Green Box Of Goodness

The magical health benefits of green tea

Mohini Mehrotra Published Sep 17, 2020 17:50:26 IST
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One of the most popular beverages worldwide, green tea is immensely sought after for its powerhouse properties. Here’s why green tea should earn pride of place on your health-and-beauty shelf.

Sip on wellness

Green tea naturally contains the highest amounts of flavonoids, phytonutrients that help improve heart health. Research points to its multiple health benefits, such as its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties and cholesterol-lowering effects.

Soothe your nerves

Studies show that one cup of this antioxidant-rich brew can help calm the nerves, reduce anxiety and improve alertness. This is due to the presence of the amino acid L-theanine, which has a therapeutic effect on the mind and body.

Drop kilos

Rich in caffeine and catechin, a type of antioxidant, green tea is known to rev up our metabolism and aid weight loss. Various studies also suggest that green tea helps cultivate good bacteria in the gut. Drinking it on a regular basis offers health benefits that significantly lower the risk of obesity in the long run.

Turn back time

Green tea’s anti-ageing properties are great for skin.

Here’s a DIY recipe for how you can use it for your at-home beauty regimen:

Cleanser: Empty out a used green tea bag and mix the loose leaves with a tablespoon of face cleanser or wash. Apply on your face and neck and leave on for about 10–15 minutes. Gently scrub and then rinse to remove.

Toner: Steep a few green tea bags and lemon juice in hot water. Add a few drops of tea-tree essential oil once the infusion cools. Store it in a spray bottle and spritz on your face once or twice a day for skin that looks instantly refreshed. A single batch should last around three days.

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