Used tea bags can also be used over sunburns and draw out infections.
  • You can use it in your bathtub and it will soak all germs.
  • You can use freshly brewed tea to rinse your shampooed hair to give it a natural shine
  • Cooked tea can be used to clean tables, mirrors and remove stains that are old and have been there for a while.   
  • Do you know tea bags can be used to clean carpets and rugs?
  • Shine your wooden and glass furniture
  • You can degrease your dirty utensils using used tea bags
  • It can help you neutralize household odors and work as an air freshener
  • If you like strong tea, you should use your used tea bags and use in the next cup of tea to feel that strong taste. 
  • You can use double used tea bag to make a mouthwash (especially with peppermint and green tea)

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