Tea For Health And Beauty
Tea is undoubtedly a refreshing and calming drink, popular through the centuries for its aromatic and restorative qualities. The Chinese, who discovered the beverage, popularised the medicinal benefits of the drink. In the beauty and cosmetics world, ‘antioxidants’ is a buzz term that is ubiquitous across many products. What exactly are antioxidants? Antioxidants are chemical compounds that prevent your cells from being damaged by free radicals. These compounds occur naturally in all sorts of foods; blueberries, beans and tea leaves. The high levels of polyphenol found in tea leaves are the main source of antioxidants. Consuming tea on a regular basis ensures a continued intake of antioxidants. In addition, the art of brewing tea provides a pocket of peace in the hustle and bustle of our world.
Green teas are rich in antioxidants and the tea itself guards against free radicals. Green tea is high in polyphenols, such as catechins. As a result, green tea is commonly infused into skincare products with claims to alleviate a wide range of skin issues. Another lesser known tea for health and beauty is white tea. Due to the minimal manufacturing and oxidation process, white tea leaves give a lighter flavour and aroma than green or black teas. Furthermore, many of the natural antioxidants are preserved.
Health branches out into two main aspects: physical and mental. Tea possesses high anti-inflammatory properties that makes it a home remedy that many turn to. As aforementioned, the practice of mindfulness when brewing and appreciating tea is a great way for one to stay rooted and well adjusted in a world that is increasingly stimulating.
This does not mean that herbal teas , which do not contain parts of the tea plant, do not possess any beneficial properties. Ginger tea is widely recognised as an aid to nausea. Turmeric, is an Ayurvedic ingredient that boasts anti-inflammatory properties as well as antioxidants. Haflong Tea’s Safran des Indes , is a herbal brew with turmeric as its key ingredient.
Over time, tea has evolved to be more than a drink, courtesy of tea lovers across time and cultures. No wonder Lau Tzu called tea ‘the elixir of life’!
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