Green tea is a tea made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. It is brewed into a golden colour as it is made from dissolving the light oxidised tea leaves with boiling water. Started in China, the green tea has spread to entire Asia using different horticultural methods. Light oxidation of tea leaves retains many polyphenols and many other compounds which are responsible for the positive effects of green tea. Uses of green tea have been exploited in using it as a face scrub, hair mask apart from drinking it as a refreshing drink.
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Regular green tea contributes to 1 calorie/100ml and it contains many vitamins such as Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and C and polyphenols. The uses of Green tea is thus known for fat oxidation, good skin, good hair along with good mental health. Apart from consuming green tea as a drink, it can be used as a beauty remedy which is easy to use at home. So, stop discarding your green tea bags and utilize them for DIY uses thus adding more value to the money you have spent on buying the expensive green tea!
Benefits of Green Tea for Skin
Green tea is loaded with many volatile compounds and antioxidants, which makes it good for skin. Uses of green tea for skin are using it as a face scrub and to cure dark circles. The brewed green leaves after making a tea is usually discarded as many people do not know any other uses of green tea. Let us understand the effect of green tea for skin:
1. As a face scrub
The brewed tea leaves can be used as a rejuvenating face scrub along with honey which can give an instant glow skin.
2. To lighten dark circles
The green tea sachet should be frozen and then applied to both the eyes. Noticeable changes can be observed within fifteen days.
3. As a face mask
Green tea can be mixed with honey and applied as a facemask to fight against ageing.
Other benefits of green tea for skin include:
1. To treat acne
Green tea cuts down the sebum production which is the main cause of break out of acne. Gives an acne free skin as it contains a lot of antioxidants which can stop the acne to pop up.
2. To reduce puffiness
It can reduce puffiness of the dark circle through its rich content. Green tea has flavonoids and tannins which are mainly responsible for tightening the skin and also shrinks the blood vessels around the dark circle.
3. To maintain healthy skin
Green tea can minimize the pores in the skin thus preventing breakouts. It fights against the free radicals thus maintaining healthy skin. Green tea face mask can improve the skin’s texture.
Uses of Green Tea for Hair
Green tea benefits are plenty due to its composition. It can lessen the hair loss, strengthen the hair strands. Green tea benefits for hair include:
1. Controls the growth of split ends
Improve the hair growth by strengthening the hair follicle and controlling the volume of split ends.
2. Promotes hair growth
Drinking or topical application of green tea on scalp promotes hair growth, which is one of the biggest reasons why girls have started consuming green tea today!
3. Blocks baldness
Baldness is a common problem seen usually in men than in women. Baldness is caused due to many reasons such as stress, bathing with hot water, wrong shampoos but nobody understands that it is due to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone. Green tea can block dihydrotestosterone, which is responsible for baldness.
4. Cures dandruff
Dandruff is commonly seen in people today and it causes hair fall and acne issues. The biggest benefit of green tea is that it can cure the biggest scalp issue that is dandruff.
5. Gives shiny hair
Green tea can give good lustre to the skin and who wouldn’t like it? Start drinking green tea daily and see the effects within a few weeks.
How to Use Green Tea for Hair?
Does green tea act as a shampoo or a hair mask? The right application method must be known to reap all the benefits of green tea.
1. Rinsing with green tea
Wash your hair with a shampoo and massage the scalp with a cool brewed green tea. Leave it for ten minutes and rinse with water. This process will promote the hair growth
2. Sipping green tea
Daily consumption of green tea can show positive results in hair growth. This is because green tea is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
3. Green tea along with aloe vera gel
The brewed green tea can be mixed with aloe vera gel for rinsing hair. You may have to blend this mixture to get a mixture that is easy to apply. This can be a good conditioner and will give a good lustre to your hair.
4. Add argan oil to green tea
Adding few drops of argan oil to a cup of freshly brewed green tea. Using this mixture to rinse your hair will help beat frizziness and dryness of the hair.
5. Whisk green tea with egg
Eggs are known to make the hair shiny and soft. Combined with green tea it can truly work wonders for your hair. To make the mask, break an egg (or two if you have long hair), whisk it and slowly add freshly prepared green tea to it. Stir it well and keep adding until it gets a good consistency.
Other Uses of Green Tea
Apart from achieving healthy skin and hair, there are many other uses of green tea such as:
1. It can promote weight loss through fat oxidation
2. Consuming it before exercise can improve the performance.
3. Green tea is a refreshing drink as it has antioxidants.
4. It can improve the memory
5. It has positive effects on moody people.
6. It can be useful for Alzheimer and Parkinson’s patients.
7. An energetic tea as it has caffeine.
8. Green tea can increase the GABA activity and thus cure anxiety levels.
Side Effects of Green Tea
Too much of anything is bad for health, hence one must take care to consume not more than 3 cups a day. Powerful side effects of green tea include:
1. Consuming green tea on an empty stomach can cause liver damage
2. Drinking it before going to sleep can keep you awake for a long time due to its caffeine content
3. Green tea should be limited to pregnant ladies and anaemic patients as it can limit the iron absorption.
4. Cancer patients must not consume green tea, until and unless advised by the doctor.
[Read more: 14 Important Green Tea Side Effects You Need To Know]
Green tea is a light yet energetic drink which is consumed by many ladies in India for weight loss purpose, however, the other uses of green tea have been under-utilized. A cup of green tea can bring many positive effects in one’s life. It is amazing to understand how a simple tea cannot only improve skin, hair but also it can make you stronger through its polyphenol and antioxidant content.