Oolong is a very interesting little Chinese tea. It comes in a variety of fabulous tastes, from the sweet and fruity to the roasted and woody, each of which is very much dependant on the style of its production. It’s also a semi-fermented and semi-oxidised tea, which gives it a taste profile somewhere between black and green tea.
Oolong makes for an extremely healthful beverage, and if you haven’t tried it before, it should be high up on your shopping list. Here are 5 reasons why.
1 – It’s wonderful for the skin
Who amongst us doesn’t want radiant skin? To glow in the sunlight, to dazzle the eyes of passersby, to look vibrant, youthful, and luminous? Well, as it turns out, oolong might just help us get there.
Experiments have shown that patients suffering with eczema may benefit from drinking oolong tea throughout the day (3 cups), and that such benefits can, according to the results, be seen in as little as a week. In one interesting study, looking at patients with recalcitrant atopic dermatitis, 63% of test subjects showed “marked to moderate improvements of their condition” after 1 month of daily oolong tea consumption.
2 – It strengthens bones
We’re taught from a very young age that it’s important to develop and maintain strong bones (we can thank all those Petits Filous adverts for that), and the good news is that it’s not just yoghurts that do the trick.
Oolong may in fact be a wonderful supplement when it comes to bone health. The antioxidants it contains could protect our teeth against decay, strengthen bone structure, and promote normal bodily growth. In one particular study, it was found that habitual tea drinkers (people who have consumed tea regularly for 10+ years) had the highest bone mineral density of all those measured.
3 – It’s great for stress-management
Though oolong isn’t the only tea that may help in reducing stress (see peppermint and chamomile), it’s still worth mentioning. And considering that nearly half of Brits suffer from long-term stress, it seems like the more stress-busting tools we can put to use, the better.
In one Japanese study, mice that ingested oolong tea showed improvements in their stress levels by 10-18%. The researchers cited the natural polyphenols present in oolong tea as the primary stress-alleviating factor. Another study showed that stress levels reduced significantly after just one week of 4 daily servings of oolong tea.
4 – Makes for healthy hair
Okay, so this isn’t technically a benefit of drinking the tea. But it’s believed by some that the antioxidants in oolong tea may help in preventing hair loss if you make a tea rinse out of the leaves. Don’t know what a tea rinse is? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered: here’s an article that goes into more depth about it.
Putting the “oo” in oolong
If all this talk has piqued your interest, why not see what all the fuss is about and get yourself a box of oolong tea to taste? Here at Love Leaf we’ve got our very own oolong blend which we’ve combined with raspberries for a fabulously tangy brew, why not give it a try!