Green tea is just not a liquid, it is the healthiest beverage on the Earth. It is one of the less processed tea and that is why it is a great source for antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols. There are many benefits of green tea from reduced cancer risk to weight loss. Adding green tea into your beauty regime can be beneficial in the long run. You should definitely have some basic knowledge about things you’re going to consume. Everyone knows that green tea is healthy but there are more amazing benefits of green tea that you probably will never know. Keep scrolling to know more.
What is Green Tea?
Green Tea is a type of tea that is made from Camellia sinensis which is a species of evergreen shrubs whose leaves & buds are used to produce tea. It may surprise you that green tea and black tea are made from the same plant- Camellia sinensis. How the leaves are processed that results in green and black tea. Green tea is less processed, therefore retains its color and black tea undergoes a fermentation process. Keep reading to know the health benefits of green tea, benefits of green tea for beautiful face and hair as well.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Uncontrolled growth of cells is the reason behind cancer. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols which can decrease tumor growth. Some laboratory and animal studies have been shown that drinking green tea may protect against damage caused by UVB radiation. Researchers believe that a high level of polyphenols in green tea helps in killing cancerous cells and stops their further growth. However, the exact mechanism by which the tea interacts with cancer cells is still unknown.
The American Medical Association concluded that green tea consumption is associated with reduced mortality due to all causes, including cardiovascular diseases. Drinking Green tea
A study has been made by the American Medical Association on the benefits of green tea for the heart. This study is followed over 40,000 Japanese participants (ages of 40 to 79) for 11 years. The participant who drank at least 5 cups of green tea/day had a relatively lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
Green Tea also acts as a fat-burning supplement that boosts the metabolic rate. It may promote a small, non-significant weight loss in overweight and obese adults.
How It is Made?
The leaves of green tea are harvested from Camellia sinensis plant & then quickly heated – by pan firing or steaming- & dried to prevent too much oxidation. (green to brown)
Processing: Steaming/Roasting > Cooling> 1st rolling> 1st drying> Final rolling> Final drying
How To Make Green Tea?
Making a cup of green tea is an easy process and it is more easy with a green tea bag.
- Place a Green Tea bag in a cup.
- Pour freshly boiled water into the cup.
- Dip the tea bag a few times.
- Allow it to infuse for 1-2 minutes.
- Your cup of green tea is ready.
The secret to Better Green Tea
- Use Purified Water for Brewing: Purified water is best suited as it’s free from any pollutant that can alter tea’s taste.
- Use Water at the Right Temperature: Keep in mind that too hot water will make your tea taste bitter and astringent. On the other hand, if the water is cool, it will not extract the full flavors from the leaves. Water between 160 to 180 degrees is best to make green tea. It is simple to guess the right temperature. This is when the water is hot & the bubbles are beginning to form on the bottom of the pot and not on the top.
- The Right Amount of Tea: Generally, a good ratio is 2gram of tea leaves to 6ounces (170-180ml) of water.
- Steep for the Right Amount of Time: Because of its delicacy, it’s important to steep green tea for 2-3 minutes. Any timeless will prevent the leaves from releasing its full flavor whereas any time more will result in the bitter taste of the tea. For the correct taste, brew it for 2 minutes & then taste every 30 seconds, until you get the taste you like.
Make Flavored Green Tea
You may already know how it’s made but there are ways to maximize the positive effects & taste of green tea at the same time.
Honey Lemon Green Tea: If you have ever tried green tea, you already know it has a somewhat “grassy” taste on its own. Some people are addicted to that flavor and others just can’t get into it. If you fall in the second category, then adding a bit of honey and a few drops of lemon will definitely save you.
Tulsi Green Tea: As we know that tulsi plays an important role in herbal remedies. Adding tulsi to green tea makes it a delightful concoction of health. It will help to reduce stress and provide strength to your immune system.
Adding Mint & Lemon Juice: Either one of these can help you bring out the flavor of your tea. You can try each one of them separately or both together.
Now that you know how to properly make green tea, you can experiment with different types to see what you like best. Indulge yourself with a nice cup of tea, sit back & enjoy!
How Green Tea is Different From Your Regular Cup of Tea (chai)?
If you live in India, you probably have been drinking milk tea from a very young age, just like your parents. But have you ever wondered if it has any harmful effects on your body, physically & mentally? If not, I’m going to tell you why replacing your regular cup of tea with green tea is the right option.
