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This List of Exotic Teas From Around the World Will Amaze You

This List of Exotic Teas From Around the World Will Amaze You

For thousands of years the Eastern world has deemed tea a crucial part of their culture, believing that consuming tea would bring happiness, health and wisdom. Only recently though, has the West begun waking up to the great benefits of tea!

Recent studies have concluded that some teas may encourage weight loss and lower cholesterol, help prevent illnesses, such as some cancers, heart disease, and diabetes, and bring about improved mental alertness. However, for me, it is simply the relaxing benefits of a nightly cup of tea that is the real pleasure. The author Lin Yutang, of The Importance Of Living, concluded that “there is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life,” and the 19th century British Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone, once concluded something similar, saying that “If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.” So, due to these wonderful benefits I wanted to list 8 teas so exotic that you may not yet have heard of them.

1. Peach Cobbler Guayusa

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    Guayusa (pronounce gwhy-you-sa) is a rare tea native to the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador and is produced from the leaves of a holly tree (ilex guayusa). Due to it being heavily caffeinated it has an awakening effect similar to coffee. (Guayusa contains 90 mg of caffeine/cup making it the second most caffeinated plant on earth next to coffee).

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    It is available pure, or infused with a number of different flavor such as mint, chocolate or chai, however my favorite is Peach Cobbler.  It has a scrumptious aroma of juicy peaches and spice. Guayusa tea contains 50% more anti-oxidants than green tea, and has been found to balance the bodies pH and blood sugar levels, improve the functioning of the kidneys, improve digestion and lower blood pressure. Many people find drinking Guayusa both relaxing and stimulating at the same time!

    2. Black Forest Cake Pu-erh Tea

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      Enjoy the taste of Black Forest Cake without the guilt. Black Forest Cake tea, like Peach Cobbler, is a tea for those who like tea and dessert, and even won second place in its category at the 2013 North American Tea Championship! This tea however is a pu-erh based tea. Pu-erh tea comes from China and is from the same plant used in making green, oolong and black teas. It is considered a healthy beverage with benefits that include help in losing weight, preventing cancer and anti-aging benefits. In one study – albeit on laboratory animal – pu-erh tea was the only kind of tea that actually lowers the bad and raises the good level of cholesterol.

      3. Mate Teas

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        Mate teas come from the South American yerba mate plant, which is mainly found in Argentina. Yerna mate is more nutritious than green tea and has been used as a base for herbal medicines in South America for centuries. It contains vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex, and minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium and Zinc. It is rich in antioxidants too – it’s got about 90% more antioxidants than green tea, enhances your ability to focus, and the chemical compounds and nutrients in mate tea affect your metabolism to make your body use carbohydrates more efficiently.

        4. White Pearls White Tea

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          This white tea is comprised of 100% newly sprouted buds, hand-rolled into small pearls, that then gently unfurl when infused. White tea comes from a special strain of the tea plant and is harvested only a few days of the year and produced solely in China, mainly in the Fujian province. It is difficult to obtain as production is extremely limited and therefore it is a very expensive and rare tea.. Its health benefits include reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disorders, and it contains anti-aging properties which help in maintaining good health and healthy skin.

          5. Insect Poop Tea

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            Insect Poop Tea

             is probably not familiar to you! It is one of the most expensive teas in the world actually, priced between $250 – $1000 per pound. It is made by bugs digestesting tea leaves, and then their ‘poop’ dropping is sifted together and dried into a tea-like substance. The drink itself is safe and nutritional, and is considered quite the delicacy!

            6. Matcha Tea

            Matcha Tea

              Matcha – literally meaning “powdered tea” – is getting a lot of attention in 2015! It is associated with Japanese tea drinking and the Zen movement and is a type of green tea. It is a richly flavorful drink, and drinking it gives many people a sense of well-being and it’s also well know for its high antioxidant content. One cup of matcha green tea actually has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular tea!

              7. Rooibos Tea

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              Rooibos, red tea, health

                Rooibos tea is an African tea made out of an herb that is fermented. It is a red tea that carries a malty and slightly grassy flavor. It has absolutely no caffeine and the health benefits of red rooibos tea includes its use as a cure for insomnia, asthma, headaches, eczema and hypertension.

                8. Yellow Gold Tea

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                  The final exotic tea in this list is Yellow Gold Tea. It is considered to be the most expensive tea in the world and was once a favorite of Chinese Emperors! Today it is mainly found in Singapore. Each tea bud is lavished in 24ct gold, which once infused, yields a delicately metallic and floral aftertaste. Enjoy! These are some of the top exotic teas from across the globe, but irrespective of whether you prefer to indulge in a nice cup of insect poop tea or a more simple Chamomile, I encourage you to adopt tea into your daily diet. The benefits of tea have been known in the East for a very long time, whereas in the West drinking tea – like yoga and meditation – is only just beginning to become recognized for its benefits. So drink up!

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                  How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                  How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                  We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                  We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                  So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                  Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                  What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                  Boundaries are limits

                  —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                  Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                  Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                  Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                  Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                  How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                  Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                  1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                  Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                  You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                  To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                  You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                  • When do you feel disrespected?
                  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                  • When do you want to be alone?
                  • How much space do you need?

                  You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                  2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                  Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                  Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                  3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                  Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                  That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                  Sample language:

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                  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                  Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                  4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                  Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                  Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                  Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                  We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                  It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                  It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                  Final Thoughts

                  Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                  Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                  Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                  The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                  Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                  Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                  They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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