A little fact about me.
I love tea.
No joke. On average I consume 5-6 cups a day. I may have a problem.
Being someone who used to love coffee…drank it every day for almost 3 years, then, one day, went into Dunkin’s, ordered my regular coffee, cream and sugar, took one sip and immediately felt cracked out.
I thought it was a one-off, so the next day I did the same thing.
Long story short: caffeine in coffee cracks me out.
That is why I drink tea every day. Mostly I drink different varieties of green and spiced teas (you know I’m all about the spices), but today I am going to talk about the most common and wildly popular black tea.
Black tea is an excellent part of your diet because of its numerous health benefits. Due to increased oxidation, the tea has more flavor and caffeine than its other counterparts and is rich in antioxidants, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, it is one of the most powerful grocery store staples that can be used topically.
Most often “black tea is made from leaves of Camellia Sinesis shrub and this shrub is more oxidized than green and white teas. So this tea has stronger flavor than other teas. It acts as fabulous beauty aid. The strong antioxidants along with vitamins E and C fight the free radicals to beautify and rejuvenate the skin and can be used for many other beauty remedies. So here are some fascinating ways to use black tea can help you to look and feel beautiful naturally.”
So what are some of the health benefits?
Health & Beauty Benefits of Black Tea:
Consumption of the drink reduces the propensity of cardiovascular problems. The antioxidants, prevent the damage to the blood stream and the artery walls, and help lower the risk of heart disease.
It reduces plaque formation as well as restricts bacteria growth that promotes the formation of cavities and tooth decays, due to the polyphenols found in black tea.
Stimulates the Brain and Nervous System:
The low amounts of caffeine promote the blood flow in the brain, without stimulating the heart, and improves mental alertness and concentration. The amino acids found inside of it can help you relax the mind and body.
It has also been suggested that regular tea drinkers have stronger bones and lower probability of developing arthritis due to the phytochemicals found inside of it.
Aids in Weight Loss:
Since it is low in sodium, fat and calories, it is highly beneficial for maintaining a healthy weight. It boosts the metabolic activity and thus, aids in weight loss.
Reduces Puffy Eyes:
The caffeine helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and as a result eliminate darkness around the eye area.
Reduces Foot Odor:
Additionally, tannin’s help control the smell of feet and make them feel relaxed.
Helps to Tan Skin:
Similar to “coloring” hair, rubbing your body with a sponge soaked in black tea or submerging yourself in a tub full of it will enhance tanned skin. Warning: This can get a little sticky and streaky.
Treats Rashes and Bumps After Shaving:
Seem like the tannin’s are rocking it in tea; they provide immediate relief to a nick when a cold tea bag is placed on the affected area.
Enhances Hair Color:
If you’re looking for a chemical-free alternative to dyeing your hair, try using tea. Its staining properties add color to naturally blonde or brunette locks. Holistic Chick breaks down which teas have the best color payoff.
To naturally reduce the puffiness under you eye simply soak two tea bags in warm water and place them on your closed eyelids for 15-20 minutes. The tannin’s will soothe out those tired eyes.
I love doing this series and sharing all these interesting facts with you guys! Leave me a comment below with what I should do next.