Medicinal Values & Use Of Green Tea
World is full of so many wonderful herbs what plays a vital role in maintaining our health and vitality. Green Tea is one of those rare breed of herbs that helps our humankind in a great way. Generally, a question comes in mind what is green tea. So let us explore it.
What is Green Tea?
Green Tea derives from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, or Tea plant cultivated in a vast hilly lands. Generally, there are two types of Tea Plants seen
- Chinese tea, Camellia sinensis var. sinensis,
- Indian tea, Camellia sinensis var. assamica, which also having three major divisions
- Darjeeling Tea (Best And Known Worldwide for test and aroma)
- Assam Tea
- Niligiri Tea
There is also White Tea, Yellow Tea, and Black Tea etc. where the leaves are not used for making tea stem or buds are chosen for those purposes.
Interesting Facts About Green Tea:
- It is a native of Asia
- China, India, Sri Lanka are major producer of tea
- It is generally cultivated worldwide now in mostly tropical and subtropical areas
- From last 4000 years Tea is a traditional drink in China
- Hilly lands are preferred for cultivation
- Mainly women workers are seen in the tea gardens as it believed that women can pick up the soft leafs easily and smoothly then men.
- Water logging can damage the garden so a special precaution always given to this matter
- Sirish (Albizia lebbeck.) are also planted in the gardens for making shades to the tea trees.
- Darjeeling tea is called the champagne of tea: a black tea, which is one of the world’s most highly prized tea varieties.
- Green tea was first introduced in somewhere near to 2737 BC
- 400 tons of Darjeeling tea sold under the name Darjeeling every year, but only 100 tons actually comes from Darjeeling.
- After tourism, the cultivation of tea is India’s second largest industry.
- Oolong tea, a Chinese and Taiwanese tea with a fruity aroma, is also often called Dragon’s Tea
- Ritz Carlton of Hong Kong, the world’s most expensive afternoon tea is drunk – you can spend up to $8,888 dollars there.
- China with 1,640,310 Metric Tonnes proves themselves as the number one tea production country in the world, while India with 966,733 Metric Tonnes comes in second (Data Of 2006)
- More than 35% of worlds tea demands comes from China
- In general, two grams of tea per 100 ml of water is the best ratio for a healthy testy drink.
- Steeping green tea too hot or too long will result in a bitter, astringent brew, (the best brewing temperatures are 61 to 69 °C and the shortest times about 30 seconds)
Medical Values & Uses Of Green Tea:
- Tea is a natural antioxidant, and rich in vitamins: it contains vitamins B2, B1 and B6. Tea, however, is also rich in potassium, manganese, folic acid, and calcium.
- It helps in reduction of excess fats of the body
- It lowers the risk of heart disease
- It lowers certain types of cancer (Breast, Ovarian, Prostate etc)
- They are rich of flavonoids
- Good for Insomnia
- Good for Osteoarthritis
- Good for UTI
- Good For Obesity
- Good for Diabetes
- Good for BPH
- Good For Allergic Cough
- Reduces Stress
- A good brain tonic
- Good for Alzheimer's disease.
Much tea maker company are making it commercially. It is easily available in all grocery or herbal shops.