Drink it HOT can instantly bring a sense of calm to a stressful day and have it ICED is totally refreshing.
“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
According to WebMD.com, tea is a name given to a lot of brews, but purists consider only green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, and pu-erh tea – they are all derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, a shrub native to China and India, and contain unique antioxidants called flavonoids. The most potent of these, known as EGCG, may help against free radicals that can contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries.
Here are 11 health and beauty benefits of tea:
Saves Your Immunity.
An amino acid in tea called theanine activates cells involved in the body’s first line of defense which reduces the risk of infection.
Keeps Your Heart Healthy.
It improves the function of endothelia, the inner lining of the blood cells such as the arteries and veins.
Fights Against Free Radicals.
Contains high levels of polyphenols, flavonoids and catechins which prevents free radicals to harm your healthy cells.
Keeps You Slim.
It helps burn fat and calories and increases your body’s metabolism.
Is An Anti-Inflammatory.
The catechins in tea may be prophylactic for arthritis and bone injuries by reducing swelling and slowing cartilage breakdown.
Makes Bones and Teeth Healthy.
The flavonoids help build strong bones and increase bone mineral densities. It also contains fluoride which kills bacteria ,control bad breath and plaque formation
Increase alertness and improves concentration.
When the heart and respiratory system are stimulated by caffeine, it brings more oxygen to the brain.
Reduces puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles.
The caffeine helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate darkness around the eye area. Cheap and effective puffy eye treatment!
Adds shine to dull hair.
Use green or black tea and steep tea bags in boiling water for 20 minutes. Let it cool for a few hours. Then, pour it onto freshly-washed hair and leave on for 15 minutes. Don’t forget to shampoo and condition afterwards to seal in the shine.
Helps to get rid smelly feet odor.
Funky and sweaty feets? Tea got you covered. Boil green or black tea and let it cool, afterwards soak your feet for 20 minutes. The tannic acid in tea is both antibacterial and antifungal which helps to get rid of the smell.
Face mask & scrub.
Mix equal amounts green tea and a teaspoon of honey for the face mask. Honey helps in rejuvenating your skin and green tea helps tightens the skin.
Mix green tea, brown sugar and water for the scrub. It is organic and light on the skin and helps your skin glow.
What do you love most about tea?
Share it now in the comment sections below! 🙂
Green tea is great with honey. Thanks to my sister. Sipping a cup of green tea curbs my voracious appetite! A fast fact though, honey is best when used with a plastic spoon instead of using a metal spoon. This way you retain the honey’s freshness and nutrients.
Thanks for the fun fact about honey – haven’t heared of that before ? I love adding some lemon slices, mint leaves and honey to my tea 🙂