Everyone knows that green tea is healthy, but it’s fantastic for much more than just a tasty beverage. Green tea is actually fantastic for a good bit of health issues you might not be aware of yet. No matter if you choose decaf or regular green tea, you’ll still get the benefits. You might be hearing a good bit about matcha green tea these days too. Matcha green tea is an unheated form of green tea from Japan, which is richer in antioxidants than regular green tea. No matter if you choose matcha tea or regular though, you’ll still get plenty of the health benefits of green tea, as you’ll see. Find out my favorite ways to use it and let me know if you have any too!
1. Smoothie Tricks
One way I like to pump up my smoothies with green tea is by freezing brewed green tea into ice cube trays. You can use these instead of regular ice cubes for a thick smoothie that tastes slightly sweet, and incredibly refreshing. I also like to add 1 tsp. of green tea leaves, either opened up from a tea bag or from a loose leaf variety, to my smoothies if I don’t have time to freeze the tea into cubes. This is an easy way to add antioxidants to your smoothie, as well as increase your metabolism a bit. Plus, green tea is calming, so this makes a great way to unwind with just a few sips.
2. Facial Cleanser
Did you know you can also use green tea as a facial cleanser? Brew green tea and let it cool completely. You can brew a stronger brew for an even greater effect. Then, wash your face in this instead of water, perhaps in a bowl with a cloth over the sink so you don’t waste any. This is a fantastic way to calm the skin from redness or acne since green tea is a natural anti-inflammatory agent.
3. Anti-acne Treatment
As I mentioned, you can use green tea to treat acne since it calms inflammation. The best way to use it as an anti-acne treatment is to drink about 6 cups a day. I would suggest using decaf if you’re sensitive to caffeine though. I started doing this years ago, and saw it made a pretty big difference in my skin. Green tea, along with most any plant food that’s green, is almost sure to help clear your skin. You can also use the leaves with water and honey to make a paste, and use it as an anti-acne mask that also softens.
4. Hair Rinse
Yep, you can even use green tea on your hair! I don’t do this often, but I do know it works. All you need to do is take a pot of brewed tea, and use it as a rinse in the shower after shampooing and conditioning. Be sure it’s cooled down, since that heightens its effects. This will help seal the ends, as well as soften your hair, and it’s noticeable after just one use.
5. Perk You up
Since green tea spikes the metabolism, it’s a great way to give you energy when you need a boost. The best part is, it comes without jitters like caffeine can usually cause, due to the amino acid L-Theanine found in green tea. I would suggest drinking it mid morning and mid-afternoon for this benefit, when most people’s energy and brain function begin to drop.
6. Focus Factor
Green tea is also a fantastic way to focus during the day. Drink one or two cups in place of coffee if you can. It helps you focus without overstimulating you, which is great for those anxiety-laden mornings!
7. Digestive Aid
Green tea also contains a special component that helps it cleanse your digestive tract. This happens in two ways. First, the phytochemicals in green tea act as natural cleansers. Secondly, because green tea is so calming, it increases peristalsis in the bowels, which only happens when you’re calm and relaxed. This is necessary for optimal digestion, as well as regularity.
My favorite way to consume tea is a hot cup in the late afternoon. This is usually when I need a boost and need to relax a bit too. Green tea is my go-to for that. I use everything from matcha to plain green tea bags, but do try to buy organic when I can. I also like to drink decaf green tea at night if I’m a little anxious or having trouble relaxing. Do you drink green tea? What benefits have you seen from it?