Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Green Tea with Honey

Green Tea with Honey - An Anti-aging Concoction

Do you love drinking green or black tea? If you do because you’re aware of its health benefits, good for you! Green teas have ten times the amount of antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables. With the number of times I have mentioned the word antioxidant in terms of anti aging, you may have already picked up exactly what I’m getting at. Antioxidants are your best defense against a host of health problems including premature aging! Who wouldn’t want to look and feel young for a very long time?

Having originated from China, green tea has been used by Asians as an alternative medicine to prevent and treat diseases for thousands of years. It contains large amounts of catechin polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that are responsible for providing those numerous wonderful health benefits. Unlike black and oolong teas, green tea is minimally processed thereby preventing those potent polyphenols from being oxidized. This makes green tea the best choice out of all caffeinated beverages for those caffeine drinkers who are serious about fighting free radical damage.  

Several studies concluded that green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells including those in esophageal cancer without harming healthy tissue. A large percentage of Japanese men are smokers but it is believed that because they are among the biggest consumers of green tea, their risk of heart disease is amazingly low. Green tea can also help lower one’s risk of stroke, infection, hypercholesterolemia or hyperlipidemia, and obesity. It has also been found to be helpful in treating rheumatoid arthritis.      

There have also been studies suggesting that green tea applied to the skin can be as effective as drinking it in terms of treating skin ailments like acne and premature signs of aging. It is not that easy to find a natural skin care product with green tea so making your own concoction in your kitchen may be just as effective if not better. Do you have Manuka honey or any raw honey? Due to its antiseptic or antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties, honey can be a perfect addition to a homemade toner if you are prone to acne or eczema and psoriasis, all of which involve inflammatory processes that result in a disturbance to the epidermal barrier. Honey is also thought to stimulate production of special cells that can help repair tissue damaged by infection. Produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush, Manuka honey is believed to be 100 times more potent than regular honey because of its high concentration of methylglyoxal (MG), a compound that gives honey its antibacterial property. Other regular types of honey still contain this compound although in less concentrations but if you’d rather use what you have in your kitchen, you may still benefit from honey’s amazing skin care benefits. Having said all that, let’s create a recipe you can add to your skin care regimen. You won’t regret it! Just make sure you are not allergic to honey.

Get yourself a package of 100% all natural green tea, raw honey (or Manuka honey which can be very expensive depending on its UMF or Unique Manuka Factor, a measure of its antibacterial strength), and purified water (or deionized water) from the store if you don’t have any in your kitchen. You will also need a small glass or plastic container with lid to put the toner in. Boil half a cup of purified water and add in a tea bag. Wait about 3-5 minutes then remove the tea bag. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of (Manuka) honey with the tea and transfer to a container with lid. Refrigerate toner for 1 week and apply generously on cleansed skin with a cotton ball twice a day before your moisturizer. Make a new batch every week. You should feel a difference in how your skin looks and feels in about a week or two.     
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