Chai, it’s probably the most consumed drink in India, but what is it made of- Milk, Tea, and Sugar. Do you really think it’s healthy for you? You really feel it’s a kick start to your day, it may be, but not in a healthy way. If you’re a tea addict, you probably drink a couple of cups throughout the day. Let me tell you why it’s not as good as you feel:
Dehydration: Excess consumption of chai can reduce the absorption abilities of your tubules, which results in dehydration.
Bloating: This is directly related to dehydration, how dehydration calls for unwanted water retention, which further makes you feel bloated.
Addiction: If you consume a couple of cups per day, you’re most probably addicted to it already. If you’re a regular consumer, you’d start feeling irritable, would have headaches and may experience fatigue until you get your daily dose of chai.
Anxiety: Chai helps in boosting your energy levels but on the other hand if you don’t get your daily cup, you’ll feel drained. Excess consumption can make you feel anxious, restless and even restless.
After reading the facts on both hands, you’re free to choose your cup of tea. Choose safely & healthy!
Best Time to Drink Green Tea?
Between Meals: To maximize the nutrient intake and iron absorption, have a cup in between your meals. (Caffeine in green tea absorbs iron)
Not on an Empty Stomach: Catechins are present in green tea in high amounts, which, if consumed empty stomach can have bad effects on the liver.
Not Just Before Bedtime: The presence of caffeine in green tea can affect your sleeping pattern if consumed just before sleeping. It’s preferred to have a cup 2 hours before bedtime.
Benefits of Green Tea for Skin
You already know how green tea is good for your health, but have you ever thought about using it as a skincare product? I’ll tell you how green tea can be used for making toner, face mask, cleanser as well as steam treatment. Now that you can have a brighter, clearer skin at the tip of your hands, why wait? Keep reading to know the benefits of green tea for skin/face.
Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties and also rich in antioxidant compounds. Therefore, green tea may be beneficial for a wide range of skin problems. Making a toner with green tea is one of the easy processes. Most of the steps to make this toner are just the same as used in the making of green tea.
- Boil purified water into a pot.
- Place the tea bag in a cup & pour hot water in the cup.
- If you’re using loose tea leaves, put 1-2 tablespoon in a strainer & pour hot water over it.
- Let the tea steep for 5 to 10 minutes
- Remove the tea bags & let the water cool down for about 20-30 minutes
- Add 5 to 10 drops of tea tree oil in it for oily skin. (Skip this step is your skin is not oily)
- Transfer the solution into an airtight spray bottle & apply as per your requirement.
Green Tea Steaming for Face
Green Tea Steaming is an impressive process that detoxifies your pores and keeps your skin hydrated. It also reduces the redness of the skin and promotes skin complexion. You should steam your face once a week.
- Boil water over the flame till bubbles start appearing on the top.
- Pour the boiling water into a heatproof bowl
- Add 1-2 tablespoon of loose green tea into the water & let it steep for 1-2 minutes
- Cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl
- Steam your face for 5-10 minutes
- Wash your face to remove the impurities.
Green tea masks for the face are very beneficial, may prevent skin cancer. Actually, Green tea contains an antioxidant called EGCG that fights DNA damage from UV rays. Here are some green tea masks that will help in flushing toxins and pollutants from the skin.
Green Tea + Honey Mask:
- Heat the water till pot boiling temperature and add green tea to it
- Let the tea steep for 3-4 minutes
- Remove the teabag & cut it open in an empty bowl
- Add one tablespoon honey (15ml) and mix well
- Apply this mixture on your face for 15 minutes
- Rinse off with warm water
Green Tea + Coconut oil + Lemon Juice + Honey:
- Add 1 tablespoon of green tea, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil & 2 tablespoons of lemon juice & mix them well.
- Apply on your face with a fingertip.
- Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Rinse it off with warm water.
- Apply twice a week for brighter skin.
Green Tea + Rice Paper Sheet Mask:
- Brew a cup of green tea & put it in a bowl.
- Add your rice paper to the tea & let it soak for 2-3 minutes.
- If you don’t have rice paper, you can use a toffee sheet mask instead of rice paper.
- Place the sheet/mask on your face for 10-15 minutes.
