The healing powers and health benefits of tea


Cailey Blackmer

Green Tea is considered to be one of the healthiest drinks, promoting antioxidants, improving brain function and preventing disease.

From encouraging weight loss to promoting mental alertness, the benefits of tea are endless. Whether on ice for refreshment or steeped to perfection, traditional herbal tea or exotically flavored, the classic tea drink has been around for over 5000 years and has continually been used for medicinal purposes.

“I’m huge into tea and anything that is spiritual and related to meditation,” senior Cheyenne Landrum said. “I always start my day off with a nice green tea and before I meditate I drink some calming tea. Tea is a natural way to help the body, mind and soul. Not only is it healthy for you, it [tastes] really good. There are tons of different types of teas, and I’m sure everyone can find one or a couple types of teas they will like.”

Each brew of tea, whether green, white, black, herbal or oolong, provides different health advantages from the rest. Studies show that with regular intake, tea can seriously improve one’s health. Some of the most common health benefits to drinking tea include strengthening teeth, improving blood circulation, promoting awareness of mental health, weight loss and hydrating skin, all according to

L-Theanine, an amino acid found in many teas, is known to promote relaxation without drowsiness. Research from epidemiological studies shows that after consuming a nutrient drink with L-Theanine, participants felt more relaxed after performing stress-inducing tasks than those who did not, all according to

“If I’m wanting to wind down, I will drink some warm tea with honey,” junior Emily Gump said. “I feel at peace and tranquil after drinking a cup.”