White Tea comes from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis like all other teas. But unlike many other teas, White Tea is only lightly oxidized meaning that it retains a beautiful and delicate profile. This lack of processing also leads to a smooth and almost airy flavor that keeps many coming back for more. White Tea is full of polyphenols and catechins which are responsible for its amazing health properties.
White Tea is harvested off the Camellia sinensis when the bud is still young and yet to open. At this stage of development, the buds still have small white hairs growing over its surface, thus leading to the name “White Tea.” Unfurled leaves are also gathered at this point to be dried along with the buds. Since the leaves and buds are harvested so early and dried quickly, they do not have the chance to oxidate like other blends of tea. Camellia sinensis is the same plant from which we brew green, oolong, black, and pu-erh. This fruitful evergreen bush is indigenous to China and India and plays a vital role in the tea brewing world.
At Full Leaf Tea Co., we take pride in offering five unique and flavorful White Tea blends. These blends include Organic Pai-Mu-Tan, Organic White Chai, Organic Pink grapefruit, Organic Cheerful Lemon, and Organic Lemon Turmeric. Just like the rest of our loose leaf tea blends, our wholesome organic White Teas have been crafted by hand so that you can enjoy all of the flavors and benefits that White Tea has to offer.
White Tea Health Benefits
White Tea offers those who drink it many amazing health benefits. From lowering cholesterol to promoting brain health, here are just a few of the ways that White Tea may benefit you.
From what you can see above, it’s clear that White Tea can be a powerful addition to any daily routine. Being made from the same plant that brings you so many of your other favorite brews, White Tea offers the perfect combination of benefits to enrich your daily life. Being low in caffeine, White Tea is a great way to introduce any of these benefits into your life on a daily basis.
First, we’ll start with the antioxidants. Antioxidants are crucial to helping a body fight off free radicals, and what are free radicals? Free radicals are single oxygen atoms that can work within your body to damage your cells by reacting adversely with other molecules. Antioxidants work to keep free radicals from negatively affecting your health by preventing cellular damage. And while the topic of free radicals and antioxidants can go much more in depth, what’s most important to understand is that antioxidants can provide you with a host of benefits such as fighting off viruses and microbes, improving skin health, and assisting with heart health.
You may be surprised to hear that a tea could help you to lower your cholesterol, but being packed with saponins, White Tea can do just that. Saponins are naturally occurring agents that contain anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties. It’s thanks to saponins that White Tea is able to potentially help those who drink it to lower their bad cholesterol (LDL) while supporting your heart at the same time. Between the saponins and abundant antioxidants found packed within White Tea, your heart will get some much-needed support. When consumed, White Tea may help to reduce the risk of heart disease in some while simultaneously working to maintain normal heart health and function.
Another surprising benefit of White Tea? It’s potential to support reproductive health and boost fertility, especially in men. White Tea has been shown to help fight off free radicals causing testicular oxidative damage in some cases, helping to preserve sperm quality in such individuals. White Tea can not only help to fight off the free radicals targeting the testicles, but it may also improve both the quality and viability of the sperm as well as its ability to move freely. Many couples looking for natural ways to increase sperm count turn to White Tea as a possible aid in their fertility journey.
When White Tea isn’t busy fighting off testicular oxidative damage or heart disease, it can be found fighting off cancerous cells in some cases. While a surprising benefit of White Tea, the saponins and antioxidants present in White Tea along with its naturally occurring ursolic acid, rutin, tannin, chlorogenic acid, and chlorophyll compounds, make this brew particularly effective in some when it comes to warding off cancerous cells.
Continuing on the health benefits of White Tea, weight loss is one of the better-known benefits of this particular brew. While not to be used as the sole source of weight loss, White Tea may help to support your dietary goals by increasing your body’s fat oxidation processes during exercise, making it the perfect drink for before your morning workout or your post-workout cooldown.
And lastly, you may be surprised to hear that White Tea can assist with your dental health. Typically, we think of drinks outside of water being bad for our teeth, such as coffee or soda, but White Tea actually has naturally occurring polyphenols and fluorides which can potentially provide a host of dental benefits such as helping to prevent cavities as well as reducing plaque. All in all, White Tea is a very well rounded tea that not only tastes great but also has the potential to provide you with a wide range of health benefits.
What does white tea taste like?
White Tea has a light and smooth flavor that will keep you coming back for more. With a slightly sweet taste and light perfume finish, White Tea pairs well with nearly any meal or snack. There is no bitterness to it like green and black tea sometimes has.
White Tea is an excellent base for our blends due to its mild taste. It picks up and enhances flavors of the ingredients that are added to it.
How much caffeine is in white tea?
If you’re looking for a tea that’s almost nearly uncaffeinated but can still give you a small jump, then the White Tea caffeine content will be ideal for you. White Tea is one of the least caffeinated teas you can drink. Depending on how strong the tea is, there can be 30mg of caffeine per 8 oz of tea. The average cup of coffee can have around 100mg of caffeine. At Full Leaf Tea Co., we offer five unique White Tea blends, so you’ll be able to find the one that has your desired amount of caffeine without a problem. Take your pick between our Organic Pai-Mu-Tan, Organic White Chai, Organic Pink grapefruit, Organic Cheerful Lemon, and Organic Lemon Turmeric blends.
How do you make white tea?
Add one tsp of White Tea to an infuser, such as our Full Leaf Tea Signature Infusers, or our Natural Paper Drawstring Tea Bags. Let the tea steep for 2 to 4 minutes in 8 oz of almost boiling temperature filtered water. Ideally, your water will be simmering at about 170º. After the tea is done steeping, remove the tea leaves from the liquid and enjoy!