Lapsang Souchong is a special type of black tea that originates from the Fujian region in China. It is made by smoke-drying tea leaves over a pinewood fire.
It has a distinctive woody and smoky flavour, which combines the original taste of black tea with a unique pine smoke aroma.
But what are Lapsang Souchong tea benefits? Let’s explore them in this article.
Vitamins and Minerals Found In Lapsang Souchong Tea
This tea is a great source of many vitamins and minerals that are associated with numerous beneficial properties:
Vitamin B2 - This vitamin helps our body break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It plays a fundamental role in energy production.
Vitamin C - This is one of the most beneficial vitamins. It helps prevent iron deficiency, to manage high blood pressure. It is also used by many as an immunity booster. It is thought to protect our body against infections, reinforce our skin, and make wounds heal faster.
Vitamin E - This vitamin is also thought to have a role in strengthening our immune system, allowing it to fight off infections and illnesses more effectively.
Magnesium - This mineral has been linked to many proven health benefits, which include anti-inflammatory properties, fighting migraines, fighting depression, and lowering pressure.
Potassium - Another very important mineral for our body. It is associated with healthy bones and muscles and with improved cardiovascular health. A potassium deficiency has been associated with fatigue and weakness.
Zinc - This nutrient is essential for the functioning of our immune system and it is also important for our metabolism, for our digestive process, and for our nerve function.
Antioxidant Properties of Lapsang Souchong Tea
Lapsang Souchong Tea is also known to be rich in antioxidants, substances whose importance is due to their ability to fight free radicals.
Antioxidants are very important for our health because they are very effective in fighting off free radicals (unstable molecules that can be damaging our cells).
When our body is not able to remove free radicals, an occurrence known as oxidative stress happens.
Oxidative stress can lead to several health conditions, which include cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Adding Lapsang Souchong Tea to your regular diet is therefore a very healthy step for those who want to increase their antioxidant intake.
Where Can I Buy Lapsang Souchong Tea?
Lapsang Souchong can be found in many shops and online stores that sell herbal teas and beverages.
Our award-winning organic Lapsang Souchong tea is a brew of delicious flavours. It is a fully fermented Black Tea, which is smoked over pine wood to provide it with a woody, natural flavour.
It is certified organic, meaning it’s guaranteed to have grown on soils on which no prohibited substance was applied.
To prepare it use ½ tsp per mug of 100°C hot water, Infuse for two or three minutes, re-infuse up to 3 times and make 70-210 cups (when re-infused).
About the Origins of Lapsang Souchong
The origins of this tea date back to the Chinese Qing Dynasty in China and records of its use can be found starting from the 1700s.
Interestingly, its creation is thought to have been by accident.
As imperial forces were trying to bring Fujian under Manchu rule, the villagers attempted to hide the tea from the invading troops and they tried to prevent the tea leaves from rotting by burning pinewood from the neighboring forest.
Initially, they didn’t particularly like the dark tea resulting from this process but later they offered it to Dutch traders who reacted very positively to this new beverage, which became known as Lapsang (literally “pinewood”).