Once upon a time…
…people started drinking tea. (I skipped the part with the hard work of planting and reaping, I know.)
tea-leaves were put in hot water and people started making this infused water an enjoyable beverage!
And it’s super healthy! Great detox and more! Today, we still drink tea. Industrialism has helped selling little for more though.
I’m talking about teabags. Very convenient, aren’t they? It made things a lot easier because you just stick one of those bags in hot water and then wait a couple of minutes and ta-da: Tea is ready.
But have you ever wondered whether they really still carry the health benefits everyone claims for tea to have? Haven’t you wondered why some teas, even if different brands, taste the same or very similar?
Or: if you ever tried whole leaf or loose leaf tea, you know the taste is different and often more intense. Think of mint tea. I’m sure you drank mint tea with actual mint leaves, right? Now have you ever had peppermint/mint tea from regular teabags? You get what I mean, no? The taste alone is different, let alone the health benefits rising drastically. Here’s why I decided to switch to loose leaf tea.
It’s undeniable that your body benefits more from loose leaf tea when we talk about health. The tea has more room to soak up the water and expand, thus extracting more or all the vitamins, minerals and everything else in there. It has room to infuse the water comfortably. Loose tea also gives off more antioxidants. The boosting of your immune system and lowering of blood pressure will be much more effective.
The next link on our chain of benefits is the taste. Oh. My. Gosh. Have you ever had fruity loose leaf tea? Or even simple green tea (loose leaf)? So much more intense! It’s tied to the previous point. The room that loose leaf tea has that teabags don’t have is also helping the extraction of aromas and flavour to be much, much broader and easier. Maybe you remember that from fresh mint tea. Seriously, just go for loose leaf tea. Need more convincing? Keep reading.
No, not “original” as in “hip & cool”. I mean, with loose leaf tea you mostly get tea from one region or even one single tea farm. With teabags, you get a lot of mixed tea from various areas and regions so the amount of tea can be controlled and mass-produced easier. This is also the reason why sometimes the same fruit tea from different brands tastes very, very similar or the same. With loose leaf tea, you get reliable, distinct taste. You can’t fake it that easily. I guess they actually even have to write the region or farm on the tea package on loose teas.
More for your money – Olé! But really – tea in teabags is so small and often contains even smaller particles (because of which your tea gains its color faster too), plus, no doubt they’re using artificial aromas and chemicals in the blending process with teabags. With lose leaf tea, whatever you put it in to infuse your water, you can use it again as it didn’t loose everything in the first brewing. How cool is that? I mean. It even spares you the (really little) time to make your loose leaf tea.
Less Waste !
Okay this is my last one. With loose leaf tea, because you would probably use a stainless steel or other reusable infuser, you create less waste. Not all teabags are biodegradable. So this is one more big Pro for you if you are wondering whether you really should try loose leaf tea. I definitely don’t regret it.
What I use
*ching ching advertisement* I’m very happy with my BPA-free Luxamel Teamaker (which you see in this post) that I got on Amazon. Luxamel has really nice products, also other types of bottles. The Teamakers are with double walled glass, so you won’t burn your fingers. I got my teamaker through amazon and I am very, very satisfied with it. You can get it on all Amazon sites in Europe as far as I know. Or you just go to their own website and order from there. It’s really so easy to use. I just put my dried loose leaf tea in the sieve-y container, fill the hot water in the bottle, plug in the tea container and it’s ready to brew. I always wait a few minutes so I don’t pour the freshly heated water in the glass because I’m paranoid it will break – never happened yet though!
There’s plenty of loose leaf teas to order from Amazon too. I got stinging nettle tea from there and I got a cherry-green tea from a local organic health shop. But if you’re not into getting a whole bottle to go, here’s other options on drinking loose tea:
All in all, I really recommend switching to loose leaf tea and go the healthy route. Always! 🙂
Let me know if you do or if you already do and how it is! Would love to read about your experience!