Top 10 Benefits of Oolong Tea for Your Well Being

Are you a fan of tea? Do you drink it often, fully reapping in the benefits for one or more cups a day?

As the second most consumed beverage in the world, very few people drink oolong tea.

As a person who drinks at least 1 cup a day but strives for 4, oolong is one of my top favourites.

What is Oolong Tea?

Oolong (wu-long) is partially fermented tea between 8% and 85%. It is known as the in between tea as it is in between green tea which is not fermented at all, and black tea which is completely fermented. It is grown mainly in China from the Camellia sinensis plant which is the plant that all tea except herbal come from.

This type of tea is extremely popular in China and Taiwan where there are many different types of oolong and even rare types too!

Oolong tea contains flavonoids, theanine, and tannins.

Flavonoids: One of the best types of antioxidants because they fight free radicals and slows down aging.

Theanine: An amino acid found exclusively in the camellia plant. 

Tannins: Also found in all three types of tea (green, oolong, black). This is what calm nerves and relaxes the body.

Now, let’s talk about these benefits.

The Benefits

High in antioxidants

Because it’s partitally fermented, the leaves are loaded with tons of antioxidants that fight signs of aging, free radicals, and stress that is visible on the skin.

anti-inflammatory

Drinking Oolong tea actually soothes the skin because of the amount of flavonoids present within the tea. Flavonoids are amazing and eating onions, which also contain large amounts of flavonoids clears up skin congestion and redness. Score!

promotes weight loss

All tea actually promotes weight loss because it fills you up. Great to have tea before a meal because it will keep you feeling full. So, with this, there’s no need to buy into those ‘detox’ or ‘skinny’ teas because all teas do this. Of course for better results, get better quality teas like loose leaf teas not bogus teas.

lowers risk of cancer

Like green tea, it has the ability to limit the growth of cancer due to flavonoids found in food.

aids digestion

After a nice meal, it can take up to a few hours for the stomach to fully digest food. Oolong tea aid digestion by absorbing fat and moving fats quickly in the body and away from fat cells. One of the greatest ways to loose fat is to drink tea right after meals.

calms nerves

Like mentioned before, tannins are really present in oolong and black teas which give them a sort of bitter taste (some people get headaches from this so please be careful). Tannins are the plants chemicals that relax nerves despite having a large amount of caffeine (it’s strange, I know).

Why is Oolong better than other teas?

While all teas have their own unique benefits and amounts of antioxidants and properties, oolong has beautiful characteristics.

Each kind of oolong taste different

Because they are fermented differently and then fried or roasted differently, they have different tastes. Like wine, they can be sweet and floral, savoury and meaty, smoky, spicy, etc. It’s amazing! So many different types it’s hard to ever get bored or need a different type of tea (though I do like changing it up).

Contains Depth

Green tea is very light and refreshing while black tea is deep, bold, and quite bitter. Oolong is in the middle. It is generally light but full bodied with so much depth yet still has that sweet flavourful hints that many black teas lack because they are so strong.

The leaves and the colour

Okay, if you haven’t had oolong before, the colour is generally a yellow colour, usually a dark yellow one. What’s amazing about this tea is that it blossoms from these tight balls in full blown leaves. This is different from both green and black tea which are generally straight and thin.

Multiple steeps

Most types of teas, especially green tea should only be steeped once because of its delicate properties. Oolong however, can be steeped so many times. I remember actually buying one type that could be steep 6 times! And still contain all of its flavours and strength. That’s a blessing for anyone who drinks tea daily because good tea is not cheap.

Where can I buy this amazing stuff?

If you live in Canada or the United States, I absolutely recommend Taotealeaf because they only sell the best stuff. They actually go to China for tea tours and bring back their favourites for us to try. Moreover, they actually created Toronto’s tea festival (something I am forever grateful for!)

SOe of my favourite types is Jade (very floral and lovely), Taiwan ginseng (can’t go wrong with ginseng!), and Rou Gui (This is the one that can be steeped 6 times. Has a beautiful cinnamon taste and a bit smoky)

Of course look for yourself on the benefits of oolong from some of your trusted sources. But I do love oolong and enjoy drinking it because if not for the benefits, just for the taste and the one of a kind flavours. I hope you give it a shot and fall in love with it as much as I have.

The Essential Oil You’re Missing for Healthy Skin

Happy Wednesday!

I hope you’re all doing really well. Hopefully you don’t have the winter blues! In Toronto, it plus 7 Celsius. Not Fahrenheit. It’s so insanely warm some people are wearing dresses. It’s supposed to be winter.

