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Latin Name: camellia sinensis
Forms Available: tea bag
Green Tea – camellia sinensis – Green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, water being the first, and has been used medicinally for centuries in China and Japan. That is because a number of beneficial health effects in green tea are attributed to regular consumption of green tea and dried/powdered extracts of green tea.
Green tea comes from the leaves of the white-flowered tea plant, Camellia sinensis, a bush native to Asia. These tea leaves are less processed than black tea and contain rich sources of antioxidants which protect the body’s cells from damage and fight diseases. The antioxidants, which are the beneficial particles in green tea, have been linked to cancer prevention, decreased risk of stroke, heart diseases, and lowered blood cholesterol.
Catechin, a tanin derivative found in tea, is the main component which provides benefits in green tea and is present in higher amounts than in grape juice and red wine, which are also believed to reduce the rate of heart disease. In toiletries, green tea powder is a wonderful addition to provide skin soothing properties to toiletries along with possible antioxidant benefits.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The antioxidants, which are the beneficial particles in green tea, have been linked to cancer prevention, decreased risk of stroke, heart diseases, and lowered blood cholesterol.