Just mix 100 gms of green tea and half a litre of water and let it sit for 30-40 minutes at room temperature after which strain the liquid and store it in refrigerator. You can use this mixture to instantly refresh your tired face after a long day, or to treat minor rashes, cuts and blemishes and to treat sun burns. This will also help you clear acne from skin, while thus preventing it from coming back. Green tea leaves can also be used as a gentle exfoliator. Mix 3 teaspoons of yogurt with 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves and slowly massage you face with it after which let it stay for 5 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water. Oligomeric proanthocyanidins is one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature and the high levels of the same are present in green tea. It is said to help in slowing down the premature ageing process thus leaving your skin youthful.
5. Keeps Allergies at Bay:
EGCG found in green tea blocks key cell receptors that produce histamine and immunoglobulin E (IgE), which are compounds that are involved in producing an allergic response, and thus helps in stopping your body from reacting to allergens like pollen, pet dander and dust amongst others.
6. Healthy Hair:
Green tea is known to inhibit growth of DHT, which are known to hinder hair growth and cause hair fall. Components of green tea react with testosterone making sure that the amount testosterone in the blood remains balanced so that it does not react with 5- alpha reductase and convert to DHT. It also helps in preventing and curing common hair problems such as dandruff and psoriasis by reducing the inflammation due to it antiseptic properties. Green tea is also known to stimulate hair growth and soften hair. It contains polyphenols, vitamin E and vitamin C, which are known to boost lustrous hair. You can easily make a green tea rinse at home by steeping 3-4 bags of green tea half a litre of water and using this water as the last rinse after you have shampooed and conditioned your hair with your favourite shampoo and conditioner.
7. Managing Diabetes:
Green tea helps in managing type II diabetes, as the natural anti-oxidants present in it inhibit the secretion of an enzyme known as alpha-glucosidase, which in turn slows down the absorption of glucose in the blood stream. It means that less insulin is required to manage the glucose in the blood stream and thus green tea properties help in controlling and managing this disease.
8. Managing Blood Pressure:
Green tea contains caffeine, which is not good for people who suffer from hypertension. But because the percentage of caffeine is very low in green tea with positive effects on the overall health of the heart, it helps in managing diabetes and cholesterol, thus managing high blood pressure. The caffeine issue can be easily resolved by switching to a decaffeinated brand of green tea.