Sure, we all know the benefits of drinking a nice steaming cup of green tea (in our favourite teacup, of course); we’re talking improving brain function, aiding digestion, lowering cholesterol, and assisting weight loss to name a few. Green tea so powerful for our health, it’s been used in Indian and Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. (That’s one of the reasons that we use it in our Maaemo Organic Skincare).
But did you know there are actually a slew of other uses for green tea, besides consuming it hot every morning? Here are our top four favourite ways to reap the benefits of green tea:
Shiny, Healthy Hair
According to research, green tea may help prevent hormonal hair loss, support hair growth (yes, please…) and help create healthier hair. So why not treat your tresses to a little TLC with a homemade hair mask? Easy to make, all you need to do is prepare 2-3 teabags in hot water. Then add some coconut oil and honey. Mix this up into a mask-like consistency and massage on to your scalp and throughout your hair. Leave it in for half an hour and rinse. An egg can also be added to this mixture for hair health and shine. This mask can be done twice a week, as needed.
Now that there are so many amazing organic and natural sunscreens on offer, we’re assuming you don’t get sunburned much anymore, but if you get caught out you can actually turn to green tea for relief. This is because green tea contains tannic acid and theobromine, which can relieve any pain and help heal the damaged skin. Try steeping two tea bags in a cup of water for 30 minutes to an hour. Then let a soft, clean cloth soak up the tea and apply it gently to the affected area. Leave to dry. You can apply as many times as you like.
Another way to help heal and soothe your skin is to look for certified organic skincare that contains green tea. That way, you get all the benefits of it being applied topically to your skin, along with the benefits of the other organic ingredients used. Maaemo Purifying Gel Cleanser, for example, contains green tea extract as well as aloe vera, chamomile extract, orange peel and a range of other organic, vegan goodness. This organic skincare helps revitalise your skin by deeply cleansing your pores. It also helps prevent breakouts, protects your skin between uses and has anti-aging properties. Yep, it packs a punch.
For reducing puffy eyes
Late nights, early mornings? We hear you. Sometimes our eyes just need a little lift and a little help. We recommend the Maaemo Hydra-Lift Eye Gel (which contains green tea extract) because we’re justifiably biased! But if you’re waiting anxiously for your delivery to come and you need a quick pick-me-up in the meantime, grab two green teabags, let them steep in cool water (but not for too long), then place them gently on your eyes for 10-20 minutes. The chilled temperature will help depuff you, and the caffeine will invigorate your skin. A quick, temporary fix!
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