Green Tea + Yogurt:
- Steep green tea for 5 to 10 minutes
- Put the tea leaves in an empty bowl& add 1 tablespoon of yogurt and make a paste
- Apply this mixture on your face and relax for 30 minutes
- Scrub it off with warm water
Green Tea Cleanser
Green Tea cleanser is effective on all types of skin, helps to reduce the appearance of clogged pores, and keeps your skin refreshed. In order to make a green tea cleanser, you need not brew it.
- Add one tablespoon of your regular cleanser to bowl
- Add raw green tea leaves to it
- Mix well and massage with fingers for 5 minutes
- Let it sit for 5 more minutes
- Remove with warm water
Benefits of Green Tea for Hair
As you already know green tea is good for your oral care, skincare & health. Let’s get to know some more of its uses. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin B (panthenol). Vitamin B helps in controlling split ends, helps soften hair & strengthens the roots. Not only this, but green tea also has anti-inflammatory properties which help in the prevention of hair loss. It also helps in fighting dandruff.
How to use Green Tea for Hair?
Green Tea has antioxidant properties and also rich in catechins, which reduces DTH (dihydrotestosterone). DTH is responsible for hair loss, therefore Green tea can reduce Hair Loss and also reduces the dryness of the scalp that causes dandruff. Here are some blends of green tea that provides a great effect on the health of Hair. Let us have a look at the benefits of green tea for hair.
Green Tea with Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is popularly known for its antimicrobial properties that help to remove dead skin cells and decreases the risk of dandruff.
- Add aloe vera gel to green tea and mix well
- Massage this mixture into the scalp & keep it for 10-15 minutes
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- Apply this Hair Pack twice a week.
Green Tea And Coconut Oil
This remedy helps to repair dull and dry hair. Coconut Oil improves the hydration of the scalp and reduces dryness.
- Mix green tea with coconut oil in a bowl.
- Apply this mixture on hair and the scalp.
- Massage it into scalp & hair for 5-10 minutes.
- For extra nourishment, add an egg to the mixture.
- Wash it off after 1 hour with a mild shampoo to get gorgeous hair.
Green Tea And Lemon
It is one of the simple remedies to get rid of dandruff. lemon contains citric acid that helps to maintain the ph balance of the scalp, removes excess oil and cure dandruff. The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea treat scalp infections.
- Rinse green tea and add some lemon to it
- Mix well and apply on scalp
- It helps in treating dandruff
Green Tea And Honey
Honey is full of antioxidant properties and this blend (Green Tea + Honey) strengthens the hair follicles, keeping your scalp and hair healthy.
- Make 1 cup of green tea and add honey to it
- Mix well and apply to the roots of the hair
- Leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinse off.
- Use this hair mask twice a week.
Green Tea Manicure & Pedicure
I don’t really like spending much on manicure & pedicure. If you’re like me, let me tell you how I save these expenses by doing it at home. It’s an easy, non-expensive way.
- Dip the tea bag in boiled water and allow it to infuse for 1-2 minutes.
- Let it cool for some time.
- Soak your fingernails in green tea for 15-20 minutes
- -Do it once a week
- Repeat the above procedure for your feet.
- Moreover, You can add essential oils if you want
- Adding essential oil will help in removing foot odor.
Top 10 green tea brands to buy in India?
- Typhoo: Rs. 320 (100 teabags)
- Organic India: Rs. 150 (25 tea bags)
- 24 Mantra Organic Green Tea: Rs. 150 (100gm)
- LaPlant Green Tea: Rs. 130 (50gm)
- Twinings Green Tea: Rs. 910 (50gm)
- Himalaya Green Tea: Rs. 110
- Basilur: Rs. 350 (30gm)
- Lipton: Rs. 120 (20 tea bags)
- Tetley: Rs. 450 (30 tea bags)
- Taj Mahal Green Tea: Rs. 455 (10 tea bags)
” You Can Not Buy Happiness But You Can Buy Green Tea And That Kind Of The Same Thing”
No, You should not drink green tea before bedtime. green tea contains caffeine that can affect your sleep. It is good to drink green tea before 2 hours of bedtime.
A big YES! Having a cup regularly protects your mouth from cavities, gum diseases & bad breath. Also, it’s known to prevent oral cancer.
It is good to drink green tea between your meals, for example, two-hour before or after. This will maximize the nutrition intake and also helps in the absorption of iron from your meal.
There are no known side effects of drinking green tea for adults. In Particular, pregnant women, those who have heart problems, liver problems, stomach ulcers should avoid green tea.