A year ago, Orasa and I were in Bangkok, trying new treats to bring home to Tauranga. We were at the beginning of a fascinating journey of discovering some remarkable teas from Thailand. We invested in quarantine clearance so we could bring some home. Since then, we have fallen in love with many of them.
Each day, we serve one type of Thai herbal tea to clients at Thai Touch as they relax after a massage. These teas are all naturally caffeine free, making them the perfect drink after massage. They wash out long-held toxins in the tissues that the massage releases from muscles and tendons.
You might have heard of some of the teas before: Jasmine flowers, Bael fruit, Butterfly pea flower tea (bright blue!), Pandanus and Rose bud. All make great rehydration drinks.
One of my favourite finds has been the tea made from dried slices of Bael fruit. It is delicious – a rich full taste, naturally slightly sweet and soft on the palate. You’ll see that many online sources credit Bael fruit with an amazing array of health benefits.
Like many of the teas, you’ll see the fruit is rich in anti-oxidants. That means it can protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals or ‘reactive oxygen species’.
Like many of the teas, you’ll see it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. But Bael fruit doesn’t stop there. You’ll learn that it:
- deals to peptic and duodenal ulcers
- stabilises gut flora, reducing severity of diarrhea and overcoming constipation
- has anti-cancer, anti-microbial and antiviral activity
- can reduce blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
The fruit has these effects because of a diverse array of phyto-chemicals (plant chemicals) in its tissues. Studies have shown you can safely consume the tea regularly.
We are looking forward to exploring information about the health benefits of the different teas in more detail. But you don’t need to wait until we publish a blog post to access the benefits of herbal teas as we have a collection of traditional favourites and both our Mt Maunganui and Tauranga branches. With a little online research, you can find out the impact of some of these teas on a health issue you’d like to tackle. You’ll immediately be able to enjoy a relaxing, rehydrating, caffeine-free drink just before bed time. A great way to take the strain off your kidneys and throw in your chosen health benefits as well.
Herbal tea & massage combo
Book in today for a traditional Thai therapeutic massage at either the Mount Maunganui branch or on Prince Avenue in Tauranga. Original Thai massage involves deep tissue dry massage as well as stretching of muscles – a bit like yoga while you’re lying down and with someone else doing all the work for you! Enjoy a detoxing Lemon Grass, or other herbal tea, after your massage.
17 Ninth Ave in central Tauranga / (07) 571 1923
12 Prince Ave downtown Mount Maunganui / (07) 575 0987