Anyway, if you’ve been to my blog before, you know I absolutely adore grapefruit essential oil. In this post, I’ll be explaining exactly why I love it so much as is just as essential in ones arsenal as tea tree, lavender, and frankincense.

What is Grapefruit Essential Oil?

Grapefruit oil is steam distilled and made from the peel rather than the pulp of the fruit. It has a fresh and slightly sweet tangy smell to it.

So, why is pink grapefruit essential oil one of my top essential oils? Because it’s an awesome multipurpose oil. It’s a naturally beautiful oil with an insane amount of benefits that range from clear and balance skin, uplifting moods, and cleaning.

The Benefits

Balances Oily Skin

Because this oil contains limonene, it cuts the body’s sebum creation by adding a layer of moisture.

promotes weight loss

When you’re craving some snacks, diffuse this and inhale deeply. It’ll cut down your cravings while it excite your nerves.

Lymphatic support

Remember when I said not to dry brush your delicate boobs (if you have them)? Well, I suggest using grapefruit! It naturally supports blood circulation and releases toxins caught in the body (source). It also keeps breast smooth and plump as it slows the aging process through messaging the oil into this area (must be done daily).

Reduces depression

Have you ever deeply inhaled citrus fruits? They are instantly uplifting, taking the mind back to sunny, simpler days with happy thoughts. Whenever I need a good pick me up, I tend to put this in a diffuser mixed with frankincense or just take a few good whiffs straight from the bottle.

Natural Preservative

The essential oil and extract are great for prolonging a natural / homemade product’s shelf life. Because it is so high in antioxidants and limonene and citronellol, it can also enhance the product’s effectiveness. However, they are not full preservatives so it won’t make them last more than an extra month or so.

Glossy hair

Just like your face gets glowy and sooth thanks to antioxidants, your hair does too!

boosts immune system

When inhaled, vitamin C and citrus fight throat and respiratory infections and helps the liver detox the body.

anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial

Grapefruit is high in phytochemicals (source) that reduces stress and inflammation. It also contains properties that are antimicrobial and eliminate harmful bacteria. It’s soft enough to use topically (diluted with a carrier oil like tamanu) but tough enough to be used to clean your whole house!

How I Use it

I add this to at least one of my oils per routine. So it’s mixed in with raspberry seed oil for mornings and hemp seed oil for nights. I also use this in both of my body oils and homemade cleanser. And in my all-purpose cleaner. And I diffuse it. See? I use it for everything.

I love this and this but this and this are good ones too!

Of course grapefruit has other great benefits but these are the ones I really love and mention to friends and family. They also are the reasons why I keep buying it again and again. Hopefully you enjoyed learning about this essential as much as I had fun explaining it!

What are some of your favourite essential oils? I’m dying to expand my collection!

This is What Chlorella Does for Your Body

Chlorella is one of the coolest things ever. With it’s deep dark slytherin green complexion it takes ‘healthy’ to a whole new level. 

Chlorella is a single cell algae lot like its cousin, Spirulina which is multi-cell as they are both water algae. They are both full of great minerals however Chlorella is jam-packed with protein, iron, magnesium, and an impressive B-vitamin complex. It’s also amazing for detoxifying the body and removing metals. 

Due to its hard outer shell, it’s important to get this supplement with the words ‘broken cell wall’ or something similar. Getting one that has a broken shell allows humans to digest the algae. The amount of chlorophyll gives the algae its green colour and responsible for the colour of leafy greens. Chlorophyll also helps neutralize bodily odours. 

Chlorella Benefits

Immune support

Because of it’s amazing nutrients, helps fight inflammation and  increase the amount of Natural Killer cells, helps fight illnesses. 

Detoxification

Chlorella detoxifies the blood and lowers blood sugar. It’s great for those who eat fish regularly, have silver fillings, or have been undergoing chemotherapy.  In Japan, it is one of the highest consumed supplement as Japan contains most of the algae and they eat a large amount of fish, yet live relatively long lives. 

Weight Loss

Moreover, Vitamin B has shown to aid in weight loss through metabolism increase. It also improves hormonal balance and lowers glucose levels in the blood resulting in less cravings and a fuller appetite. 

 

Disadvantages 

Taste

The taste and smell of chlorella is the only downside. It is absolutely awful and ruins the smell of just about everything. I enjoy mixing the powder with vanilla almond milk with ginger and cinnamon. Although this recipe doesn’t completely hide the taste, it does make it easier to swallow. If you have a strong sensitivity to taste, I suggest checking out the capsule version of Chlorella rather than the powder.

I buy my powder from this brand

But this brand has great capsules as well.

 

Have you tried Chlorella? What are your thoughts on it?